Instagram hates SEX-ED +… and vice-versa.

It was only a matter of time before it happened…10 days ago, SEX-ED + was given the boot by Instagram without warning. Our virtual universe is much more comfortable with racist memes than with colourful reproduction of genitalia in an educative and scientific context. Colour me surprised! Concretely, how does this algorithmic decision impact the project? Three years of content lost. Countless conversations with sex educators across the globe deleted. And a lingering question: how can sex educators and sexual health professionals  keep on doing their job with this threat

Sexuality education of future health professionals

To develop tools that are best adapted to the needs of health professionals, SEX-ED + circulated a survey in novembre 2020, asking doctors, nurses, OB/GYNs,  midwive, physios, sexologists or any other medical professional, to complete it. Questions were about the sexual health received during med school (if at all), the topics covered and the pedagogical tools used during class and training. The goal is to understand better what health professionals have been taught while in school, which pedagogical supports they had access to and if they felt ready to support

Sexuality éducation for people who are Blind or visually impaired

“Perhaps unwittingly, people on our society tend to maintain the view that individuals with any physical disability are asexual, childlike, and without the need for sexual health education.” (Murphy &Young, 2005) Despite those ableist beliefs, research shows that folks who are Blind or Visually impaired have the same ratio of consensual sexual activity than sighted ones, only a few years later (which seems to be linked to social isolation). And are at increased risk of experiencing sexual abuse. This is why it is fundamental for sexuality education to be delivered

Better tools for sex educators

Vulve avec clitoris imbriqué- Modèle 2- Silicone- Adapté aux contextes avec de nombreuses manipulations (plus solide)

SEX-ED + produces didactical supports that contribute to a better knowledge of genital anatomies and sexual responses. Its tools answer the needs of sexuality education and sexual health professionals. www. positivesexed.org SUBS: This is the silicone reproduction of the vulva of a cis, dyadic woman. It took time to get there, but now the clitoris is insertable AND made of silicone. So there is no risk anymore to break it during manipulation. We are quite happy and proud to have improved this already great tool. VIDEO: shows a white woman

SEX-ED FAILS (and how to get better)

“I remember my first sexual experiences…two vaginas, and I had no idea what to do. It’s always penis and vagina. It’s never anything else, so I had to google ‘how do you have gay sex?’.” Patrick

However good the intentions, sex education can fail at being inclusive of all realities, bodies and identities. A good way to learn and to get better at what we are doing is to LISTEN to those who are on the receiving end of sexuality education, and to understand how our content and delivery may affect them. The following content about sex-ed fails and how sex educators can do better is inspired from “Here’s Your Anatomy…Good Luck”: Transgender Individuals in Cisnormative Sex Education by Steven Hobaica, Kyle Schofield & Paul Kwon,

What is SEX-ED + about?

Do you know that the first clitoris was only available in 2016? It may seem surprising, but in 2020 we are still gathering knowledge around genitalia. This has consequences on the way we treat and perceive our body, or the bodies of others. It also impacts the training of medical professionals and the quality of care and intervention. No one would consider teaching cardiology using this type of tool: (shows a red paper heart). But in sex-ed right now we have this type of tool: (shows a plastic banana). And

Bookworm alert! Take a tour of SEX-ED + bookshelves

Because SEX-ED + would never have existed without the artistic, activist and scientific publications of others, let’s put the spotlight on people who give us food for thoughts. Cliquez ici pour voir la liste des titres en Français. Hot, Wet and Shaking, by Kaleigh Trace, Invisible Publishing. The author – disabled, queer, sex-educator – chronicles her journey from ignorance to bliss as she shamelessly discusses her sexual exploits, bodily negotiations and attempts at adulthood, sparing none of the details and assuming you are not polite company.   The Ultimate Guide to

Interview: the human behind SEX-ED + project

Pénis au repos en plâtre- Modèle 4

Interview by Pedro Marques for Vamos falar de sexualidade/ Let’s talk about sexuality blog. Translation and Correction and: Ana Filipa Monteiro 10 January 2020 Q: What has motivated you to work in the specific fields of sex education and sexual / reproductive health & rights? It sort of just happened. In university I have been studying social movements, especially queer, feminist and anti-authoritarian organizations and politics. I was also active in those movements, where issues around bodies and sexualities are discussed with a political perspective. I facilitated workshops, did a

SEX-ED + Frequently Asked Questions

What is the link between consent and genitalia? Quite often, people wonder about the link between consent and genitalia. We could go on about this for hours. But to keep that answer short : To consent, we need to communicate. And to be able to communicate, all people involved need to have common words and knowledge. Knowing the name of things (body parts, sex acts, sensations…), being able to identify what is pleasurable, what is (un)comfortable, what is painful, not being ashamed of saying those things is fundamental. By improving

Print your own 3D clitoris!

Do you realize that the first modelization of a clitoris has only been available since 2016? And that this amazing scientific step has been possible thanks to the generosity of independent French researcher Odile Fillod who decided to dedicate one year of her life to the project, without any funding? Thank to her work, supported by Philippe Cosentino and le Carrefour numérique -Cité des sciences Paris, the file for printing a 3D clitoris is now available to all. But how do you print a 3D clitoris? It’s quite easy, let