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Description: Mid/late twenties, Femme POC trans person wearing a button-down long sleeve blue and burgundy floral shirt. He has a thin hoop septum and nose ring/piercing. He also has a small stud lip piercing. He has a beard and mustache and tied-up wavey hair up-top and is shaved on the sides. Wearing dark rimmed glasses, he is sitting in front of grey curtains and wood panel wall, speaking to audience/camera.
The impact of my sex education, or really lack thereof because I didn’t have any. It furthered my curiosity but it also meant that I was doing things that were, could have been dangerous to my health or somebody else’s health. And really putting, and not just my physical health, but my emotional and psychological health, and the same for the people that I was interacting with. It meant that I had to find all the answers on my own and sometimes, that meant asking people who weren’t safe people to be asking. And it meant that I really had an incomplete picture of where my body and my gender and myself and my sexuality actually fit in my tiny world but also in the world out at large. It also meant that when people who shouldn’t be accepting consent from me chose to I wasn’t even in a position to understand why that could have been a problem.
Description: Black Femme woman with short dark curly hair. She is wearing a denim colored tank top, hanging round earrings and a neckless that says “No.” She is sitting in front of a white concrete wall speaking to audience/camera.
The impact of learning about sex ed has been really powerful, was powerful. Before I had sex ed in school, I knew about, I knew what heterosexual sex was. I knew about what sexual intercourse was, I knew about penises and vaginas, I knew about menstruation, fallopian tubes, I knew all of that. So I remember like by the time I think we were taught health which was in high school, which was crazy, I was already well aware. What I didn’t know was about queer sexuality and so that was I think, kind of very detrimental, because I am queer. So but in terms of heterosexual sex ed, I knew, I was very informed and I think that, I felt empowered knowing that. But when I started struggling and coming out, struggling with coming out and understanding my sexuality to not be heterosexual, I didn’t have any information.
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