Making Sex-Ed Sexy

“Because sex education is rarely sexy,
And Erotica is rarely safe.
Putting the sexy back into safer sex.”

Ever heard of the Pleasure Project? One of the few organizations working on the “sexy” aspect of safer sex. I had the pleasure of being at one of their workshops last August, during the 8th ICAAP.

Those of us who actually did get sex ed in school, got the basic biology-only kind of abstinence focused sex education. This trend continues today, as a result of the Bush administration’s Global Gag Rule (also known as the Mexico City Policy), completely cut off funding to progressive organizations who were working on safe abortion. As most of these organizations like IPPF and Marie Stopes had a large stake in the comprehensive sex ed arena, this effectively meant that the comprehensive sex ed aspect which spoke about issues such as contraception also suffered.

But the industry seems to be going strong in some areas, and the others seem to be recovering well. Modern Loving, a video done in conjunction with the Pleasure Project, is a perfect example of seamlessly combining pleasure with safer sex. The MTV Staying Alive campaign also has a collection of interesting public service media which has been used to promote safer sex. But this advert for Trust Condoms remains my all time favourite.

If you’re interested, try out MTV ME or UNICEF’s What Would You Do? interactive role playing games.

Din is a self proclaimed Photographer, Blogger, Freelance Journalist, Copywriter, Event Manager, Translator, Designer, Social Worker, Poet and BB-ite. He blogs at http://pinkboxinggloves.wordpress.com. He is also sexy, single and available.

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Posted on 02/12/2008, in HIV/AIDS, Opinions, Sex - Sexuality - Gender, Sri Lanka and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for the compliment – the workshop was one of the best we have run – and the nun keen on learning more from the video was a blast. Check out our new Global Mapping of Pleasure on the website…….a directory of people making safer sex sexy…

    Pleasurably yours,Anne

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