Conversations around sex that extend beyond assumptions of hetero/cisnormativity and harmful/oppressive established norms of ableism, fatphobia, and racism will equip everyone with safer tools to explore their sexuality, communicate their needs/boundaries, gain practical knowledge around preventing unintended pregnancy and contracting STBBI’s (sexually transmitted and blood borne infection), all while feeling empowered, autonomous,and supported through their journeys.
Additionally, we know that usually sex education uses gendered, anatomical language that can sometimes cause dysphoria and/or be misaligned with how people feel or identify. We encourage youth (and all of us!) to use or create the words and language to describe bodies that feel most affirming, good, and validating.
We recommend the following supplies in a safer sex tool-kit: boundaries and/or activity checklist, latex-free nitrile gloves, non-flavoured external and/or internal condoms and/or dental dams, and water-based lubrication.
For more information about safer sex locally in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), please reach out to our pals at @venusenvyhfx and @hshc_hfx
For more information about safer sex digitally, please check out these organizations:
@amazeorg @evrybodycurious @scarleteenorg @trevorproject @actioncanadashr and @plannedparenthood
Graphics by @artfxg
[Image Descriptions]: Slide 1: Large blue hand-drawn letters in all caps read: “Safer Sex Supplies” on an off white background. Below the title is an infographic list of safer sex supplies: nitrile gloves (drawing of blue gloves with red text), external condoms* (red condom packages with blue text), water-based lube* (red tube of lube with blue text), yes/no/maybe activity checklist (blue checklist with red pencil and text), internal condoms (blue condom with dark blue text), and dental dams* (two hands stretching a red dental dam with blue text). Between the tools there are plants, marks, and squiggles. Beside the asterisk under the title reads *not the flavored ones – referring to the external condoms, the water-based lube, and the dental dams!