Hello Pleasure Pushers

headertestv3We have just spent a fabulous weekend at the London Porn Film Festival. We indulged ourselves in watching hours of beautiful, clever, respectful, horny films that made us think, turned us on and re-motivated us.

We believe that porn can help us make a better world.

We watched some amazing films made by wonderful people. They showed us that porn is beautiful .Porn is respectful. Porn is  made by friends who love each other. Porn is about self love. Porn is  silly and fun. pff5

We really like Blath Blossom’s exploration of petals, bodies and beautiful hot sex. We may never look at cherry blossom in the same way again. blossomWe loved the careful tying up of a slow dancing couple in Harvey Rabbit’s Slow Dance.  We loved Morgana Muses and Bishop Black enjoying cake and lots of it in Paris, and giggling and squashing macaroons in ways that are still bending our imaginations.

So we felt relieved. We are often in health conferences and sex education conferences where people are deciding how other people should learn about sex. The conclusion is usually that is should be carefully censored. And so we lose fun, we lose the turn on, we lose the giggles and  the beauty. And goddam it was a relief to get it back.

Usually any real sex is cut out of sex education and we are expected to know how to put condoms on, or talk dirty about safer sex, or even talk intimately about what we want to do… and what we want to put where..

Without ever seeing it live.

It is pure madness. You would not be expected to drive a car without at least seeing a film of someone driving a car, let alone without trying it yourself as a practise run.

What makes the world think we know how to do sex, without seeing good sex up close.

We left the porn festival even more determined to make more great sexy beautiful erotic sex education. After all we all deserve it. We are even more excited to start filming in June.

#pornforabetterworld

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Hello pleasure hunters,

BullutinThe Pleasure Project has just has a whirlwind of activity, including the launch of a fabulous new book ‘Sex Education in the Digital Era’ last week

We launched this new source of evidence about the impact of sexual information and online content with the Institute of Development Studies [based in the UK] and  Love Matters India an amazing ‘open, honest and sex friendly’ website.

This new bulletn has a range of exciting articles, all about the wide range of online sexual content that people can now access and what this means for sex education and our sexual behaviour. Here is the presentation that tells you all about the bulletin PPT IDS Bulletin Indian Launch.

Of course, no surprises our chapter focuses on blurring the boudaries of sex education and porn – how we need to wake up and recognise the massive impact porn is having on young and older people’s sex lives and make our online sex education more sexy. Make safer sex porn. Ensure that when people do online to get turned on they also get a bit educated without getting turned off.

We had a great crowd at The wonderful People Tree, 6 Assagao in Goa, India when the bulletin was launched, whobulletin launch India were keen to debate till late at night what the next steps should be. We talked openly about the first time we all got turned on by porn, the terrible sex education we all got and also what kind of sexy online films we like, those that both turn us on and show people enjoying themselves in  way we can emphasise with.

We argued with each other about whether condoms really diminish physical pleasure or its in our heads. Our biggest sexual organ being our brain of course.

We also had a rush of enthusiasm for sex over 70, by when [ we were reliabley informed] you really know what youimage4 want. And we al wanted to keep sharing and discussing all night but had to be broken up and sent packing into the warm Goan night.

Thanks to al the wonderful people who came and shared such a special evening. Thanks to Nilankur and People Tree for again being so generous to host us. And to Love Matters who enabled the hospitality.

Talking about the evidence

 

 

The buletin was launched in the UK the previous week and we were also lucky enough to take part in the ‘Sex, Rights and Pleasure’ Lab and see all the entries for the grand award. And see who won here..

 

Hello pleasure seekers,Does this work ?!

The Pleasure Project is currently in the throes of making a sexy safe sex movie that that will show the world how condom demonstrations can be sexy rather than the usual  turn off.  Given that most people wear condoms on their sexy dicks rather than [ah hum] bananas, we want to show how to do this in a fun creative way.

We are seeking couples, one hetero sexual and one gay men, to star in these short movies. They need to be between 18 and 35 years old and willing to travel to london in January.

The short films will be used only as a link in part of a bigger health research project, to test how much these alternatives types of sex education can change people’s behaviour for the better; in terms of sexing up safer sex.

Given the amount of sexually transmitted infections among young people in the UK – and the amount of porn we know people watch, we think its about time someone made alternative respectful films. They films will show you having fun, laughing and also sharing your knowledge of how to use condoms. The films will be explicit.

Do let us know if you are interessted or what to talk to us at Pleasure Towers about this.

No Single men please.  And please only contact us if you are geniunely interested couple, this is a serious pleasure project.

Pleasure and Safer Sex are important life saving issues. Thanks !

info@thepleasureproject.org

Condoms are no laughing matter

Condoms are no laughing matter

 

Hey Pleasure Seekers!

The Pleasure Project caught up with MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Georgia Arnold in August over in Camden in London. We had a great pleasure and safe sex convo and wanted to tell you all about it !

MTV Staying Alive Foundation Safe Sex Show

MTV Staying Alive Foundation Safe Sex Show

Have you heard of Shuga? Well, if you haven’t, it is a TV soap opera that first aired in Kenya on November 2009 on MTV Base. Set in bars and nightclubs, it spreads the message to youths about safe sex and tolerance, highlighting issues of HIV and teen pregnancy. It also touches on maternal and child health, family planning, gender-based violence, and women empowerment. Safe sex delivered to youths in a sexy way, for sure! It is now going on its ninth season and have a Nigerian one too (Shuga Naija)… So check it out at mtvshuga.com/.

Condom Emoji Promotion by MTV Staying Alive Foundation

Condom Emoji Promotion by MTV Staying Alive Foundation

Also, a must to check out is the Make Your Foreplay a Threesome emoji commercial. Definitely, by far, one of the most engaging condom promotion commercials we have seen in a while. And we have seen a few….[and fell asleep to some]

Thank you to MTV Staying Alive Foundation. We have some potential Global Mapping updates and a release on their foundations newsletter that we will keep you posted on. WE are super EXCITED !

Stay sexy ! we say.

 

 

guerrilla-girl-1953Pleasure crusaders,

We are back in the news! Gemma Newby published, “The Pleasure Project Eyes Risky Behavior”, for Newsdeeply.com on June 2nd, 2016. In it, TPP’s self-proclaimed ‘guerrilla girls,’ Anne Philpott and Arushi Singh, are highlighted as the “thorn in the side of the HIV community… who go around putting posters up at AIDS conferences.” [But, as Anne emphasizes, without really talking about what sex is all about – pleasure – the public health community wastes its resources in sex education by not “meeting people’s needs.”

 

In the question and answer, Anne explains how TPP was started and how evidence backs linking pleasure with safe sex. Regarding the evidence, Anne describes that if people are comfortable with their bodies, if they’re comfortable with their sexuality, if they’re able to discuss sex, then they have a better sexual self-esteem, and that means they know what they want and don’t want and are much more likely to practice safer sex.” Arushi adds the comparison often made between Dutch and American teenagers; that evidence shows that the Dutch are often “more confident and in control of their bodies,” so they tend to be more interested in safer sex and condom use than American teens.

On top of explaining how TPP overcomes the taboo of talking about sex and pleasure in the developing world and how we should highlight masturbation and agency over our bodies when talking ‘safe sex’, Arushi defines ‘pleasure propagandists’ as somebody who urges public health professionals to use a pleasure-based approach and use sex-positive messaging. She emphasizes that the current focus of ‘fear’ and ‘risk’ of disease and death in sex education, does very little in addressing why people have sex. Arushi also explains that a key reason why TPP advocates for this pleasure approach is to “perhaps enable [girls] to delay that first pregnancy, or to ask for contraceptive use with her husband, or even say no to that marriage.”

The Q+A is summed up by Arushi announcing that “Pleasure is not a luxury” and that it is a global right, specifically for women. She explains that “if you look at gender norms and sexuality norms, they are all about controlling you and not letting you be in control of yourselves, whether we are looking at gender transformative approaches, trying to challenge the norms around sexuality, or preventing child marriage.”

An excellent article! Check it out in full at https://www.newsdeeply.com/womenandgirls/the-pleasure-project-eyes-risky-behavior/ and stay sexy.

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Dear Pleasure Promoters,

As the AIDS Conference unfurls in South Africa, AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) updates tell us that Day 3’s focus was on women and how they, particularly girls aged 15-24, are burdened most by HIV. A session called  New Evidence: Why Do Young Women in Africa Have High Rates of HIV Infection? presented the results of a study conducted  in a South African community showed young women [16–24 years old] are acquiring HIV from men averaging 11 years older than them. Then, once over the age of 24 and with partners closer to their age, they can end up transmitting the virus to their spouse (men aged 23-35) leading to a cycle of transmission in South Africa.

After the New Evidence session, a speaker pointed out, “We heard all about vaginas. But vaginas are attached to people…”  during a session on women’s rights and health. [NB:  did they need a randomised control trial to get to that ?] Concluding that it is important to use the study’s findings to discover sexual behaviours, particularly of younger women, determine how best to end this cycle, and simultaneously treat them despite the barriers they face in access to treatment.

So, what are we taking from the early days of this conference… Addressing women’s health and rights, particularly young women, remains a key component to prevention if we want to reduce HIV transmission.

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TPP argues that addressing pleasure in safe sex and women’s right to pleasure empowers their ability to discuss and use condoms to help stop HIV transmission.  We think empowerments ultimate indicator is the ability to know and they ask for what you know will give you pleasure. So, we hope that the AIDS Conference considers pleasure in its discussions around innovations in BCC and sex education.

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