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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..

 

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.

 

 

Hey Pleasure Explorers!

As some of you may know, it was World Population Day on July 11th. To mark the day, the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on Population, Development and Reproductive Health [ i.e. very important people]  held their annual World Population Day reception co-hosted with IPPF . It was a remarkable evening event with the Baroness Jenny Tonge (Chair of UK APPG on PDRH) chairing the event and a speaker line -up including the Rt Hon. Nick Hurd MP, Tewodros Melesse (Dir. General of IPPF), Dr. Lama Mouakea (Exec. Dir. of Syrian FP Association – SFPA), and Dr. Volker Sydow (Global Dir. of Sexual Wellbeing for Durex). Interesting combination. And it was all held just by the Thames..

Introductions by Baroness Tonge

Introductions by Baroness Tonge

What was the take home from the event? Well, more now than ever it is important that we engage and advocate for youths, particularly girls, to have access to sexuality education and sex reproductive health services since they make up more than 50% of the world’s population. HIV also remains the 2nd biggest disease burden for young girls in sub-Saharan Africa, which, as we know, has long term impacts on their health, capacity to be active members of their community and general economy, and the wellness of their families.

Dr. Mouakea from SFPA reminded us that just because there is a war in Syria, does not mean that people stop having sex and it is any less important to deliver services. She said, “Ensuring people still in the country are getting FP services cause we know that it save lives.” She recounted some stories from the ground that we don’t get to hear in the media and reminded us just how much sex and sexual health are still an issue and should not get ignored or lost in war and its politics.

Dr. Lama Mouakea, Executive Director, the Syrian Family Planning Association

Dr. Lama Mouakea, Executive Director, the Syrian Family Planning Association

In introducing Dr. Volker Sydow from Durex, Baroness Jenny Tonge recounted a story from when she was a nurse in training and had visited a Durex condom factory by saying, “It is better than visiting Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.”

Dr. Volker Sydow, Global Director, Sexual Wellbeing, Durex

Dr. Volker Sydow, Global Director, Sexual Wellbeing, Durex

Dr. Sydow reminded us that though being a private corporate company, Durex sees their responsibility to support safe sex worldwide as 14 billion sex acts are not protected each day [that seems ALOT did we hear that right pleasure explorers, thats a lot of sex] . As he said, Durex sees that ensuring safe sex helps to “Empower young women and girls to live sexual and positive lives.” He also said how important it is to talk to youths and get them to create the messaging with global expertise in SRH.

The Pleasure Project was there to schmooze with the big wigs from IPPF, Durex, Marie Stopes, SFPA, Plan and all the other top notch SRH global players that were in attendance, and advocate for a pleasure-approach when talking sex health. This is particularly true since the take-home message of the event was that sex and health are tightly bound and young people, particularly girls, need to be targeted for sex education and SRH services.

As Dr. Sydow from Durex said, “Young people will be much more likely able to benefit from safe sex.” And, we agree! So, what better way to get the young to practice safe sex than by talking about it with them the way they do when they’re talking about it with their friends or swapping stories on a sexy music video or porn clip they had seen?

Let’s start making safe sex sexy!

talk dirty to meOur very own Anne was featured in the Guardian’s “Let’s talk about sex: why do we need good sex education?” Global Development monthly podcast posted on their website on June 15th. The podcast highlighted that sex education has become more important than ever where young people make up 1.8 billion of the world’s population.

The contributors highlight that thus far, sex-talk has consisted of the biological aspects and dangers of having sex. Liz Ford, the reporter and presenter of the podcast, states “questions about whether children and young people should receive sex education… are still hotly debated the world over.”

Many of the contributors, including Anne, agreed that sex education is a lifetime process. Remy Shawa from Sonke Gender Justice relays a story in the podcast that during an AIDS conference in Cape Town, South Africa, 2013 “an older woman [stood] up and [said], ‘Look, I am interested in talking about the choices for my children but I don’t even know what to talk about because I don’t understand my own sexuality.’” It was made clear by other contributors of the podcast that this example is the same for many adults and youths alike in much of the world.

In response to how this issue can be addressed Anne, our pleasure guru, highlights that people have sex for pleasure and the public health world has got to catch up. She says, “We have to wake up to the fact that young people are now… have got access to the internet, which is a massive change from 10, 20 years ago, and I think the public health world has got its head in the sand and we might regret this in 10 years.” She goes further to say that the Pleasure Project is “really about bridging between the pleasure world and the world of public health… our mission is to ensure that people include pleasure in sex education messages; or putting the sexy into safer sex. And also putting the safe into erotic.”

We say how unsafe sex should be at the top of the agenda for governments and global institutions. Anne highlights that in a Lancet report “unsafe sex is the highest risk factor for death and disease for young women and the second highest for young men,” and we have a global responsibility to address this. Anne makes a strong statement when she says that the World Bank ought not to “just think about increasing GDP or increasing incomes but thinking about, for what? I’ll die a happy woman when I see the World Bank actually measuring women’s pleasure or women’s wellbeing as an ultimate indicator of their investments rather than the income of populations.”

Another key point made in the podcast… It’s cheaper to educate young people on sex than it is to pay for all the impacts that come from unsafe sex. As Doortje Braeken from IPPF says, “We know from countries like Estonia where they invest in comprehensive sex education together with access to services… the abortion rate, the HIV rate, the STI rate went down. And if you then calculate it, it becomes extremely cost effective… But it’s a difficult thing to sell.”

There is a taste of this tantalizing soundbite from this well-produced and engaging podcast by the Guardian. To hear it pleasurably in full, click on the following link, http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/audio/2016/jun/15/lets-talk-about-sex-why-do-we-need-good-sex-education-podcast.

Image from Huffington Post

Image from Huffington Post

Exciting news Pleasure Propogandists…our appraoch has been singled out by the Huffington Post for a noble mention.

In the Huffington Post’s blog added June 14th, 2016, commentating on the Women Deliver 4th Global Conference in Denmark, our scintillating Anne was on point and ready for some Pleasure Project advocacy. To emphasize a key objective of the conference, educating on safe sex to youths, Anne was quoted as saying that “When we do [talk about sex]… we will protect ourselves from sexually transmitted diseases.”

The article highlights how “pleasure is the single most powerful motivating factor for sexual behavior” and how unsafe sex is the cause for HIV and other risk factors that disproportionately affect girls. Lori Sokol, the blog author, emphasizes in the piece that there are lower rates of unwanted pregnancy, abortion and STIs in Denmark than “[in] their American peers” because the “teens were more likely to have received comprehensive sexuality education that includes a focus on relationship skills that foster mutually consensual, pleasurable and responsible sex.”

The article raises how the conference also touched on the topic of early marriages or acts of sexual violence and how such experiences should not hinder us from engaging with these girls or women in “sex-positive education”. A conference panelist specialising ni  Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health WHO, Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, said in reference to this type of education in projects they run that “rather than focusing only on their ‘uptake’ of family planning… we also focused on their sexual well-being… [to] develop mutually respectful, loving relationships [between girls and their partners].”

Bringing it back to the Pleasure Project, the article ends with how our online tools “help women and organizations that are working to promote, advocate and campaign for pleasurable ways to have safer sex [and] map their progress.” Anne ends with the basic reasoning into why the Project emphasizes pleasure when talking about safer sex, “One is only so effective without including the other.”

For the full flavor of the blog, click on the following link, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lori-sokol/making-safe-sex-sexy_b_10456968.html.

Here we are at Women Deliver in Copenhagen, ready to give pleasure a push!

We are also launching our sexy new mapping of pleasure around the globe. Remember our lovely Global Mapping of Pleasure? Its going interactive and online! We will launch our lovely new map on our website on Thursday, 19 May at our side event at Women Deliver.

 

The launch side event for the online Global Mapping!

And that’s not all! We are doing something almost every day! So if you’re at Women Deliver this week – check us out!

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