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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..

 

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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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Hey Pleasure Advocates!

TPP female condom postcard

TPP female condom postcard

We were featured on Daily Maverick’s Health-e News article on June 20th called Placing Pleasure at the Heart of Safe Sex, as news continues to spillover from the advocacy we did at the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen. The article highlights the work we do and how we make talking about safe sex pleasurable through eroticizing the messaging rather than the fall-back fear tactics. It goes on to mention our work with the pleasure industry to bridge the gap between the public health community and the erotic corporate world.

But then, it goes on to advocate that our pleasure approach be used in South Africa to encourage female condom use among youths, particularly girls. The article mentions that only 7% of 15 year old girls already having sex use female condoms though 78% know about them. In answer to this, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, the South African health minister, suggests, “the department needs to change the way condoms are ‘pitched’ to young people – having a more effective, youth-oriented sexual education approach.”

The article ends with the suggestion that the minister should check out TPP’s “bag of sex toy tricks for ideas on how to spread the pleasure message.” We say… Feel free Dr. Motsoaledi! That’s what we’re here for <3

Gorgeous pleasure seekers,

Arushi adds some points of interest to the women's loo

Our Pleasure presentation facilitated by fabulously sensual Arushi Singh (seen above with one of our Pleasure posters) during the 2016 Women Deliver Global Conference was a hit and got the point across, according to the Health E-News feature called “Placing Pleasure at the Heart of Safe Sex” written by Kyla Herrmannesen and published on June 20th, 2016. The article explained how Arushi tantalized the audience with this introduction of the female condom, “I want to talk about this sex toy. It’s this great sex toy.”

The article speaks straight to our heart.

‘What would happen if pleasure was given a prominent platform – as a pulling power to increase condom usage? The pleasure approach requires a re-branding of male and female condoms, removing the mindset that they’re a necessary evil and a hindrance to sexual desire, replacing it with sex-positive language that paints condoms as pleasure enhancers.’

The article introduced the Pleasure Project and our objective to bring the sexy back into sex education to more successfully engage people on safe sex. It also provided a link to Anne’s journal published in Reproductive Health Matters on “Pleasure and Prevention: When good sex is safe sex.” It went on to suggest that South Africa needs to ‘reformulate its approach’ to sex education and condom promotion since HIV rates remain high and female condom usage remains low. The article encapsulated what we advocate for when it said that “The pleasure-approach requires a re-branding of male and female condoms, removing the mindset that they’re a necessary evil and a hindrance to sexual desire, replacing it with sex-positive language that paints condoms as pleasure-enhancers.”

It ended with a bang with its reasoning for a pleasure-based approach by using out favourite example of safe sex and condom use by providing the example of Senegal. It explained how the noise made by bine-bine beads (belly beads worn by women to suggest to her partner that she is ready for sex in some African countries) were equated to the use of female condoms by Senegal’s Society for Women and AIDS (SWAA). This led to “the noise made by the condom [being] considered evocative and [resulting in] the female condom gaining positive connotations as an erotic tool.” It encourgaed South Africa to adopt a more pleasurable approach to sex education and safe sex marketing.

As an amazing promotion of the pleasure approach, check out the full article by going to the following link, https://www.health-e.org.za/2016/06/20/placing-pleasure-heart-safe-sex/.

 

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Fellow pleasure seekers,

The advocacy tooted by our pleasure propagandists, Anne and Arushi, during the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen gets a sexy wink from the feature on the Pleasure Project  approach published on June 17th,  at the Rappler.com called “[Dash of SAS] Pleasure Points,” written by Ana P. Santos. The article rounds out how the pleasure approach addresses the reason people have sex to begin with – pleasure – and the need to link safe sex and pleasure in order for people to practice safer sex.

The article hits off by staying  the public health world is failing to reach many of the 1.8 million adolescents worldwide

“Maternal disorders were the leading cause of death in young women in 2013, killing an estimated 11.5% in girls aged 15-19. In Africa, AIDS-related complications is a major cause of death among adolescent girls.”

It goes on to promote a pleasure approach to close the gap and highlights TPP’s “guerrilla girl activism” that has put pleasure on the lips of the public health community and its members. It mentions the launch of our Global Mapping of Pleasure and adds in a clip of the session on “The Politics of Pleasure, Sexuality, and Human Rights.”

Rounding off the article, Ana Santos also encourages us to talk about pleasure where the public health community is often afraid to, by quoting this pleasure explorer,

“I was a victim of female genital mutilation (FGM) when I was 18. After having children, I had my first orgasm when I was 21-years old. There is life and pleasure after FGM!” Yes! This woman’s experience highlights the need to address pleasure and sex for EVERY-one and, at TPP, we agree. As Anne concludes, “Our job will be done when it’s automatic to talk pleasure in sex ed and sexy safer sex in porn and erotica.”

Check out http://www.rappler.com/views/imho/136733-pleasure-points-sex-reproductive-health for the full article.

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