The Purity Myth

The Purity Myth

Hey guys so this week I thought I would make a post about the Purity Myth which fits really well into our discussion for this week. The Purity Myth was written by Jessica Valenti (the author of the Cult of Virginity) and its a really interesting book that talks about America’s obsession with virginity and how the extreme focus on chastity is damaging to women. She talks a lot about the virginity movement and discusses its presence in schools, media, etc. Its a really interesting read and I highly recommend it!

Gay sex-ed

Gay sex-ed

So in primary school we are typically taught sex-ed, but it is always about heterosexual relationships and sexual encounters. I was curious if any schools in the state also teach children about safe sex in homosexual relationships. I didn’t find anything specifically regarding the U.S. but I found an article about Scotland teaching students about homosexual sex-ed, which is really rad. I personally think that if at a younger age we were taught about these things as we grew up we would be less likely to shun those who live that lifestyle. I know that as a child if I were taught about it I would have probably been more comfortable in my own skin and possibly would’ve been more accepted by my peers and bullied less.. but that’s just a personal opinion.

Let’s Change the Subject: Sex

I hung out with my guy friends this weekend and we talked a lot about the difference between men and women when it comes to expectations regarding sex. The conversations boiled down to the pressures they faced when it comes to discussing their sexual relationships opposed to mine. I noticed that at times they were uncomfortable when I talked about sexual relationships and it made me think about the taboo that surrounds women expressing their sexuality.

I thought we could discuss our experiences with having these personal conversations with men and how they react to what is being said.

Cliteracy

So our conversation today about the word cunt and why it is such a social taboo reminded me of this video I saw called Cliteracy. Cliteracy is a movement to make people aware of a fundamental part of women’s bodies, the clitoris, that is always overlooked. I thought it was a really interesting video and I felt comfortable posting it after our discussion today. There is also and article on Huffington Post if you guys want to check out more about the movement.