The content in this episode relates to questions asked by young people about sex education and is intended for those aged 16 and over. If you feel affected by any of the issues raised, the incredible people at Brook.org.uk and Stonewall.org.uk offer free advice and support.
Young voices. Big issues. Welcome to Youth Rising by NCS! The podcast for young people, made by young people.
We’re so excited about our guests this week, who are all here to fill the gaps in your sex education knowledge. The amazing artist, Sunday Times bestselling author, activist and podcaster Florence Given kicks us off, chatting with Sidje, from the Youth Rising team, about pleasure, shame, sexual aftercare and boundaries.
We’re also joined by the fabulous author, activist and campaigner against period poverty, Amika George MBE. Youth Rising team member Haleem asks Amika about setting up the Free Periods campaign when she was just 17, the challenges preventing better access to menstrual products, destigmatising periods and why her work gained such traction.
Plus, we have a roundtable discussion with our Youth Rising team, including doctor-in-training Pubudika, about the different kinds of contraception, and hear from Isabella and Esther, two members of the team behind the Brighton Period Project. The campaign was inspired by Amika’s work and they give us some information on how totackle period poverty in our local community.
Later the wonderfully wise physiotherapist, student doctor and influencer, Tiffany Sequiera aka Gynae Girl, chats to Muhsin about sexual health. Gynae Girl wants us to normalise talking about everything from penises to orgasms, to be in regular communication with our partners and to buy a bottle of lube and keep it in the top drawer!
Why not try a few of Gynae Girl’s suggestions? To make sure you and your partner stay committed to communication, set aside time to ask each other five questions about sex each month; If sex is painful, go and see your GP; and if you’re sexually active make sure you’re getting tested for STIs at least once a year.
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
Period by Emma Barnett
The Wonder Down Under by Dr Nina Brochmann and Dr Ellen Stokken Dahl
Sex Education: A Guide To Life
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