Up For It?

Up For It?

Sex and relationships are often seen as a hard thing to talk about and some people find them difficult to teach. Most people get some level of education in school about ‘sex’. Generally most people know the basics about reproduction, pregnancy, periods, HIV, contraception and other STI’s. This is what I got taught (not that well) at school, but there is so much more to sex and relationships education than this and this is what my work aims to encourage.

So what is Consent?

How do we do it ‘properly’ and what’s it all about?

Consent is a pretty hot topic at the moment, lots of universities, colleges and schools have started running workshops and delivering classes about good consent, helping young people to understand the importance of communicating about sex - mainly whether or not we actually want it.
There are load of blogs, vlogs, videos and information sites that can tell you more about consent. Lots of these sites are giving a message that consent is simple. And in some ways it is, but from my work with young people, as both a researcher and youth worker, and based on my own personal experiences I’ve found that consent is rarely as ‘simple as tea’.
Lot of the education we receive, and the resources we have access to don't relate to our everyday experiences. Consent and communication about sexual ‘stuff’ is not something thatwe can simplify as being an easy or simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision, or an easy thing to ask for. This website can offer some examples of how and why consent can be difficult to give and get, but also offers some new and different ways of thinking about it.
All the projects, ideas and activities that are on this website have been designed and delivered with the aim that we can develop a broader understanding of sexual consent that is relevant tothe lives and experience of young people.

'Sex and Consent - What Young People Think'

One of the projects I’ve been working on has been to develop a video about consent with a group of young people with the aim that it can be used in schools for those aged 13-16.

You can see the full video here