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Throughout 2009, the ACON Young Women's
Project (YWP) has been a- urry with the usual
activity -- running Ins and Out workshops, hold-
ing spectacular arts events, training new peer facilita-
tors and working one on one with young lesbians and
same-sex attracted women. On top of all this we have
been extra busy creating hot imagery and informative
content for our upcoming sexual health resource.
e Birds & the Birds: e Lesbian Sex Workbook
is a unique booklet that aims to address some of the
gaps in sex education traditionally taught in schools
-- which o en fails to cover sex between women at all.
is lack in recognition of lesbian sex in mainstream
education contributes to a widely held idea that lesbi-
ans can't get sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
In actual fact, the most recent research available sug-
gests that young same-sex attracted women report
much higher rates of STIs than both heterosexual
young women, and older same-sex attracted women.
is research highlights the importance of educat-
ing young same-sex attracted women about sexual
health and wellbeing. Doing this can be a challenge -
how do you talk about sexual health for lesbians when
there's a belief within wider society that lesbian sex
doesn't even classify as 'real' sex? How can you pro-
vide helpful information to young same-sex attracted
women about STIs (and the like) without reinforc-
ing negative stereotypes about lesbian sex, or scaring
them o sex altogether?
e answer is sex positivity. Sex positivity is about
recognising that consensual sex can be a positive force
in people's lives -- and talking openly about the good
things in sex (like pleasure), as well as aspects of sexual
health (like STIs). It's also important to talk about
what sex actually is, because it can mean really di er-
ent things for di erent women.
Sex positivity in e Birds & the Birds is about
empowering young women to be both con dent in
and comfortable with their sexuality. e resource
also aims to increase knowledge, dispel myths and
motivate young women to be proactive in looking
a er their own (and their partners') sexual health.
And in all honesty? Sex positivity is also a
whole load of frisky fun. From sections on increas-
ing sexual pleasure, to the 'name the sex toy' exer-
cise, to ' e A to Z of Lesbian Sex' poster -- this
resource is truly a fun adventure. Not to mention
that the content is accompanied by hot photos of
'birds of a feather' created by Jade Muratore -- a
young, local, queer, female artist.
"So how do I get my claws into e Birds & the
Birds?" I hear you ask...
Well, be the rst to swoop down and pick up
your copy at our Mardi Gras festival launch party,
e Birds & the Birds: Sex(y) Ed for Sapphic Sis-
ters on Wednesday 24th February at 6pm. In the
glamorous scenery of the Red Rattler eatre,
those ocking to the launch will be treated to a
behind-the-scenes documentary on the hot-to-
trot photo shoots, performers strutting their stu
onstage, complimentary crumbs and DJs provid-
ing gliding jives. Not to mention an opportunity
to celebrate young queer women's sexuality in a
safe and supportive space.
The Birds & the Birds: Sex(y) Ed for Sapphic Sisters
is a drug and alcohol free event for young same-sex
attracted women and their friends. Michelle Woods is
ACON's Young Women's Project Of cer.
By Michelle Wood
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