PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENTS LISTED HERE ARE MOSTLY AIMED AT ADULTS. FOR INFO ON OUR WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE, VISIT OUR 'ABOUT' PAGES.

Nov
30
11:00 AM11:00

Sex Education for the 21st Century

SEXPLAIN’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019 ASKS: WHAT DOES SEX EDUCATION FIT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY LOOK LIKE?

We live in an age of increasing digital connectivity: we no longer develop our relationships, or express and understand our identity through face-to-face interactions alone. Particularly for those at school, online and offline worlds are no longer distinct entities, and play ever more significant part in their learning, personal interactions and well-being.

But, this change is taking place at such a rate that we are failing to adequately support young people to navigate digitally-facilitated issues such as unsolicited dick pics, online harassment, image-based abuse, trolling, targeted advertising, body shaming posts, internet misinformation and more.

Blocking, or reducing social media or internet use is not a long term or viable solution; increased media literacy and educate young people about digital rights and responsibilities is urgently needed (Livingstone and Third, 2017).

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Sex and relationships education classes can play a key role in equipping young people with these critical tools and knowledge. This conference will explore what needs to be included in a truly 21st Century sex education; how we can take stock of digital defence and activism strategies young people already use; and how we can address matters such as online dating, pornography and sexting in a way which foregrounds young people's digital and sexual rights.

This conference will hear from young people, educators and researchers though a variety of interactive workshops, panel discussions and talks.

MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS HERE.

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Oct
5
9:30 AM09:30

Be Her Lead Conference 2019

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATION BE HER LEAD PRESENTS: #BEHERLEAD CONFERENCE 2019.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

The first Be Her Lead Conference aims to open up discussion about gender and education, and showcase fun and practical ways to support teenage girls. Join us for a day of active workshops, panel discussions and networking.

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With the theme 'Resilience and Aspirations' as our starting point, we will bring together a range of voices, from teachers and educators, to other organisations tackling gender inequality, to women who want to increase access and representation in their industries and careers.

We aim to be intersectional in our approach and create a safe space to discuss how gender relates to other inequalities in an educational context. We warmly welcome male allies and those outside of education who wish to attend.

MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS HERE.

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Jul
20
2:30 PM14:30

Queer Collaging Workshop

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Collaging Sexplain

Join us at Camden Collective for our Queer Collaging afternoon!

Led by Sexplainer, Gayathiri, you'll have a chance to explore different collage artists' styles and create your own inspired pieces.

The afternoon will move at your own pace - no experience necessary! We'll provide enough paper, magazines and books to get lost in, but do feel free to bring any materials you'd like to work with. Lights refreshments will be provided.

This is an event for people who identify as queer - allies also welcome. As they say, friends who stick together...

The minimum age to enter the event is 16.

MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS HERE.

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Jul
11
7:15 PM19:15

Bare Reality with Laura Dodsworth

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATION THE CANDID COLLECTIVE PRESENTS:

An evening with the “Slayer of Taboos”.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Laura is a photographer, artist and storyteller. Over the last five years, she has photographed and interviewed 300 women and men about their breasts, penises and vulvas, for her projects Bare Reality, Manhood and Womanhood. By turning her lens on physical taboos, she catalyses a ground-breaking conversation into social taboos and offers a deeply personal perspective on our most private, painful and pleasurable stories. 

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Laura and her project Womanhood were the subject of a Channel 4 film 100 Vaginas, described by the Financial Times as a “cultural talking point”. 

During this candid talk Laura will discuss the personal journey that led her to creating the Bare Reality series as well as talking about the connection between creativity and sexuality. The evening will touch on themes of shame, pleasure, the reality of our bodies and learning to accept (and maybe love?) them.

Laura has been called a few things since turning her lens onto bodies… Her favourite? Slayer of Taboos. We’re excited to have her helping us fight the good fight!

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Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

Roll Red Roll – a panel-discussion with Outspoken Sex Ed

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATION OUTSPOKEN SEX ED PRESENTS:

A post-film panel discussion around consent, masculinity, rape culture and social media.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Outspoken Sex Ed will be on a panel discussion following the rare UK screening of the chilling new award-winning documentary Roll Red Roll, which is about high-school sexual assault in small-town America and the aftermath once a vast social-media cover-up was exposed.

The Guardian called the film “tough yet vital” and produced a related 14-minute short, Anonymous Comes To Town.

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ROLL RED ROLL looks at the story – uncovered by crime blogger Alexandria Goddard – of collusion among teen bystanders, teachers, parents and coaches that changed the town of Steubenville, Ohio, forever. Reconstructing the night of the crime and its aftermath, the film asks: why didn’t anyone stop it? As director Nancy Schwartzman says of ROLL RED ROLL: “It shifts the focus onto the behaviour, the boys, the witnesses. What are these male-to-male allegiances? What’s the language being used? And where can young men see themselves in the story?”

Panel discussion topics include consent, “boys will be boys” attitudes, rape culture, social-media bullying, peer pressure and more.

The panel line-up

A fundraiser for the Camden branch of the Women’s Equality Party, the screening is on at the Lexi Cinema, Kensal Green, London NW10.

Click here to download the event flyer.

MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS HERE.


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Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

Genital Model Making Workshop

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATION THE CANDID COLLECTIVE PRESENTS:

It’s called a vulva, actually!

ABOUT THIS EVENT

In this educational, creative and possibly very silly workshop you will create either a penis or a vulva fridge magnet using easy-to-use and colourful modelling clay.

Throughout the workshop we will give clear instructions on how to make the models, using correct language for these body parts as well as talking about all of the ways which genitals are pretty amazing!

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They’ll be plenty of our favourite facts about penises and vulvas as we encourage guests to think of their genitals as just another part of their body to be accepted and loved, just as they are!

The workshop will be led by Becky Lund-Harket (sex educator and Founder of The Candid Collective) and Emma Chan (sex educator and junior doctor) - between them they've made genital models with hundreds of adults and teenagers!

All materials will be provided; all you need to bring is some curiosity and a sense of fun!

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Apr
20
1:45 PM13:45

The Benefits of Nakedness - an event by The Candid Collective

Our partner organisation The Candid Collective presents:

An academic talk by Dr Keon West followed by a life drawing class with a difference.

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About this Event

Dr Keon West, Reader of Psychology at Goldsmiths University, will kick off the afternoon giving a talk about his research on the mental health benefits of nakedness. Research which suggests that those of us who get naked in public are more likely to be happier not just with our bodies, but with our lives more generally.

Keon has received numerous international awards for his research, teaching and social activism. He has worked with a number of highly respected media outlets including the BBC World Service, Radio 4, Channel 4 and the Guardian. He is especially well known for his research on sexual orientation, prejudice against sexual minorities and sexual health. Keon's talk will be followed by a short Q&A.

After a short break, Ruby and Rosy from Body Love Sketch Club will take centre stage. Body Love Sketch Club is a life drawing class like no other where you both draw and are drawn. While Ruby and Rosy will start by taking turns to facilitate and model, students are then invited to model for a smaller group, as clothed or as naked as they wish. The class casts a joyful, loving and accepting eye over the (optionally) naked body, and taps into a playful and creative practice, exploring our relationships with our bodies.

All drawing materials will be provided. Alcohol will be available to purchase. This event is for over 18s.

If you have any questions about this event and what it entails, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you are a student, on low income or are of pension age please contact us for a discount.

Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access at this event. For accessibility details please contact us.

MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS HERE.


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Apr
7
10:30 AM10:30

Teaching 'The Talk' Launch Event

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATION TEACHING ‘THE TALK’ PRESENTS:

Teaching ‘The Talk’ launch: the most exciting SRE teacher training yet!

Teaching The Talk event

Teaching 'The Talk' is a youth facilitated teacher training programme which aims to support teachers in being the best and most confident Sex and Relationships Educators they can.

This morning is a chance to feedback on the ideas for the training so far, help build the resources for the training and listen to our fantastic youth panel.

The workshop is free to attend but please register ASAP as spaces are VERY limited.

Come along to help contribute to and design the next phase of teacher training!

MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS HERE.


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Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Hitting the Spot: A Curated Guide to Sex Toys​ - an event by The Candid Collective

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATION THE CANDID COLLECTIVE PRESENTS…

Recent research finds that positive effects of sex toy use include greater sexual pleasure, sexual satisfaction and safer sex. Whether you’re an sex toy aficionado or a curious novice, our guide to sex toys is for you!

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Samantha and Paul Evans (Founders of online sex toy company Jo Divine) will run this open, fun and informative evening. Samantha and Paul have an extensive knowledge of sex toys and will give guidance on choosing toys for solo play or partnered use. They will also discuss how toys can make sex more pleasurable and even help you overcome sexual health issues. Throughout the evening they will give recommendations, answer questions and share their expertise.

The evening is focused on imparting knowledge not on sales. That said, all guests will get 10% Jo Divine discount of orders made on the night as well as a goodie bag each.

Please note, this event is for over 18s.  Alcohol will be available to purchase.

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

An event by Decolonise Contraception: Sexual Wellbeing & Pleasure

ABOUT #DECOLONISINGCONTRACEPTION

Decolonise Contraception is a movement that aims to promote discussion related to the ways in which some sexual and reproductive health (SRH) practices have developed from unethical medical research, often on previously colonised populations and people of colour. This movement intends to provide spaces to discuss how these issues still affect our practice today.

#DecolonisingContraception aims to understand the colonial history of SRH, discuss modern SRH practice, and start new conversations about reproductive justice.

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In their third talk as part of our ongoing SOAS Series, Decolonise Contraception will be discussing sexual wellbeing and sexual pleasure. The panel will be exploring the much overlooked subject of pleasure; exploring how cultural norms may have excluded pleasure as an important part of sex.

Amongst the panellists will be Sexplain’s Gayathiri Kamalakanthan.

Join the discussion of taboos and myths around masturbation, barriers to accessing pleasure and wellbeing information and much more!

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Jan
22
to Jan 23

Hot Local Artists Presents: P.O.V., a show exploring the impact of porn

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About this Event

Hot Local Artists would like to create a space to open up a conversation about porn, which is so widely consumed yet rarely discussed openly. Join us for a night of contemplating the world's favourite pastime.

The show will include work from a group of artists whose pieces investigate this phenomenon.

For this show Hot Local Artists will be raising money for Sexplain!

There will be artist prints for sale as well as raffle prizes provided by Honour and Dame Products.

Drinks will be half price all night.

Featured artists: Rayveen D'Clark, Rafaella Lazarou, Rosiland Howdle, Robbie Winstanley, Ellen Fagen, Dylan Meade, Rose Creasey and Anastasia Meredith-Goujon

Please note, this show is over 18s only and will contain explicit content.

MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS HERE.


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Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Perspectives on Inclusive SRE

Join our forum to explore different perspectives that have been marginalised from mainstream Relationships and Sex Education.

THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE ON 28TH OCT 2018, BUT YOU CAN READ ABOUT THE EVENT, INCLUDING A SUMMARY OF THE TALKS, HERE.

Topics will include:

  • Female sexual pleasure - how is pleasure talked about today? What kind of information should education include?

  • Sex and disability - including contraception

  • LGBTQ+ and contraception - talks will cover identity and why it is important to cover all types of contraception available

  • Anatomy - workshop on genitalia and health

  • Masculinity - how can we critically engage with masculinity in sex ed?

  • Mental health and wellbeing - we will explore how our wellbeing can have an impact on sexual activity

  • Porn and digital risks - we explore access to porn and digital risks

  • And much more!

Sexplain event

Come along to share best practice and further your own understanding.

Format: Talks, panels, break-out sessions; refreshments and lunch provided.

Audience: Anyone interested in or working in Relationships and Sex Education.

MORE INFO AND BOOKINGS HERE.

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