I still think it’s neat when I read articles about people teaching about sex. It’s probably in part because that is what I do for a living, but also because I think more people need good, quality information about sex. Growing up, I had my mom and a few other strong educators in my life that I could turn to. However, learning doesn’t stop when you leave high school (and not everyone graduates high school). When is the last time you learned something? I’m constantly learning new things – new things to cook, even new things about myself.
My love of learning is probably partly a family thing. That said, I was so happy to read an article from Clutch about 10 people teaching about sex. Part of what makes this article so interesting to me is that all ten of the people featured are not just women, but black women. In America, women still don’t make as much as men and I think in many fields aren’t taken as seriously, and black women are at even more of a disadvantage (with that said, I have no idea really what it’s like as I’m a white woman). The best thing I’ve read in the past two weeks was a line from this article, saying that all ten of these women are in the spirit of Audre Lorde and are “speaking our fears about sex, and encouraging us to respect our voice and curiosities.”
I think it’s important to have all types of people teaching and talking about sex – you never know who you might influence. Growing up, I listened to Dr Drew and Dr Laura. However, I didn’t really like Dr Laura (sorry to any fans!). Something about her rubbed me the wrong way and I couldn’t relate to her. I liked that Dr Drew was more serious than his various co-hosts and offered medically accurate information (most of the time). However, I wasn’t a white dude so I still felt a little out of place. For medically accurate information, I absolutely love Dr Hilda Hutcherson (who is included in the article) – she is often writing in Glamour magazine, and I think she comes across as extremely non-judgmental. I also have a huge mental crush on Veralyn Williams right now – she has posted some amazingly honest vlogs to Bedsider that I love (and have used in class). She is knowledgeable and sounds more like a friend talking to you, which I appreciate.
Any other people talking about sex that you appreciate? Where do you turn for sex information (aside from here, of course!)? Let me know, and follow along with us at Twitter @mysexprofessor or find Holly, the author of this post, @ItsHollyAgain