Hey, everyone! It’s great to meet you all and join the MSP team. I’m very excited to be blogging here, and hope to bring my own perspectives to this site.
In case you want to know a little bit about me, I’m a graduate student at Kent State University in Health Education and Promotion (with a focus in human sexuality and women’s health issues). I’m also a graduate assistant and teach. This semester I’m very excited to be teaching my favorite class, Human Sexuality! I love being a health educator and am very enthusiastic about human sexuality. I feel like in our culture, we can be very closed off and any time we can try to be more open and improve communication, we should. I’ve been volunteering for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center for about four years now. I work as a hotline advocate on their 24 hour hotline and also as a face to face advocate (so I go to hospitals and police stations to help a survivor of sexual assault in any capacity that I can).
Since I can remember, my parents were very open about sex. My mother strongly discouraged any sort of slang terms for anatomy in my house, and was always willing to sit down and answer any questions that I had. She would ask me how I would expect someone else to know my body if I didn’t know it myself. While I think she’s still wrapping her head around the idea that her daughter is a sex educator (how do you explain that to people at family dinners??), she is proud of me.
As a sex educator, I think it’s extremely important to have good communication, and encourage that where ever possible. When I worked with teen girls, I realized there was so much that they don’t know. Now teaching Human Sexuality to college students, it amazes me to hear them say that they didn’t know so much of what they learned in class – I’m not knocking them, I’m just wondering where they are being failed. I’m very glad that there are classes being taught at the college level, health centers that people can access for free or low cost, and great web sites like this that will give people information and let them ask questions (even if they find them to be embarrassing). I want to continue working in this field, and helping people as much as I can.
Aside from teaching, my other interests in the realm of sexuality include:
-HIV/AIDS (on more of a world-wide scale)
-making health care more accessible for GLBTQI individuals
-making sex more pleasurable
-dating/domestic violence prevention
-how disabilities (of any nature) and sexuality interact with each other
-sexuality and culture
-different types of relationships and how dating is changing (OkCupid definitely wasn’t around when I started dating, and I notice how popular dating web sites of all types are becoming. Technology is absolutely influencing dating).
I look forward to blogging on here!
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