Risk

Everything in life involves risk. Walking out the front door of our home can be risky. Not walking out the front door of our home can be risky. Going online can be risky. Not going online can be risky.

Relationships can also be risky. Friends might disappoint us. Boyfriends, girlfriends, romantic partners might break our heart. Sex might lead to unplanned pregnancy or STIs. Consent isn’t always respected. Some people might try to rip us off. But not having relationships can also be risky. Loneliness and isolation are hazardous to our health.

How much risk should we take? How can we figure out when a risk is worth it to us, and when it isn’t? How can we improve the odds of good things happening?

What are the risks of never taking risks? What are the risks of not having enough information to make our own informed choices? Who are the right people to ask about these things?

Let’s have a conversation!

Videos

Do you Feel Comfortable to be Alone With Someone?

When people are intimate or have sex, it usually happens in a private place when they are alone together. Deciding whether you feel comfortable and safe enough with someone to be alone with them for the first time can be tricky. In this video, people talk about how they make this decision.

Resources

1-800-SEX-SENSE Line

FREE, anonymous telephone and email hotline where you can ask any question about sex. Staffed by medical professionals and sexual health educators. 9am to 9pm weekdays. Not seeing what you need on the Real Talk site? Call Sex Sense. They’ll help you find it.

1-800-739-7367

Options For Sexual Health

British Columbia’s largest sexual health nonprofit with information & education from a feminist, pro-choice, sex positive perspective. Also operates clinics with sexual and reproductive health care like contraception, sti & pregnancy testing etc..

Scarleteen

Sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults. Articles on all aspects of sexuality, dating, love, relationships, communication, contraception etc.

The Smart Sex Resource

Website with lots of information on safer sex and STIs, including how to get tested and treated.

Pharmacare & Contraception

Did you know? If you receive disability benefits in British Columbia, you’re usually eligible for a free hormonal IUD (which just happens to be the most effective contraception available on earth right now).

On the Loose

A resource for folks living on their own for the first time, with lots of information on avoiding pitfalls – whether online or in real life. Includes info about online dating, online porn, and avoiding scams.

Is That Legal?

A PDF plain-language resource about online sexual harassment and your legal rights.

‘Love, Sex, and Connection in the Time of Isolation’

Options for Sexual Health educators give tips on, dating, sexual pleasure, and safety during COVID.

The New York Health Authority’s COVID Sex Guidance Tips

Strategies to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 during sex.

News

Teen Vogue Article on the Importance of Sex Education for Students With Disabilities

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Teen Vogue has been doing some great politically & socially focused journalism lately. This story covers the importance of Sex Education, and why it’s essential not to exclude students with […]

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