Real Talk At Home – During Social Distancing, Your Safest Sex Partner Is You

In this video, Certified Sexual Health Educator Kelsey talks about how, in the time of COVID-19 and self-isolation, your safest sex partner is you. She also goes through a selection of resources to prioritize your pleasure while you’re at home!

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London Drugs Sex Toy Selections A drugstore chain with lots of locations & inexpensive sex toys. You can visit the store or order a delivery online.

Womyns’ Ware  A sex toy store located in Vancouver with helpful, inclusive staff. You can visit the store or order a delivery online.

The PleasureABLE Guide A guide to a variety of sex toys and sexual positions adapted for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Published by GF Strong and UBC.

Why We Talk About…

Pleasure

It’s amazing how our bodies are able to feel pleasure – whether it’s the taste of ice cream, the feeling of petting a kitten, the sound of our favourite song, the smell of jasmine flowers, the sight of a beautiful sunset, or the emotions we experience when we spend time with a good friend. 

Sex can also be pleasurable – whether we are masturbating by ourselves or having sex with someone else. But it can be harder to talk about sex than about ice cream or sunsets. So we might wonder: Should sex feel good for us? How do people make sex feel good / better? Is it ok for us to have sexual pleasure by ourselves (also known as masturbation)? What should we do if sex is pleasurable for our partner but not for us? How do we get comfortable with feeling this kind of pleasure if bad sexual stuff has happened to us? Who are the right people to ask about these things?

Safer Sex

Riding in a car is never 100% safe. Neither is eating a sandwich. That doesn’t mean we should never do these things. It does mean we should consider taking common-sense precautions, like wearing a seatbelt, not riding with a driver who’s been drinking, not eating baloney that’s past its expiry date, and not swallowing our food too quickly while running with scissors. 

Sex with another person is never 100% safe either. That doesn’t mean we should never do it. It does mean we should consider taking some precautions. But what exactly are we trying to prevent? What are we taking precautions against? Are some precautions more effective than others? How do we talk about safer sex or contraception (birth control) with our partners? How do we talk about our safer sex or contraception needs with the people who support us? Where can we get information about this stuff? Where can we get supplies? 

Oh yeah – one last thing – masturbation is a SUPER SAFE way to feel sexual pleasure! There’s no risk of unplanned pregnancy or STIs.

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