It’s easy to assume that you know everything there is to know about sex and your sexual well-being, especially after years of getting frisky between the sheets. But sexual health is more than just avoiding unplanned pregnancy or being free from sexually-transmitted diseases. It also means taking responsibility for your own body, your health, the decisions you make about sex, and its consequences.
Because of the political and religious stigma surrounding sex, it’s difficult to discuss sexual health issues openly and without fear of judgment. Which is why I’d like to invite everyone to attend the Sexual Health: Why Should You Care? forum this Saturday. Organized by Young Public Servants, Sex and Sensibilities and Mulat Pinoy, this forum aims to discuss various aspects of sexual health, its political and economic implications, and why these issues are relevant to everyone regardless of age or gender.
The forum is divided into four parts:
* Teeny Baby Bump will discuss not only the increase in occurrences in the Philippines, but also the ways in which educational institutions and government agencies respond to the issue.
* Controversial issues like LGBT rights and PLHIV (People Living with HIV) concerns will be explored in Stigma and Controversy.
* Most people think of sexual reproductive health as a woman’s domain and thus, only a woman’s concern. But as the male guests in the segment, Are You Man Enough? Men and Sexual Health, will tell you, sexual health is every bit a concern for men, too.
* And finally, how do parents talk to their children about sex? Is the idea of sex education in schools really unpalatable? Listen to what Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel has to say in Sex Ed: Why It Needs a Parent’s Guidance.
Sexual Health: Why Should You Care? will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012, 2:00 to 6:00 PM at the Filipinas Heritage Library. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook, or contact the following for more information:
Web: Sex and Sensibilities.com
Regina Layug Rosero