Twitter Takes a Tiny Baby Step Toward Sex-Positivity

… and Why #AdultSexEdMonth is so Important

AGWDM dick costelloAfter a nine-month battle, the folks at places like Lucky Bloke can advertise products it sells for contraception on Twitter.

It’s good news in a big way. Condoms, when used properly, can help put a big dent in the $16 billion a year in healthcare costs related to STD’s, and $12 billion in costs related to teen pregnancy in the U.S. alone. Social media can help get that message out to teens (and adults) in lieu of the lack of adequate sex education they get at home, school and the media.

But I and others still have problems with Twitter’s constraints on reaching out to billions of adults worldwide who have sex – preferably safer sex – for the sake of pleasure. According to a guest post I ran back in February, “Google search information reveals that THE top marital complaint is about ‘sexless marriages’.”

Twitter’s, and many other social and traditional media outlets and websites’, policies on sex for pleasure still lumps a common human function in the same pile as porn.

I can’t think of a sex-positive advocate that doesn’t press the need and the importance of safer sex. Such advocates, including myself, take steps in restricting access to such information to people 18 and older. I fully well know that there are differences in what are age-appropriate discussions and use the appropriate blocks and notifications that are available to filter those messages. It’s far from foolproof, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s the responsibility of parents to monitor their kids’ Internet usage and to provide responsible age-appropriate information about sex.

AGWDM houston we have a problemIt’s policies like Twitter’s that continue to pornify sex in our society. It’s still perfectly acceptable for media pundits, governmental officials and their big money backers, and religious “thought leaders” to  spout vomit their sex- and slut-shaming messages in social and traditional media. It’s even okay to have Kim Kardashian’s ass break the Internet as a source of entertainment. But when it comes down to the realities of real sex for real people, “Houston, we have a problem.”

I would like to see nothing more than to have #AdultSexEdMonth break Twitter in June. This will be the third year of getting sex-positive and safer sex messages out to the public through social media in a massive way.

In the past two years, there were hundreds or articles and videos that spoke frankly about all of the ways people have and enjoy sex, and they weren’t all about doing it missionary position in the dark with the shades drawn with their husbands or wives.

We’re never going to make sex healthy and normal if we stifle discussions and information about safe, sane, responsible, consensual and respectful sex. We can’t do that if everyone is winging it or having the dumb leading the dumber on sites like Yahoo! Answers, Reddit and Cosmopolitan.

I’m looking for ways to make #AdultSexEdMonth this June bigger, more accessible, and easier to navigate and manage this year. If you’re interested in helping out, offering suggestions or participating, contact me in the form below or follow #AdultSexEdMonth on Twitter (@AdultSexEdMonth) and Facebook.

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