This week saw me have my second day on placement, my first was last week with a local sex therapist and this week was in a local relationships counselling service. It was interesting to see the response from people when I explain what my studies are about....sex. A raised eye brow, an intake of breath..."Is that a thing?"...."WOW, that sounds interesting"...."We must chat later".
Most people are surprised that is it a specific area of study, but fascinated about what it may contain. The never ending interest in sex, the taboo topic we rarely discuss, the practice most of us engage in and the images we are bombarded with by the media, often given a more severe census rating than violence.
It has also been the week of the Explore More Summit that I registered for, 3 lectures a day online for 12 days from some of the leading speakers in the field, from around the world. I have downloaded the work books but due to time restraints (videos are only accessible for 24 hours from release, which is midnight), have not watched any of the video lectures, so I purchased the package to have access to all of them after the summit. But it got me thinking, the difference between those of us who work in this field (sexuality education, sexual health, sex therapy or research) compared to those who don't. The fascination about what we do and the sex positive environment in which we work, I ponder on the messages that we are given about sex and how that often informs the work people do, when they often don't even realise it. Most therapists would like to think that they are non judgmental and open to new ideas, but when it comes to the topic of sex, those old values, and sometimes myths and stereotypes come to the fore.
Looking at the comments of those involved in the summit has given me renewed hope for the future, a community of like minded people, who celebrate sex and support people to explore, play, have fun and reach their Sensual Potential......they are my tribe.
Richelle has had a passion for sexuality and sexual health since 2001. She has worked in the field since 2006, providing sexuality education in schools, and adult education in the topics of diverse sexualities and gender identities, LGBT health issues, sexual health and LGBT relationships.
This is a space for me to share with you my journey as a Sexologist, the things I learn and the people I meet and what I think and feel along the way.