I thought starting my research with finding the mission statement of Teen Vogue would help me set the tone of my project as it has to fit with theirs. It is pretty essential to get this right so I will consider this throughout my project process.
Finding out the average age of the Teen Vogue demographic was also interesting as it’s closer to my age than a teenager, so possibly would have to consider this in my approach.
Stigma, Shame & Pressure
This first portion of my research focussed on shame and stigma surrounding sex and female pleasure in societal and religious contexts.
Its a tricky topic as of course no one has to have sex or be made to feel like they should, its a personal choice that is down to each individual alone to make. However, many women who want to or have had sex feel shame around it. Feelings connected to going against God or of being seen as unclean, undesirable or a “slag”, overpower some women which has a direct effect on their mental health and view of their own pleasure and even injury and dangerous situations. I think taking this into account and aiming to educate and empower women on this subject would be a good approach and keeping consent and personal choice at the fore front so rather than telling women to pleasure themselves or have sex it educates them on it so they can choice themselves whether they would like to do it or not. As it would be benefical for them if they ever do choose to become sexually active.
The Pleasure Gap & SEXUAL PLEASURE EDUCATION
The Pleasure Gap or Orgasm Gap relates to the consequences stemming from the lack of female pleasure and sex for pleasure in our education systems.
Because of our lack of education on anatomy of REAL vaginas, the disregard to sexual pleasure and masturbation and historical disregard for the female orgasm – with Freud branding the Clitoris as redundant and the female orgasm being seen as a medical treatment for ‘hysteria’ rather than a pleasurable initimate act, has allowed the orgasm gap to exist today.
There are many places trying to tackle the issue, such as, Ann Summer’s ‘Pleasure Positvity’ campaign, The Pleasure Podcast, Erica Lust’s erotic films made for a female audience, The Dilemma Of Desire documentary initiating inclusive converstaions on the subject and Cult Beauty’s #Vulvalution, to name a few.
The orgasm gap campaigns are to educate and empower people to take thier sexual autonomy into their own hands and have better and safer sex if they so choose.
For this brief it’s essential to cover this subject area within my project: possibly and overview education & links to detailed resources or a guide to masturbation and female anatomy? – I need to think about how to present this in an inclusive and non offensive way.
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