‘Adding Queer to Sex’ Meeting Discusses Sex Ed

An attendee of the 'Adding Queer to Sex' dances. The event discussed misconceptions around gender, sexuality and what it means to be sex positive. Laura Antunez/PantherNOW

Laura Antunez/Contributing Writer

The sex-ed coalition of FIU, comprised of the Sexual Health Alliance (SHARP) and Simple Pleasures (queer sex education), held a meeting called “Adding Queer to Sex” on Oct. 9 to bring greater awareness to misconceptions about gender, sexuality and what it means to be sex positive.

The presidents of each club, Amelia Leon for Simple Pleasures and Jocelyn Briones for SHARP, provoked discussion among their peers to create an environment where everyone can learn from each other’s experiences, as well as feel included and heard. They help bust myths such as what it means to be sex positive, and the difference between gender and sex.

“That’s what queer sex-ed is about. It’s not like ‘We’re just LGBT people trying to ostracize the heterosexual community,’” said Leon. “It’s about how you have your own particular pleasures and we’re trying to break down these heteronormative/cis normative standards so that you can live your life the way you want and not how society tells you to.”

The meeting addressed the issue concerning language and its limitations in describing sexual orientation, especially for non-binary people. Non-binary is described as an individual that does not exclusively choose to identify either as male or female.

“Straight, gay, lesbian and bisexual are examples of some terminology that’s still okay to use if that’s how you identify, but it can be limiting to other people who don’t necessarily fit that,” said Briones.

The club identified some lesser known terminology that is helpful in creating a more inclusive society for people of all genders. Terms such as androsexual/androphilic, which describes someone who is attracted to masculinity, and gynesexuals/gynephilic for someone who is attracted to femininity.

The meeting also worked to dispel myths such as “believing that some ways of being sexual are inherently better than others” and “liking sex and thinking everyone should like sex.” They also dispelled myths to help identify what it truly is to be “sex positive.”

“Sex positivity is supporting others and their decisions,” said Briones.

The greatest underlying challenge that faces adopting a more inclusive language and a more inclusive society is sexual education. Many of the attendants described their sexual education as inadequate or more as a scare tactic rather than educational.

Information in regards to homosexual sex, masturbation (especially female masturbation) and contraceptives were described as nonexistent in high school sexual education classes. Lack of sexual education can be a block to self acceptance and subsequently, sexual freedom.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is that even if you’re heterosexual, queer sex-ed still applies to you because heterosexuals even have different preferences that don’t necessarily add up the standard,” said Leon.

Despite a lack of formal sexual education in the public school system, the LGBTQ community has still come a long way. As recently as this year, Merriam Webster’s Dictionary has added “they” as a pronoun.

If you want to further your knowledge in the realm of sexual education, gender and masturbation, you can follow Simple Pleasures and SHARP on Instagram at @simplepleasuresfiu and @fiusharp.

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