Oh no! Am I actually going to talk about Sex? Yes I am... look away now... cringe!
Well I don’t cringe; I’m quite open when talking about sex. I wrote this on twitter the other day: “Back from sexual health place. *STI free since 1986* now got a pocket of condoms.” I got a text from my friend saying “dude you share too much”; and maybe I do... I know my grandparents read that tweet and when my mum called me she bought the subject up. I don’t have one of those relationships with my mum where I share everything, but on the subject of sex I have no qualms about talking openly, because safe sex and STI’s is a serious issue. My mum didn’t understand why I went to the sex clinic if i didn’t think anything was wrong; I explained that I go regularly/ when I change sexual partners because I think it’s the responsible thing to do... her response was 'aww isn’t that nice'. Which I think highlights the difference between our generations. I’d like to think these days that it’s a subject that everyone takes seriously and is comfortable dealing with.
Then I heard on Radio 1 Newsbeat: Sex clinics 'not up to scratch'. Teenagers saying feel uneasy visiting Sex Clinics. Sixteen-year-old Birzi from south London told Newsbeat: "They ask stupid questions like: 'Why do you need a condom?' and make you fill out long forms. It’s just not needed. It's obvious what we are here for."
So clearly the first thing that has to change is clinics becoming welcoming and discreet places where people feel confinable. Otherwise people are going to be driven away from them, escalating the UK's STI problem.
Anyway I’ll stop banging on with my holier-than-thou attitude. However there is one more thing I want to talk about while I’m on the subject.
Thanks French Letter