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Young people and sexual pleasure: a sex positive approach in programming

Young people and sexual pleasure: a sex positive approach in programming

Young people are at the heart of the work of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). IPPF recognises young people as sexual beings who have the right to safe and pleasurable sex and to express their sexuality in whichever way they choose. 

Unfortunately, worldwide, many sexual health interventions for young people are focused only on the risks and potential negative consequences of sexual activity, which can obscure discussion of the realities of sexuality. An approach which looks only at ‘risks’ when talking about safer sex may fail to acknowledge the individual’s sexual rights – their particular desires, relationships, pleasures and agency. A holistic ‘sex-positive’ approach would reach beyond biology to that individual’s circumstances and their relationships, desires and needs. It balances pleasure and risk appropriately. In my presentation I will give examples of how IPPF has integrated a sex positive approach in youth programmes.

Speakers: Doortje Braeken
Areas of Interest / Categories: Child and Adolescent Health, Safe Sex, Sexual Pleasure