Let’s talk about sexual health

Let’s talk about sexual health

The University’s wellbeing workshops let you connect with others and learn about yourself and your wellbeing, and are led by experienced student facilitators who understand university life. In this myView blog post, facilitator Natalie McDonald promotes an upcoming workshop on sexual health at Kelburn campus.

Author Natalie McDonald (right) and fellow Rainbow and Inclusion tuakana Sophie Standfield.

Kia ora koutou katoa,

I’m Natalie McDonald and this year I’m lucky to be running wellbeing workshops alongside studying for an LLB and BA. These workshops provide a wealth of information, both for the facilitators and the participants.

For our upcoming sexual health workshop, Dr Cathy Stephenson from Mauri Ora (Student Health and Counselling) will be joining us.

Sexual health is such a vital area, and it doesn’t matter how much pre-existing knowledge students have. Our workshop will cover all the bases and link people up with support and resources to enable them to explore the topic in more detail.

Our first area of focus will be the impact of pornography. We enable students to discuss how this can affect body image, the understanding of consent, and how they view ‘normal’. Students are given resources on consent, healthy pornography use, and links to the ‘Light Project’ and the ‘Labia Library’.

Next, we’ll discuss healthcare—contraception, STIs, hormones, and more. Participants can ask questions, get information from Family Planning, and hear about the services Mauri Ora provides.

Lastly, we’ll talk about gender and sexual orientation. We talk about the differences between gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, and gender expression using a handy model. Details for Rainbow Youth and our own Rainbow and Inclusion office are provided.

I cannot recommend this workshop enough! It will be casual, helpful and informative, and takes place in a safe space for all of us to learn. The next sexual health session is on Tuesday 4 May and you can book in advance here.

The Wellbeing workshops run every week during term time and the programme is available on the Manawa Ora—Student Wellbeing website. Book now!

Natalie McDonald is a fourth-year LLB/BA double-majoring in Spanish and Criminology, co-director of the Rainbow Law Students Society, wellbeing workshops facilitator, and Rainbow tuakana.

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