My name is Jazmyne. I'm a senior in college and I'm doing an internship project for my Women’s Studies degree. My project, which is called Sex in Perspective, began with me collecting people's stories to turn into a pamphlet/packet in order to educate high school students. However, the project has grown much larger than that. So I am still collecting stories, but instead of just being distributed in a pamphlet, they will now be in a book. I will separate the stories into chapters based on the subject and I will add my own perspective/ideas and information to each chapter. Through these stories, I will be educating today’s youth about safe sex by openly speaking about sex, gender, the body, and sexuality. Basically, I want to help educate today's youth about having safe, healthy, happy sexual lives. And this project is just one way to achieve that.
So what kind of stories am I looking for? I want to know about coming of age- things related to sex, sexuality, gender, and the body. For instance- what it's like to get tested for STDs, HIV/AIDS, coming out, treating herpes, buying condoms, first figuring out about masturbation, talking with your doctor about pregnancy/birth control, surviving rape, getting an abortion, anal/oral/vaginal experiences, etc. This will be used to benefit and educate today's youth. Everyone is welcome to share a story. But in order to appeal to young people, I would like for the stories to be from an experience that happened between the ages of 15-25. However, if you are below the legal age of consent,16, your story must not deal explicitly with sex.
You decide what to share. I do understand that these stories are personal and I will do everything to protect your privacy. And yes, you do have the option to remain anonymous (in which case, your name will not appear anywhere). If you are not comfortable sharing a story or if you would like to help more than just sharing, I also have a survey that you can answer.
If you are interested in sharing a story and/or filling out the survey, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, please check out my page.