Birmingham University leads pop-up sex clinic
Academics at Birmingham City University have come up with a new solution to get people talking about safe sex and sexual health.
They are launching a pop-up clinic in the city centre tailored towards creating a safe space for women.
The free one-day event is being held as part of International Women’s Day celebrations, which took place on March 8th, across the month. It looks to offer a "fun, safe and sex-positive space for women, of all ages and backgrounds, to learn and talk about their sexual health and wellbeing needs".
Dubbed 'The VQ' or Vagina Quotient, the initiative will welcome some of the country's best female-led independent sexual health businesses and organisations.
It hopes to remove a lot of the taboo that still surrounds sex and encourage women to talk openly about any problems, concerns or questions they may have.
Dr Keeley Abbott, lecturer at Birmingham City University, said: “We rarely talk about the sex and relationship education needs of adults. We need to start discussing the needs of women, and in a way that acknowledges desire and pleasure. We want to hear about women’s sexual, menstrual and reproductive health needs.”
Although led by people at the university, the event is very much for women of all ages. There is a particular concern about young females going through higher education because of the amount of sexual activity and even assault that occurs. But women of all ages can benefit from being more informed about safe sex and being able to talk openly about experiences they may have had.
Dr Abbott, a critical social psychologist who specialises in sexuality, gender and sex education is leading the event alongside Dr Annalise Weckesser, a medical anthropologist whose research explores issues of gender and health and they hope women of all stages of their sexual life will benefit from The VQ.
Dr Weckesser said: “We have communication taboos around menstruation, sex and menopause in Britain. Time and again, research shows that this silence and stigma leads to negative consequences and health risks for girls and women."