Making Sex Ed Less Boring

With Natalie Tew 


If you aren’t following the QUT Student Guild on Instagram, you may have missed a cheeky poll they put up on their stories a few weeks ago. This poll posed a few questions to QUT students about what they would like to know more about regarding sex and safe sex practices. The polls ranged from ‘Experimenting with kinks and aftercare’ and ‘Getting into the mood & keeping sex interesting’ to ‘How to ask for consent without killing the mood’. 

Using the results of these polls, the QUT Guild has devised a one-off sexual wellness seminar to cover vital sex-ed we should have been taught in school. The seminar will be co-presented by Lucy and Georgia Grace from The Normal Company  and we be presented in collaboration with the Guild’s Women’s Officer Natalie Tew. The topics covered will respond to the poll of 1300 people, and include ‘Pleasure: Orgasm, arousal and pleasure education’, ‘What about consent?’, ‘Desire and libido’, and ‘All about sexual exploration’. 

For those of you who didn’t get tickets in time to see the Vibrator Race on Thursday (seriously), you’re in luck. Sexual Wellness events like these are becoming more common everywhere thanks to organisations like Normal. 

Glass got in contact with Natalie Tew to get her thoughts on the importance of events like these. 

‘We no longer live in the Bridgerton era (sadly). Students are going to be engaging in sex as they grow into being independent adults. It’s essential students know how to practise safe sex, are comfortable with themselves, and are able to make sex into a truly fun experience where you are in tune with your body. Sex shouldn’t be a dull experience that you’re hoping will end soon. It should be a fun time that hits you with all those good brain chemicals at the end. 

‘We’re partnering with the awesome company Normal to answer QUT Students’ sex questions. The goal of this event is to help with sexual wellness. This includes the important stuff high school sex-ed might have left out, and the stuff you’re dying to know. 

‘It’s as the recent NSSS survey and other research show that a lack of sex education can lead to perpetrators using this to their advantage. Being aware of sex and everything it entails (e.g. if you’re going to choke you need a safe word) helps keep every party involved safe. 

‘They are some students who have taken the opportunity to be bigoted but we’ve used it as a chance to do what the event goal is – educate people and end the stigma around talking about sex. 

‘[The University] may have a small sex education campaign however an event like this? No, the Guild is going above and beyond to give you a vibrator race and dick waffles. Sex isn’t (shouldn’t be) boring and so why should an event about it be boring?’ 


Stay tuned to hear more about the Sexual Wellness Vibrator Race. 

Tom Loudon
Tom Loudon

Tom (he/him) is a Meanjin/Brisbane based writer and the Editor in Chief at Glass Media. He has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) and is currently studying Communications (Journalism) at QUT.

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