Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Oh. My. Porn.

So. That two-day training I mentioned? Oh. My. God. What it is is a Sexual Attitudes Reassessment (SAR) that Planned Parenthood educators (from PA, NJ, and DE) attend every so often (maybe annually). I know I'm not going to be able to explain it properly, but let me just tell you a little bit about it.

Basically, we watch films, and then go into breakout groups and talk about them.
Film #1 was a collection of mostly photos, but some live action, of naked bodies, closeups of vulvas and penises, and even action shots of masturbating, inserting a tampon, etc. No big deal; nothing I hadn't seen before.

Film #2 consisted of interviews with several women and men on how they came to start masturbating, as well as their habits. They masturbated on film.

Film #3 was the most explicit. It featured six couples, all going through sex therapy. First we watched them caress each others' faces. Then we watched them have sex. There were two heterosexual couples, two gay male couples, and two lesbian couples. It was really interesting because, even though I'm sure the film would be classified as porn by definition, it was so refreshingly far from mainstream porn. They used real couples engaging in real intercourse that meant something to them. And to begin the film with the caressing of the faces, it set the scene for it to be respected as a learning tool (they show it to clients in therapy).

Film #4 was about seniors and sexuality. Some old people are sooo funny.

I don't remember what's in store for tomorrow, but I will say that this SAR is the most unique, most interesting training I've ever been to. Also, I've decided what's next for me academically: the Jefferson College of Health Professions Couples and Family Therapy Masters Program. Word.

1 comment:

Bobbie said...

Whoa. I am so jealous!

Is that school in Boston? I bet Boston has some good schools. ;)

(I have to try, right?)