NEWS YOU CAN USE
Asa Butterfield on talking openly & Sex Education
“Is Sex Education a force for good in terms of tackling issues and normalising insecurities?
Asa Butterfield Definitely. It spreads positive messages and opens up important conversations – about sexuality, bodies, mental health.
It’s always difficult for parents and children to talk about these things. Our show deals with them in an authentic, lighthearted, non-judgmental way. I wish it had been around when I was a teenager.
People have told me how much it’s helped them – whether it’s coming out to their parents or boosting their confidence. It reassures people that they’re not weird or alone. Everyone’s got quirks and hang-ups”
Asa Butterfield: “Sex Education reassures people they’re not weird or alone” (Guardian, 17/1/21)
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WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
Anna Whitehouse – author, columnist and founder of Mother Pukka
“The best support and protection parents can offer young people is ensuring they have all the information they need to make decisions about their health, body, sexual exploration and emotions – which is what Outspoken is all about”
Sara Pascoe – comedian, author and member of Outspoken Advisory Board
”As a parent I felt enabled and empowered to have age-and-stage appropriate conversations with my children after the Outspoken Sex Ed workshop. This suddenly felt like a challenge I could take on with gusto rather than shying away from”
Dr Pooky Knightsmith – child and adolescent mental-health expert and author
“This is wonderful work and very much needed”
Dr Naomi Sutton – NHS sexual-health consultant on E4’s The Sex Clinic
“Misinformation about sex has always been part of teenage life. But today, with pornography and social media, young people are exposed to a tsunami of false and damaging ideas and information. It’s therefore our duty to provide young people with a healthy counter-narrative. The work of Outspoken – which provides resources for parents and teachers to have open, honest conversations about sex and relationships – is therefore more crucial than ever”
Natasha Devon MBE – mental-health and body-image campaigner
Incredibly helpful. I feel much better equipped to deal with what I thought would be awkward conversations – actually I don’t think they are at all!