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Talks, workshops, at-home activism and campaign contributions: the latest sex & relationships things on the Outspoken radar that you can look into and do right now

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TELL YOUR CHILD as a conversation starter that the theme for Sexual Health Week (SHW) – run by Brook, the sexual health charity for under-25s from 10-16 October – is Breaking Barriers. Ask what barriers to accessing or talking about sexual health barriers are there and how can we break them? What topics SHW should cover – and how? Could they get a kick out of how creatively the Different Is Normal resource uses interactive illustrations to learn about vulvas? Do they like Brook’s handouts on porn, consent, condoms and 

the LGBT+ ABC? SHW22 highlights: What do we mean by Breaking Barriers? (webinar 10/10), Brook’s Big RSE Lesson Live (livestream 12/10), Ruby Rare Talks: Breaking Barriers (12/10, £10). For details, books and videos for young people & real-life stories check here

GO TO FESTIVAL OF THE GIRL

ATTEND Festival of the Girl – a nonprofit event to inspire girls aged 7-11 and support parents in raising them in less stereotyped ways. Show up virtually on 11 October (which is International Day of the Girl) and all month for free, and/or rock up in London on 9 October (Business Design Centre: £5 adult & ages 3-4; £8.50 ages 5-15). We’re fans – we’ve been there in person and in 2020 contributed a video on consent 

LISTEN UP ON ONLINE SAFETY

TUNE INTO Quickie: How to keep your kids safe online (30/8/22), a the 17-minute Dirty Mother Pukka podcast in which Anna Whitehouse (aka Mother Pukka) talks to mental-health campaigner Natasha Devon

about the “trad wife” trend among girls, how to talk to your son age 12-14 who might be influenced by Andrew Tate’s violent misogyny and how vital it is to encourage boys to be nurses and teachers…

FIND A FUMBLE VOLUNTEER

ASK someone aged 16 to 21 in the UK if they’d like join the Youth Advisory Board for Fumble – the sex-ed charity with a dynamic online presence that’s run by young people for young people – for a year to help shape its content and campaigns on sexual and mental health, relationships and more and to help out on projects. Deadline 5pm on 14 October