I illustrated this interview with author Ariella Thornhill about her proposition to radically reimagine sex ed. From the text:
“We teach so much about consent and you’re supposed to say, ‘Yes, I want this.’ ‘No, I don’t want this.’ How can you know that? How is it possible to know that if you’re not encouraged to learn what you want and what you like, and how is it possible to know that if you can’t do that in a way where the stakes are low enough that you can try it out?
I think there’s this idea that, like, people come to sex fully formed. Like Athena springing from the head of Zeus or something.”