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Understanding Personal Lubricants
August 16 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
This workshop is meant to expand beyond the current base-line understanding of personal lubricants, as researched and presented by an educator working in a health and education based sex store. There is a trend for sex educators to encourage lubricant use for all as a means to reduce shame, enhance the sexual experience, and promote sexual wellness. This prompt often leaves out crucial nuances regarding the possible sexual health implications of the most common personal lubricants. Recommendations to use boutique products from smaller manufacturers does an additional disservice when considering the sexual health of the general public and the accessibility of non-irritating devices. Throughout the presentation, I will be presenting and analyzing the findings of scientific studies of personal lubricants, the 2012 Advisory note from the World Health Organization regarding personal lubricants, and the regulation/testing policies from the FDA. Furthermore, I will analyze the marketing language used by major lubricant companies and how this marketing perpetuates the spread of misinformation to the average consumer. Finally, I will present how I am making efforts to combat this issue.
I will present information in a lecture style with time for questions and answers after the lecture. A powerpoint presenting graphs, important data, and visual illustrations of concepts will accompany the presentation to help facilitate audience comprehension.