“SEX ED FOR THE INTERNET”
It seems that feminism and the developmental levels of female sexuality are more widely accepted online and in digital culture than they are in society; the “real world” outside of our screens.
The digital community has promoted female sexuality in an accepting, unfiltered, and unapologetic framework through coming-out videos, discussions around female puberty: periods, armpit and pubic hair, virginity, as well as the do’s and don’ts of safe, enjoyable, consenting sex.
The internet and much of its content can be accessed more conveniently than many alternative methods, which means that if someone was interested in finding out more about sexuality, they could readily find it online. However, this individual would also need to filter through millions of pages and content promoting sexuality in contrasting ways — this case study will focus specifically on the way the internet promotes open discussion, education and awareness for important conversations surrounding feminism, female body image and perception, sexuality and sexual identity, female puberty, and every topic of discussion that we are usually told not to have in public because it’s socially inappropriate.
Laci Green, known as the internet’s sex-expert, is the host of the hit YouTube channel Sex+, an online video series dedicated to discussing and defending sexuality and feminism. Her content caters primarily to a young female audience — though males are not excluded — ranging in age from 13–17, while also popular between a second age bracket of 17–24.
The online community is definitely more progressive in sexual education and important matters regarding sexuality than sex-ed in schools. Online forums and YouTube videos are incredibly helpful spaces for safe zones, sex education, and gender equality for individuals in households, communities, and countries that will not encourage the same kind of language and education. If a transgender, bi-sexual, lesbian or other “female” is going through puberty and sexual exploration, an online community provides an outlet for her during this process.
“Let’s talk about genitals”
Laci Green’s friendly and approachable way to educate her audience on the importance of sexual education intends to eliminate the “fear” or difficulty a young viewer may experience when discussing sex and sexual health. Her approach, though forward, allows viewers to discover information that they might not be as comfortable seeking elsewhere. However, that same unapologetic content has been considered “controversial” for appealing to youth about sexuality.
Why does this content matter?
Laci shares the importance of self-defense, understanding and accepting sexuality, while exploring sex culture and promoting positive language regarding sexuality, transitioning, sexual health and our genitals.
Over the last few years, she’s become one of the most prominent women on YouTube and a leader in the larger sex-positive movement.
Her content can often be seen as controversial because she supports and identifies with feminism, while openly discussing subjects that are still not widely comfortable talking-points.
The Laci Green // Sex+ Breakdown
Laci Green is a 26-year old American YouTube video-blogger, public sex educator, and feminist activist. She has hosted online sex education content on behalf of Planned Parenthood and Discovery News. She is currently the host of MTV’s YouTube channel, BRALESS.
Her YouTube channel is her most successful and widespread platform, though she is also recognized for holding events and tours where she speaks at Universities around the US and Canada to promote a progressive, more liberal sexual education.
What You Need to Know:
- Known as the internet’s sex-expert.
- Coined: “Sex-Ed for the Internet”
- Host of the hit YouTube channel Sex+, an online video series dedicated to discussing and defending sexuality and feminism.
- Who watches Laci? Primary YouTube audience are females aged from 13–17 and 17–24.
- Budget? Didn’t previously have one on her personal YouTube channel — she filmed in her house with a camera, and edits her own videos.
- Now collaborates as a host for MTV’s YouTube channel, Braless.
- Holds sex-ed programs at universities across Canada and the US concerning rape-culture and sex positivity.
5,000,000 YOUNG ADULTS
Laci is one of the most popular sexual violence prevention advocates and sex educators accessed outside the classroom.
YouTube (on 09/21/2016)
1,508,926 subscribers • 131,408,103 views
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In March 2016, TIME magazine named Laci Green one of the 30 most influential people on the internet based on her impact on social media and overall ability to drive news.
Let’s talk about genitals
MOST POPULAR VIDEOS (top 3):
How is it relevant?
She not only discusses important matters regarding sexuality, and sex-health, but she is an activist for self-defense, feminism, body positivity, anti-bullying etc. Her second most viewed video informs viewers to be concerned about the news surrounding a fellow-YouTuber, Sam Pepper, and his videos, in which he ignorantly promotes sexual harassment as a joke. She discusses how his actions, even as a joke, are harmless and promote sexual harassment as “okay” for his impressionable young audience.
Sam Pepper & Sexual Harassment
Her open letter to Sam Pepper, a fellow YouTuber, who was creating content that promoted sexual harassment — got over 100,000 signatures in a day.
Why should it matter to me?
- She has a platform and she has an impact to change sexual education in schools across North America.
- She speaks to politicians and has advocated for many anti-sex abuse and pro-sex-education campaigns.
A YouTube Blogger delivers better sex education about consent than most schools do.
Her content is not aimed only to entertain but to also impact and educate youth in a relevant and INFORMAL tone. Being informal with your audience in terms of sexual language, even if the terms themselves are medical helps build a level of comfort and trust, where people are in a “safe zone” which is ridiculously important since many individuals (especially in certain cultures) do not have the luxury of this kind of relationship with their health-practitioners / doctors, family, educators and sometimes even friends. Laci provides a platform for that.
Another in-theme webseries promoting feminism, female sexuality, gender-politics and women in all shapes and stages of their lives is Amanda De Cadenet’s The Conversation.