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The V-Card Diaries: Tales of Sexual Debuts

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Therese Shechter of Trixie Films highlights a crowd-sourced digital storytelling film about losing one's virginity. Presented at YTH Live 2014 session "Digital Advocacy around Sensitive Issues."

Therese Shechter of Trixie Films highlights a crowd-sourced digital storytelling film about losing one's virginity. Presented at YTH Live 2014 session "Digital Advocacy around Sensitive Issues."


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  • 1. Digital Advocacy Around Sensitive Issues The V-Card Diaries: A New Way to Talk About Virginity Therese Shechter Trixie Films April 6-8, 2014 San Francisco, CA Annual Conference on Youth + Tech + Health
  • 2. @trixiefilms @virginitymovie
  • 3. What was your first important sexual milestone? Who did you tell? How did you feel? Tweet with #YTHVirginity
  • 4. Everyone has a story.
  • 5. How the Meaning, Mythology & Misogyny of virginity affects the lives of young American women and men. *Going Beyond Abstinence *Lots of Humor *Diverse Personal Stories
  • 6. Push-back against toxic cultural messages Community Safe space & Anonymity Honest conversation Diversity of experience and priorities Visibility for people left out of sex-positive virginity conversations: Asexual, queer, older, religious, male Fun! Not scary or shaming What our audience asked for:
  • 7. Phase 1: V-Card Diaries Beta Tales of Sexual Debuts and Deferrals
  • 8. *Link!
  • 9. No one magical transformative moment Becoming sexual is a long process - series of first times, milestones, virginities to 'lose' Sexuality is self-defined Diverse experiences, different timelines It's OK to make mistakes Re-framing virginity
  • 10. Some of the damage we do to youth is making them think one moment will change them forever.
  • 11. Some of the damage we do to youth is making them think one moment will change them forever. Sex doesn't work like that.
  • 12. Kissing Oral sex Manual sex Sex Toys Anal Sex Intercourse Kink Significant sexual milestones First Orgasm Feeling comfortable with your body Masturbation Feeling connected to your partner Penetration with other things Sexual assault
  • 13. Phase 2 Preview: Experience Engine Prototype Quiz + Dataviz = Creating a Sexual History
  • 14. *Link!
  • 15. Using V-Card Diaries • Kinsey Institute • Eastern Washington University
  • 16. We'd like to do more! Funding support > get us out of beta/prototype Partnerships > uses for advocacy & storytelling Spread the word > more & diverse contributors
  • 17. See the film: Tonight! Take a flyer! Get the film: virginitymovie.com Women Make Movies wmm.com
  • 18. More info virginitymovie.com [#YTHLive] Contact: Therese Shechter info@trixiefilms.com @virginitymovie @trixiefilms
  • 19. #YTHVirginity