Here’s a piece in the Independent online where me and some other excellent peeps in the field talk about some of the biggest taboos in Sexual Health – in other words, what we should be talking about more in sex ed!
Emma Chan works as a Facilitator for The School of Sexuality Education, delivering inclusive and sex-positive sex and relationship workshops, mostly to secondary aged children, across the UK. Emma is a co-author of School of Sex Ed’s book, ‘Sex Ed: An Inclusive Teenage Guide to Sex and Relationships’.
They qualified as a doctor (BMBS) in 2015 from the University of Nottingham, going on to begin speciality training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2017. They previously studied Psychology (BSc), also gained at The University of Nottingham. They are currently working towards an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Emma is a member of The Candid Collective, regularly helping to run ‘Genital Making Magnets’ workshops. Emma been interviewed about topics relating to sexual health by The Independent Online, Cosmopolitan Online, Ask Ella, BBC Sound’s Jacob Hawley: On Love and even BBC Radio Devon! They have appeared as a guest speaker at UCL’s Institute of Education, as part of the ‘Gender, Sex and Education’ MSc module.
Emma’s pronouns are she/her or they/their. They are comfortable with the gender label ‘woman’. However, they are conscious of this having been strongly ‘externally’ imposed through a life-time of social conditioning. For example, Emma attended an all-girls secondary school in North London and still has the pink baby name band she was given at birth. If they had grown up in the fearless post-feminist, gender-stereotype-free utopia they would like to try to bring about, maybe this label would not be so appropriate…