Grace Alice is an Irish Sexuality Educator, based in Galway city. She is originally trained as an Occupational Therapist and this is where her interest in positive sexual health promotion began. She feels there is very little emphasis on addressing sex and intimacy in practice. So she decided to do Masters in Health Promotion, specialising in adolescent body image. She has worked as Relationships and Sexuality Educator for 5 years now. She has set up her own business and brand to work independently as a Sexuality Educator for adults.
She believes :
Sexuality and relationships are intrinsic to every person and their health and happiness and thus sex education is extremely important for everyone. Sexuality is something that is universally important and impactful. It is entangled with psychology, biology, genetics, law, politics, sociology, healthcare.
What many people fail to recognise is that although sex is a wholly normal and natural part of being human, the act of having sex does not necessarily come ‘naturally’. We learn how to have sex. We learn sexual attitudes, beliefs, behaviours and norms. Some of this learning can be very unhelpful and we may need to also ‘unlearn’.
According to her,
She further adds on, getting information from reputable sites, examining your own biases and beliefs related to sex, keeping an open mind, being kind and patient with yourself and each other can really make a huge difference!
She says that even in in western culture, barriers exist in Sex Ed.
It includes funding, access and general attitudes towards sexuality – which can be influenced by religion, history, family, friends, the media, and so on.
In order to break down these barriers, it is necessary to keep challenging attitudes towards sexuality which are rooted in shame, sexism, misogyny, racism, prejudice and misinformation.