Sex edu­ca­tion in the 21st cen­tury: Where are you?

von Steffi & Tania
Steffi Renz, Tania HernĂĄndez, Sexuelle AufklĂ€rung, SexualaufklĂ€rung, Positive AufklĂ€rung, What the fish, Oh Woman, AufklĂ€rung, Crowdfunding, Periodenspiel, Periodensystem, Menstruierende in Not, Brettspiel, spielerische AufklĂ€rung, spielerisch ĂŒber Menstruation lernen, Spiel fĂŒr SexualaufklĂ€rung, Sexed, sexual education, education through games, Vagina, Vulva, SexualaufklĂ€rung fĂŒr Kinder, board games, Vulvani, Photo Credits Rosi Offenbach Fotografie

Vulva and vagina are the same thing!.. Uhm nope. You didn’t know that either? Well then wel­come to the club. This real­iza­tion occurred to us, TaniaSteffi, when we were 24 and 28 years old. Now we are already one big year older. But that doesn’t change the fact that we are two – sup­pos­edly – grown up young cis women. “Sup­pos­edly” because we have been in this body for 25 and 29 years, respec­tively, and are always mar­veling at new insights. But why is that so? If we start think­ing about where the prob­lem might lie, we both imme­di­ately think of sex edu­ca­tion in school.

Steffi Renz, Tania HernĂĄndez, Sexuelle AufklĂ€rung, SexualaufklĂ€rung, Positive AufklĂ€rung, What the fish, Oh Woman, AufklĂ€rung, Crowdfunding, Periodenspiel, Periodensystem, Menstruierende in Not, Brettspiel, spielerische AufklĂ€rung, spielerisch ĂŒber Menstruation lernen, Spiel fĂŒr SexualaufklĂ€rung, Sexed, sexual education, education through games, Vagina, Vulva, SexualaufklĂ€rung fĂŒr Kinder, board games, Vulvani, Photo Credits Rosi Offenbach Fotografie

Photo Cred­its: Rosi Offen­bach for OH WOMAN

Sex edu­ca­tion at school must be modernized

Right before the start of sum­mer break, in 5th grade there are 2 school lessons for sex edu­ca­tion. In front of us, a mixed group of stu­dents, is our biol­ogy teacher, who is heav­ily sweat­ing. He explains to us how the penis needs to be inserted into the vagina in order to con­ceive a child. With pro­fes­sion­ally cor­rect and super ‘dry’ (haha ;)) terms of course. As the class gig­gles and becomes more and more unset­tled, our biol­ogy teacher is “brave” enough to use the word SEX instead of inter­course – the class laughs out loud.

At the end of the two lessons, our biol­ogy teacher says: ‘I’m going to put some small pack­ages here. Any­one who wants to, may take one.’ What he didn’t tell us is that these are pack­ages with period prod­ucts. As a result, all the boys ran quickly to the front. They grabbed the pack­ages and threw tam­pons soaked with water around the classroom. 

Shame and silence rein­force self-doubt

When we both recalled these mem­o­ries, it was very clear to us: If this is the first expe­ri­ence with infor­ma­tion about our body and espe­cially about peri­ods, it is no sur­prise that we do not engage with it more and deeper. We remem­ber the sub­ject as some­thing unpleas­ant. A topic that one does not talk about – because oth­er­wise there will be laugh­ter. Although every per­son has a body and half of all peo­ple world­wide men­stru­ate, in other words it’s some­thing very nat­ural, we only talk about it with a cer­tain degree of shame 
 or sim­ply not at all. And this shame and silence leads to igno­rance, which only increases self-doubt.

Early sex edu­ca­tion is key – a game the solution

Espe­cially in our youth, where every­thing changes and we are strongly influ­enced by our envi­ron­ment and other’s opin­ions, we, Tania & Steffi, are con­vinced that it is essen­tial to teach teenagers about their bod­ies. The sooner they have knowl­edge about their own body, the more self-con­fi­dent teenagers can grow up. And the more openly they will talk about it as adults – and with every gen­er­a­tion that fol­lows, the taboo will grad­u­ally dis­ap­pear from the scene – in the best case. That’s why we cre­ated OH WOMANÂź: A game for sex edu­ca­tion about the female body and peri­ods.

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Play­fully learn more about your own body with OH WOMANŸ

In gen­eral, the pur­pose of the games is to have fun and relax together with other peole – be it friends, fam­ily or col­leagues. It cre­ates a relaxed atmos­phere. And with it the per­fect safe space to talk about top­ics that are uncom­fort­able for many peo­ple. In addi­tion, OH WOMANÂź is an ana­log game for two peo­ple. This means that every­one has a chance to say some­thing. No one is ‘oppressed’ by group dynam­ics. We not only learn­ing some­thing, but it will cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther conversations. 

Steffi Renz, Tania HernĂĄndez, Sexuelle AufklĂ€rung, SexualaufklĂ€rung, Positive AufklĂ€rung, What the fish, Oh Woman, AufklĂ€rung, Crowdfunding, Periodenspiel, Periodensystem, Menstruierende in Not, Brettspiel, spielerische AufklĂ€rung, spielerisch ĂŒber Menstruation lernen, Spiel fĂŒr SexualaufklĂ€rung, Sexed, sexual education, education through games, Vagina, Vulva, SexualaufklĂ€rung fĂŒr Kinder, board games, Vulvani, Photo Credits Rosi Offenbach Fotografie

Photo Cred­its: Rosi Offen­bach for OH WOMAN

Steffi Renz, Tania HernĂĄndez, Sexuelle AufklĂ€rung, SexualaufklĂ€rung, Positive AufklĂ€rung, What the fish, Oh Woman, AufklĂ€rung, Crowdfunding, Periodenspiel, Periodensystem, Menstruierende in Not, Brettspiel, spielerische AufklĂ€rung, spielerisch ĂŒber Menstruation lernen, Spiel fĂŒr SexualaufklĂ€rung, Sexed, sexual education, education through games, Vagina, Vulva, SexualaufklĂ€rung fĂŒr Kinder, board games, Vulvani, Photo Credits Rosi Offenbach Fotografie
Steffi Renz, Tania HernĂĄndez, Sexuelle AufklĂ€rung, SexualaufklĂ€rung, Positive AufklĂ€rung, What the fish, Oh Woman, AufklĂ€rung, Crowdfunding, Periodenspiel, Periodensystem, Menstruierende in Not, Brettspiel, spielerische AufklĂ€rung, spielerisch ĂŒber Menstruation lernen, Spiel fĂŒr SexualaufklĂ€rung, Sexed, sexual education, education through games, Vagina, Vulva, SexualaufklĂ€rung fĂŒr Kinder, board games, Vulvani, Photo Credits Rosi Offenbach Fotografie

Knowl­edge as a dri­ver for a con­fi­dent generation

Our great­est wish is that future gen­er­a­tions will no longer feel ashamed of their bod­ies – and every­thing that comes with it. But that they will accept them­selves as they are and be proud of it. We are con­vinced that knowl­edge gives them this (‘self’) assur­ance. And thus inci­den­tally dis­man­tles myths and removes the taboo about peri­ods and (female) sex­u­al­ity! In this spirit: Let the period begin.

Steffi Renz, Tania HernĂĄndez, Sexuelle AufklĂ€rung, SexualaufklĂ€rung, Positive AufklĂ€rung, What the fish, Oh Woman, AufklĂ€rung, Crowdfunding, Periodenspiel, Periodensystem, Menstruierende in Not, Brettspiel, spielerische AufklĂ€rung, spielerisch ĂŒber Menstruation lernen, Spiel fĂŒr SexualaufklĂ€rung, Sexed, sexual education, education through games, Vagina, Vulva, SexualaufklĂ€rung fĂŒr Kinder, board games, Vulvani, Credits Lisa Hantke
Steffi Renz, Tania HernĂĄndez, Sexuelle AufklĂ€rung, SexualaufklĂ€rung, Positive AufklĂ€rung, What the fish, Oh Woman, AufklĂ€rung, Crowdfunding, Periodenspiel, Periodensystem, Menstruierende in Not, Brettspiel, spielerische AufklĂ€rung, spielerisch ĂŒber Menstruation lernen, Spiel fĂŒr SexualaufklĂ€rung, Sexed, sexual education, education through games, Vagina, Vulva, SexualaufklĂ€rung fĂŒr Kinder, board games, Vulvani, Photo Credits Lisa Hantke

Photo Cred­its Lisa Han­tke for OH WOMAN 

Infobox about the game: 

OH WOMANÂź is a Ger­man game that over­comes com­mon myths about peri­ods and the female body and pro­vides facts. The game is intended to give chil­dren from the age of 10 years the oppor­tu­nity for a pos­i­tive sex edu­ca­tion about peri­ods and the female body – with­out any shame. From August 24 to Octo­ber 18, 2020, they ran a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign on Start­next, which has now been suc­cess­fully com­pleted. So now the real work is just begin­ning. From the begin­ning of 2021 the game OH WOMANÂź will be offi­cially avail­able for pur­chase at www.ohwoman.de â€“ first in only in Ger­man, but an Eng­lish trans­la­tion is planned. The web­site allows you to reg­is­ter for a newslet­ter to receive infor­ma­tion about the launch before the gen­eral pub­lic. With every game sold, they sup­port the Ger­man non-profit orga­ni­za­tion peri­o­den­sys­tem to pro­vide men­stru­at­ing peo­ple in need with period products.

Veröffentlicht am 1. December 2020
Steffi Renz (25) und Tania HernĂĄndez (29) sind die beiden Inhaberinnen des Designstudios what the fishÂź. Sie leben und arbeiten in MĂŒnchen und haben wĂ€hrend des Lockdowns die Idee zu dem positiven AufklĂ€rungsspiel OH WOMANÂź entwickelt. | Webseite | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

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