Laci Green teaches sex ed to the masses on YouTube

Laci Green has been keeping busy in the past four years, offering her popular sex education series Sex+ to YouTube and touring university campuses to give sex-positive presentations.

Green was at the University of Calgary on Jan. 30-31st to spread the gospel about healthy sexuality to students.

Green says she started her channel because there were “a lot of conversations about sexuality and things that I wanted someone to talk to about, but there was no space for it, or space where I felt safe and comfortable talking about it.

“So I decided I wanted to create that space online.”

She added in an interview that being raised in a very “sexually repressive” religious tradition also motivated her to begin the project.

Green uses her channel to promote the sex-positive movement.

“It’s basically the philosophy that sex is a natural, normal, healthy part of life, and that conversations about sex shouldn’t be in the shadows, they shouldn’t be cloaked in fear and shame,” Green explained.

“It should be something that could be talked about openly, because it’s a part of most people’s lives.”

“By keeping it in the shadows, we perpetuate a lot of really unhealthy attitudes and ideas. It’s how abusive relationships and sexual violence and shame and guilt flourish, and that’s not healthy. It’s not good for anyone.”

The 24-year-old Californian has also teamed up with Planned Parenthood (Northern New England chapter), and Discovery on YouTube within the past year and a half, creating content for their channels.

She’s currently more heavily involved with Discovery, where she is a presenter for a science news webseries on the DNews YouTube channel.

Her busy schedule has forced her to cut back on hours with Planned Parenthood, with whom she makes sex education videos for the channel A Naked Notion.

Green is often asked how to do what she does. She says she is not sure what to tell them as her career took more of an “organic” path, as opposed to being the result of specific steps.

She does, however, think it’s awesome that she’s inspiring others to follow in her footsteps.

“There’s no one voice that’s going to change the world, it needs lots of voices,” Green said.

“Lots of people need to be doing activism in their own communities, in their own ways, shapes and forms.”

“It’s really exciting and I hope that if anyone’s interested, they should definitely be proactive and do it.”

Friendly Face: Laci Green of Sex+ on YouTube gave a talk at U of C in Calgary on Jan. 31. Green stayed behind for two hours after her talk to meet her viewers. (Photo by Centaine Tyler/The Press)
Friendly Face: Laci Green of Sex+ on YouTube gave a talk at U of C in Calgary on Jan. 31. Green stayed behind for two hours after her talk to meet her viewers. (Photo by Centaine Tyler/The Press)

Green says one thing she wants to start doing is mentoring young people who are hoping to get started on YouTube or blogging, providing them with support to create their own resources.

“It can be a challenging process,” she says.

Green “would love to see more female YouTubers rise up,” because being a female content creator on the site can still challenging.

“People’s ideas about women, combined with the anonymity, they think that it’s okay to leave objectifying comments, to harass me, to use slurs against me, to spam me and to mistreat me.

“I do not see this on any men’s videos, and every female YouTuber that I know has to deal with it.

“It is a problem, and I think that there’s widely within the YouTube community a culture of acceptance. People are just, like, ‘well, that’s how people behave,’ instead of realizing that they behave like that because we give them a free pass.

“I obviously think it’s because of sexism. YouTube is not exempt from all the problems that are around us in society.

“If you notice, most of the top YouTubers are men. Where women can succeed it’s usually in makeup or fashion.

“Hopefully in the future, that’ll change.”

She says the most important message she tries to give to her viewers is one of self-love, acceptance, tolerance and openness.

“Allowing people to be who they are, respecting who they are, respecting yourself, which means loving yourself in any number of ways, from sexual stuff to body image stuff and relationship stuff.

“I want people to feel empowered and comfortable with themselves, so that they can be their best in the world and in their relationships, and they can have good, healthy sexuality and sex life.”

Green is currently “knee-deep” in presentations on sexuality, relationships, feminism and rape culture at university campuses.

She also plans to produce more Sex+ videos, and is in the process of writing a book.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Centaine Tyler worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.