Meet Sriha Srinivasan, the ‘sexpert’ destigmatizing sex ed on TikTok

“Sex is fun; talking about sex should be fun.”

Reproductive health activist Sriha Srinivasan talks about the importance of destigmatizing sex and having more comprehensive sex education programs

Video Transcript

SRIHA SRINIVASAN: Just like sex is fun, just like doing sexy things is fun, talking about sex should also be fun. Those conversations should be happening because that's what destigmatizes pleasure. And then, that's what leads to those conversations about having safe sex and being safe overall.

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I'm Sriha Srinivasan. I use she/her pronouns. I am a reproductive health activist @sexedu on TikTok and a UCLA Bruin.

I just got these 500 condoms from the Condom Collective. So I thought today would be a great day to ask, do the know the 10 steps to putting on a condom?

I started @sexedu on TikTok with the intent of destigmatizing everything around pleasure, and sexual health, consent, communication, all of these things for young people. So it was conversations with my mom that got me into sex education in the first place. She is this incredibly educated woman that I look up to so much. And she didn't basic things about her body.

And that's when I realized that there was a cultural gap. And I started working in the field of sex education. And I'm from California. And so, we do have decent, comprehensive, sexual health education. But what I realize is that that is not the case across the United States. Abstinence-only sex education is still federally funded and has been since the late 1900s.

So all these young people, these teenagers, they are so weighed down from stigma whether it's from their peers, or their schools, the government, their families. They can't talk about these things because they feel stigmatized. And so that's the whole point of having a sex education TikTok is that I can get out there on the internet, and speak my truth, and speak the education that I have learned.

So how exactly does Plan B work? Well, the FDA will tell you that it stops ovulation. How does it do that? Through a negative feedback loop.

Now I have this digital space and community where people feel comfortable behind the screen asking questions that they maybe are too afraid to ask their parents or are asking on the internet and not getting great answers for. You have questions ranging from where is my clitoris to really complicated questions about, you know, I have multiple sexual partners. And I'm not sure how this dynamic might work or that dynamic might work.

You have folks that are learning what the word masturbation is. And then, you have college-age young people like myself who have maybe already gotten into a relationship or have already had multiple sexual partners and are navigating what being safe means and what the rest of their adulthood will mean for them.

And so if I can bring the fun back into and say, I know that you have fun with your pleasure. You should be having fun with your pleasure. You know what? Why not go have that conversation about that new vibrator with your girlfriends or something? Let's have a conversation. And let's make that fun too. If you can empower young people at that age range to feel comfortable with themselves and with pleasure, you are basically gifting them a lifetime of feeling safe and comfortable with themselves and feeling empowered to have pleasure. And that's why I do the work that I do.