Sexuality in Color: Euphoria | Scarleteen
If someone had told me when I was younger than Chanté, in his thirties, would watch teen TV dramas in 2019, I surely would have been surprised. But I also wouldn't have predicted that there would be something to watch like Euphoria, HBO new teen drama released just in time for summer. The first thing […]

If someone had told me when I was younger than Chanté, in his thirties, would watch teen TV dramas in 2019, I surely would have been surprised. But I also wouldn't have predicted that there would be something to watch like Euphoria, HBO new teen drama released just in time for summer.

The first thing that struck me was the main character, Rue, played by the one and only Zendaya: she reminded me of myself and some of my friends that I grew up with in Iowa. The list of our similarities is longer than our differences. Like me, Rue is a cisgender, biracial girl raised in a single parent family in the middle of the white suburbs. She is also the oldest daughter and a protective big sister with a little chip on her shoulder. Rue's independent spirit and strong nature reminds me most of myself. I relate to her slight distrust, especially as someone who was also an independent thinker who often resisted the popular views of my high school peers.

Our subtle differences (like his father being away because of his death, while mine was unable to care for us because of his own substance abuse) didn't really bother me about Rue's story and those of the rest of the cast. In fact, there were many sub-narratives that seemed very familiar to me and made me keep watching.

I was excited to see what would happen as Rue further shared her tale of a mixed girl.

I know how important it is for dark and black young people to see characters who are like them, and I know how I I longed for someone who looked like me and had a not-so-perfect family life to tell the rest of the world what it can really be like to be a biracial teenager. When I was seventeen, I wanted raw honesty about what it meant to grow up in a place where children were isolated but also privileged. I also secretly hoped that someone would be brave enough to share what it meant to be a little unruly, and how easy it was to be drawn to drugs, alcohol, house parties and more. sex.

At the end of the day, I just remember wanting an alternative to the whitewashed stories that were constantly rerun on TV. I grew up in a time when shows like "My So-Called Life", "Saved By The Bell", "Dawson's Creek" and "The Real World" were constantly playing in the background. None of these shows really represented what was really going on in my life. I dismissed them and didn't really take them seriously.

I recently came across this article - Euphoria and the age of the black girl - by Zeba Blay: she shared feelings about Euphoria that really resonated with me:

The dearth of coming of age stories about black girls is strongly linked to the fact that so often black girls don't even have the opportunity to be girls. They are often hyper-sexualized from a young age and if they take the initiative to intentionally explore their sexuality, they are considered “quick”. Unlike white teens, black girls rarely get the chance to mess up, to make mistakes, to grow up. Rue is a game-changer in that sense because she's, by her own admission, the fucking ultimate. Since the story is told from her perspective, we are placed in a position where we can empathize with her.

Rue directs the narrative, indeed. But it's also strong that Rue's story isn't just the main story - the lives of other characters are in her control as well. This narrative approach further reinforces its importance, its necessity, its voice.

That largely sums up the reasons I am so excited about the potential of this series. we finally have access to a more honest first-person story led by someone who doesn't have blue eyes and blonde hair and isn't growing up in a perfect home nestled in a gated community. While some viewers may not relate to Rue ethnically or racially, there is a good chance that many viewers will relate to the realities of growing up in a single parent family or being a teenager (or having a friend) struggling to overcome addiction.

Each episode is filled with typical coming-of-age themes: gender, genre, high school drama and gossip, relationships, drug experimentation, beauty standards, conflict with parents, etc. But even these familiar themes don't seem so predictable in this context. Euphoria's cruelty and intersectionality seem to have the potential to relate to a wider range of adolescents and young adults. Coupled with the rich stories presented to us in this first season, there are plenty of opportunities for this series to expose the true diversity of the characters and explore even very traditional themes in a very non-traditional way.

I believe honest storytelling spawns honest conversations among young people, which is what we need whenever we talk about fundamental parts of our identity. I think they also allow us to feel more empathy and compassion with our own intersectionalities. and most important, with those of others, which are generally more difficult to understand.

Hats off to the writers, producers, directors and actors who have done a great job so far to show it to us. is possible to capture the tenderness of adolescence while remaining honest and leaving room for its characters to explore, experiment and evolve. I didn't think it was possible to bring me back to teenage drama, but Euphoria has proven otherwise. I am totally a fangirl and I am very I ampatiently awaits season two!


Sexual health is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of individuals, couples and families, and to the social and economic development of communities and countries. Sexual health, when viewed affirmatively, requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. The ability of men and women to achieve sexual health and well-being depends on their :

Sexual health-related issues are wide-ranging, and encompass sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual expression, relationships, and pleasure. They also include negative consequences or conditions such as : infections with human immunodeficiency malware ( HIV ), sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) and reproductive tract infections ( RTIs ) and their adverse outcomes ( such as cancer and infertility ) ;unintended pregnancy and abortion;sexual dysfunction;sexual violence; andharmful practices ( such as female genital mutilation, FGM ).

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Options for Sexual Health champions and celebrates sexual health including an individual’s freedom of sexual expression, the diversity of human sexuality, and a positive sexual self-image for individuals throughout life. Think about what factors influence your sexual health ? What messages have you been given about sexual health from… ( if applicable ) ….. your family ? friends ? society ? culture ? religion ? spirituality ? What are some of your own values and beliefs ?

How we experience our sexual health is also part of how we experience the world. For example, there are many factors that health researchers have identified that can effet our health including sexual health. These are known as the ‘social determinants of health’ and include how health is affected by income, education, employment, childhood development, food, housing, health services, gender, race, disability, Indigenous status, social marginalization, and social services. If someone’s gender identity/identities are not recognized this can impact their sexual health and experiences of social marginalization. Another example is if someone is a newcomer to Canada and may not speak the language or have the health care card that will allow them to access the sexual health services they need. As you can see, our sexual health is as individual and complicated as the various dynamics of our lives. Human sexuality rarely falls into neat categories or lends itself to simple labeling, but rather is a rich and complex area of human experience. Sexual health is personal, psychological, relational, cultural, spiritual, physical, and emotional. So what does “sexual health” mean to you ?

This supplemental venant of Public Health Reports ( PHR ) presents a variety of articles addressing the méthode and practical applications of sexual health, an important health réduction concept with the potential for improving population health in a broad range of areas related to sexual behavior, including human immunodeficiency malware ( HIV ) /acquired immunodeficiency syndrome ( AIDS ), sexually transmitted diseases ( STDs ), viral hepatitis, teen and unintended pregnancy, and sexual violence. The focus of these articles is especially timely given the population burden of these conditions in the United States and other nations, and the growing recognition that, despite the sensitive nature of the topic, addressing the broad construct of sexual health can enhance the national dialogue in this area and increase the effectiveness of public health programs

The concept of sexual health has evolved since its principal articulation by the World Health Organization ( WHO ) in 1975, 5 but it has generally emphasized well-being across a range of life domains ( e. g., physical, mental, and emotional ) rather than simply the absence of disease or other adverse outcomes. 6 The definition of sexual health currently in most widespread use is that developed by WHO in 2002 :

Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence

Sexual health is a state of well-being in relation to sexuality across the life span that involves physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions. Sexual health is an intrinsic element of human health and is based on a positive, equitable, and respectful approach to sexuality, relationships, and duplication, that is free of coercion, fear, discrimination, stigma, shame, and violence. It includes : the ability to understand the benefits, risks, and responsibilities of sexual behavior; the prevention and care of disease and other adverse outcomes; and the possibility of fulfilling sexual relationships. Sexual health is impacted by socioeconomic and cultural contexts—including policies, practices, and services—that support healthy outcomes for individuals, families, and their communities.

Similar to the WHO definition, this newer definition is health-focused, emphasizing well-being related to sexuality that is beyond the absence of specific health problems, in multiple dimensions of life, as well as positive and respectful approaches to sexuality and relationships. Moving beyond the WHO definition, the CHAC definition also specifically emphasizes attributes of sexual health at both the individual level ( e. g., individual understanding of benefits, risks and responsibilities, and prevention and care of health outcomes ) and the social level ( e. g., effet by socioeconomic and cultural contexts and saine outcomes for families and communities as well as individuals ).

In the past decade, there has been increasing attention to the importance of addressing the concept of sexual health, 1–4 with the premise that offre de promotion of sexual health has great potential to complement traditional disease control and prevention exercices for a range of conditions of public health importance—not with the intent of replacing those exercices, but rather of improving their acceptance and, thus, the impact of those prevention efforts on the population. It is from this perspective that this supplemental venant of PHR has been developed, with the purpose of bringing together a range of articles addressing new insights into research, surveillance, program practice, and broader possibilités that can influence our understanding and progress on the broad topic of sexual health. It should be noted that “sexual health” is a concept undergoing evolution, not only in its definition, but also in its practical application. The term generally includes a focus on health and wellness rather than disease, an appreciation for the intrinsic importance of sexual health as part of overall health, and an attempt to address comprehensively a range of outcomes of public health importance; however, some of the articles in this supplement address a relatively narrower focus ( e. g., STD and pregnancy prevention9–11 ), while others include a broader spectrum. 12–17 Such variety is a necessary and important aspect of the uptake of the sexual health concept into the science and practice of public health.

Four articles address important research questions in key areas relevant to sexual health. First, Penman-Aguilar and colleagues conducted a detailed literature review to assess the impact of socioeconomic disadvantage on teen childbearing. 9 While the factors evaluated varied by study, the authors discovered a consistent theme across the review, with all studies that considered socioeconomic factors as determinants finding a significant association with teen birth rates, including factors at the family level ( e. g., lower levels of responsable d'un enfant education and family income ) and the community level ( e. g., lower per capita income and higher rates of unemployment and racial segregation ). The review found that relatively few studies assessed factors at both the family and community levels, an important priority for future research.

Second, using nationally representative data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth and the U. S Census Bureau, Biello et al. conducted an in-depth analysis of the effet of various dimensions of residential racial segregation on the risk for early initiation of intercourse—an important risk factor for STD and teen pregnancy—among black and white adolescents. 17 The finding that black youth were more likely than their white peers to have initiated sexual intercourse in adolescence was significantly modified by several measures of segregation ( e. g., concentration and unevenness ) with a particularly notable black-white disparity in highly segregated areas. While preliminary, these findings contribute to our growing understanding of the complex interplay between social determinants and individual sexual health outcomes and should stimulate further research in this area.

Third, to understand the union of relationship characteristics and attitudes about STD and pregnancy outcomes with the use of dual protection strategies ( i. e., both highly effective contraception and condoms ), Crittenden Murray and colleagues conducted formative research among young African American women attending reproductive health clinics. 10 The study found a tension from trying to balance the desire to establish and maintain intimate relationships with the use of protection strategies ( e. g., condom use could be seen as a sign of mistrust ). The authors conclude that a more holistic approach, with a focus on healthy adolescent and young adult relationships, is important in prestations to prevent STD and unintended pregnancy, an provenant that can be especially important in environments where trust is often violated ( e. g., due to frequent concurrent partnerships ) and childbearing at younger ages is accepted.

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