How to Navigate Sex, Sexting & Social Media Safely

How to Navigate Sex, Sexting & Social Media Safely

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Oronde Cruger and Catherine Buxton of Speak About It are back on the show to help you navigate sexting and social media safely and responsibly. If you haven’t checked out their episode on to have a healthy conversation about sex I recommend checking it out first here.

In this week’s episode, Oronde and Catherine of Speak About It want to demystify sexting and social media with some tips and tools for how to sext with consent. We're not going to tell you not to do it, instead we want to look at why we sext, share our own sexting stories, and figure out how we can sext in ways that are consensual, healthy, safe and fun. Because who doesn't love a steamy selfie or a peach emoji every once in a while. (The answer is not everyone does, so let's talk about it!)

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In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • What sexting is. The answer it kinda of depends on you and your boundaries.

  • Why sexting terrifies your parents. Spoiler alert, they want to keep you safe.

  • Pros & Cons of Sexting. They’ll share some reasons why you would and wouldn’t choose to sext.

  • When Sexting is a Crime. Depending on your age and/or location sexting might be illegal.

  • How can you sext responsibly. They will walk you through some steps you can take to explore sexting with affirmative consent.

  • What you can do if sexting goes wrong. They share some concrete things you can do to set boundaries and get help as a sender or receiver of sexts.

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More About Speak About It, Oronde Cruger and Catherine Buxom

Speak About It is a consent education and sexual assault prevention organization. Our performance-based programs provide young people with the tools to speak openly and honestly about sex, dating, and healthy sexuality. Based in Portland, Maine, we have brought our educational and empowering programs to over 350,000 college and high school students in 28 states, as well as to community centers, parent groups, restaurants and more. Learn more at or @wespeakaboutit across social media, or tune in to our podcast the Hot Goss-cast on iTunes!

Oronde Cruger is the program manager for Speak About It. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he has worked with Speak About It in some capacity since its founding and has worked in sex education, health, and higher education for almost a decade. He is also the co-founder of Heart of Hospitality, a bias and harassment prevention coalition for bars and restaurants in Maine.

Catherine Buxton is the communications manager for Speak About It. She built her passion for gender justice, violence prevention, and reproductive health with the Dutchess County Domestic Violence Services, Science Club for Girls, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. She is also an actor and performance artist, and loves that Speak About It combines both these passions.

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