Make It Normal is a campaign designed as a part of Shhh!Sex, our system design project. It aims at increasing discussion about sex and sexuality and shedding light on the dimly lit scenario of sexuality education. We came up with a number of solutions and parts of this campaign. A few of them are listed below.
We devised a workshop called ‘Make It Normal’ for school students of class 8 and 11 separately, with the objective of starting a conversation about sex and sexuality. We had a lot of fun interacting with the students, finding out what all they know about sex and sexuality and see them slowly come out of their shells. There was stark difference in the students’ behaviour between the start of the workshop and its end. From shying away from even saying the word ‘sex’ out loud to asking questions about it without inhibition in a matter of one and a half hours told us that they were eager to know more; that they believed in the benefits of sex and sexuality education. The most satisfying bit for us, was sensing that the students had started trusting us.
Post the workshop, we iterated the toolkit according to the feedback we received and devised a number of games for catalysing sex education in schools and other teaching scenarios. This black box contains all the games, instructions and can also be used as an anonymous question box. The box also contains an instruction booklet to guide the giver of information on the how to conduct the workshop and play the various games. The back of all the cards are left blank to customise each game according the socio-economic group the workshop would be conducted for. As the giver best knows the what works for her/his group of receivers!