Watch & Share our TEDx Talk: Cultivating a Culture of Consent

We had the honor of presenting a TEDx talk last October in New York City. The event was about "practicing change" and was focused on how our inner work can shape and improve the work we do in the world. We decided to talk about our path of healing from trauma into writing our book, Millennial Sex (Education). The video was just posted on TEDx's official youtube, so you can see it below! 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and we are grateful to have this opportunity to share a message of healing, love, & consent during this time. Please help us get this message to those who need it! We created shareable images and tweets to make it easier for you to spread the word (those are also included below).

here are some shareable images :)

here are some tweets you can use!

relevant hashtags: #cultivateconsent #millennialsexeducation #nastassjalea #timetospringup

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To end rape culture & anti-queerness, we have 2 start w/ the ways we internalized these beliefs #cultivateconsent

I am loved just because I exist, I don’t need to become anyone other than who I am to deserve love #cultivateconsent

Learning to love each other no matter what was the silver bullet to the shame we held from our trauma

Sex education should prepare people to develop healthy sexual & gender expression #millennialsexeducation

Sex Ed in the US has been motivated by goals of abstinence & heterosexuality - not wellness #millennialsexeducation

American sex ed has used shame & scare tactics to try to limit & control youth sexuality #millennialsexeducation

Demonizing queerness & presenting sex as dangerous leads to shame, victimblaming. This is the core of #rapeculture

We use storytelling to inspire sharing & authentic dialogue, dissolving the stigma & shame enabling rape culture.

Access to information we need to make choices about our bodies & futures is a human right #millennialsexeducation

When anyone’s story is erased, when ways of being are lost, we end entire worlds #nastassjalea #cultivateconsent

The stories erased from society are the missing link to understanding our collective challenges. #timetospringup

Practicing consent is choosing to see humanity in others, especially when challenged #cultivateconsent

A culture of consent is one of unconditional love, empathy, and listening to each other’s stories #cultivateconsent

Nastassja Reads "Consent" Monologue from Millennial Sex Education at SHEroes No Fly On The Wall

We had the amazing opportunity to read from Millennial Sex Education at a local black women's event in London. 

Nastassja Schmiedt, co-author of Millennial Sex Education and co-founder of Spring Up, reads a monologue about consent at the SHEroes event hosted by No Fly on the Wall in London on March 24, 2016. Millennial Sex Education is available for free download at www.timetospring.up/millennialsexeducation

Thanksgiving: A Story of Solidarity

"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." -Marcus Garvey

This Thanksgiving, with such horrible things happening to our First Nations siblings, I found a story that brings me hope, reminds us of our history of solidarity and fighting for liberation, the land, and what is right. This is the story of the first attempted European colony on contemporary US land. It's a surprising story about solidarity that places Black and Indigenous people at the root of what it means to be American.

Give thanks as a verb and support Standing Rock this Thanksgiving: