Let’s talk about sex...with cancer, baby
This is a free online performance /training course, designed to help you become better at having difficult discussions in a positive and affirming way.
Artist and former cancer patient Brian Lobel will take you through the steps needed to gain your Certificate in Sex with Cancer Conversation Competency. The online experience will be followed by a discussion with Brian and experts in sex, sexual health and cancer care.
This event will be live-captioned.
About Sex with Cancer
What if cancer patients got together to design their own sex shop?
Part research project, part performance, part business start-up, Sex with Cancer aims to hold a public conversation about illness and intimacy. The team are building a resource people living with and beyond cancer can access information, practical solutions and products without shame, and with an eye to pleasure, fun and connection.
Meet the Sex with Cancer Team
Brian Lobel has been working in cancer care and patient advocacy since 2003 after a diagnosis of testicular cancer when he was 20 years old. Now he performs and writes both creatively and academically on the subject of cancer. Joon Lynn Goh is a cultural organiser who works with migrant movements, popular education and solidarity economies. She was treated for breast cancer in 2018.
Brian Lobel: “I met Joon Lynn when she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer at St Barts Hospital in London in 2018. We would often meet up, and developed a friendship, rooted in care and our shared experiences of cancer. Conversations we had often grew into exploring the provocation and we’d ask ourselves ‘What would a resource and sex shop run by cancer patients and their admirers look like?’
“We knew first-hand that people with cancer diagnosis are often shy or embarrassed to talk about sex with their medical teams, but also that many doctors and nurses lack confidence talking about sex and sexuality with their patients. Another thing we really noticed was that the information that was out there was largely medical jargon and warnings, none of which is sexy. So we knew we had to do something, this is where Sex with Cancer was born.”
Joon Lynn Goh: “With such huge gaps in services and knowledge surrounding cancer and sexual health, available currently, Brian, I and our Steering Group, in partnership with Sh!, art venues, and with support from Arts Council England, have launched Sex with Cancer. Inspired by histories of marginalised communities who have fought for agency over their own bodies and wellbeing, we are building towards a community enterprise that is a safe space to find creative solutions to the problems caused by cancer. And in the context of Covid-19, we think this exploration of intimacy and illness is part of a much bigger shift in our collective understanding of wellbeing.
Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Contact, and Wunderbar. In partnership with Sh! Supported by Arts Council England.