How media affects our understanding of intimacy
5 Sep 2018
How media affects our understanding of intimacy

People are under pressure to be their ‘best selves’ and this applies to sex too. But what does modern sex advice look like? And how can it be more inclusive? Canvas8 sat down with sex therapist Meg-John Barker to understand how media influences our understanding of intimacy and relationships.

Meg-John Barker

Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender and relationships, including ‘Mediated Intimacy: Sex Advice in Media Culture’, ‘Queer: A Graphic History’, ‘How To Understand Your Gender’, ‘Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To)’, ‘Rewriting the Rules’, ‘The Psychology of Sex’, and ‘The Secrets of Enduring Love’. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is the Head of Toolkit at Canvas8. With a background in psychology, she has worked with global clients such as Google, Nike, and Mars, exploring everything from what people want from a fake tan to Gen Z’s relationship with social media. Outside of work, you’ll find her binge-watching reality TV, listening to hyperpop, or with her nose buried in a fantasy novel.