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Russian schools do not offer formal sex education. However, this vacuum has been filled by popular bloggers taking on the role of sex gurus for teens and adults. You should also check them out if you want to spice up your Russian vocabulary.
1. Nezhny redaktor (‘Tender Editor’) (933,000 YouTube subscribers)
Perhaps the most popular sex education show in Russia is hosted by Tatiana Mingalimova, a 25-year-old graduate of the Ostankino Moscow Institute of Television and Radio Broadcasting.
In 2016 Tatiana worked as the editor of ‘vDud’, a popular interview podcast on YouTube, and a year later she started her own show called ‘Nezhny redaktor’. It also consists of interviews, mostly with famous Russian women.
In May 2019, Tatiana updated the format and began posting conversations with her friends, in which sex and relationships were a high priority. In a series of cozy chats, the women discuss common myths about first sexual experiences and mistakes of partners. A separate episode deals with STDs and contraception. In addition, Tatiana talks about the culture of sex parties in Russia and once made a documentary about drag queens (available with English subtitles).
2. Masha, Davai! (‘Mascha, come on!’) (691,000 followers on Instagram)
At first glance, the Instagram account of journalist Maria Arzamasova looks like an ordinary travel blog: a beautifully dressed, charismatic woman who smiles in front of the breathtaking backdrops of Kenya, Turkey, France and other countries. You’ll like it right away if – bam (and hum) – a vibrator suddenly appears in one of the pictures, then in another. Followed by an honest photo of Maria in her underwear holding a pair of love eggs.
Under a completely innocent photo, this popular blogger could tell a detailed story about first menstruation, about giving up sex for six months, about body positivity, or under a photo in transparent underwear or a swimsuit, a review of the book ‘Atlas Shrugged’ or Impressions from a trip abroad.
In this mixed format, Maria teaches how to properly select and use sex toys, debunk the most important myths about frigidity, and in almost every post urges people to love their bodies and not be afraid of wrinkles and fine lines during sex and in everyday life.
3. Malchishnik (‘Bachelorette Party’) (63.4,000 subscribers on YouTube)
A man with a hairy chest, wearing a necklace and leopard dress, is standing by a wall. We do not see his face in its entirety, only the mouth, the neck and the upper body.
“Here we swear and talk about sensitive topics. Even so, we don’t want to offend anyone and we want to respect each of you very much. We are believers and easy to offend. So be polite in the comments, ”begins the disclaimer of the only male show about sex on the Russian YouTube segment.
Immediately thereafter, the viewer receives a series of clips of warts-and-all conversations about backs, breasts, and male members. The format is similar to that of Nezhny Redaktor: Five men interview “Sexperts” about their professional activities. Her guests so far have included a professional, a porn actor, a BDSM lover, a sex party organizer and a drag queen. The show also touches on serious issues such as feminism, homosexuality in the armed forces, and sexual health.
4. Maria Chesnokova (74,1,000 followers on Instagram)
“Are you asleep? Fancy talking about fetishes? I’m bored of everything to do with food and children. <...> Recently I was overloaded with sexual energy and don’t know how to let it go. I think by going to a sex shop or working, ”Maria Chesnokova, then simply a mother, started her little blog about sex in 2017.
In her posts, Maria talks about sex toys, answers readers’ questions about orgasms and their lack, talks about polyamorous relationships and sex education for children.
Often Maria shares her experience of attending sex parties in Russia and other countries, as well as organizing her own event in Moscow called “Despite Mother”.
5. KamIn (875,000 subscribers on Youtube)
This channel, hosted by the pretty woman Asya, is a real encyclopedia for anyone who has recently started or is about to have sex. Sometimes with friends, sometimes in 10-fact format, Asya talks about contraception, the structure of the female and male body, youthful relationships, and how to avoid mistakes during first foreplay and sex.
Asya dedicated her Instagram account in 2020 and started her own platform called “Sex Education in 5 Minutes”, where she gives daily tips on how to support your partner, talks about open relationships and addresses the issues of abuse and lack of sex.
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