You Need Help: Here Is A Worksheet To Help You Talk To Partners About Sex

Worksheet content by Austen and Azul , graphic design by Geneva.

We answer sex questions on this here website. And let me tell you, as a person who sometimes answers them, the number one piece of advice I give out is to open your mouth. And not in, like, a sexual way. What I mean by that is you have to talk to your sex partner or partners about the same issue you just talked to me about. And that can be scary, especially if you’re not clear on what exactly it is you want out of sex or a relationship. If you’re not clear about it in your head, it can be harder to verbalize things.

So that’s why at A-Camp 2014, we did an entire workshop on how to talk about sex with your partner. Now it’s certainly something we’ve covered before, but we’re also interested in helping you clarify what exactly you want to talk about. Not just the act of having the conversation, but the content of it too. Do you want to be doing different things in bed? Do you really want to tell your partner about a fantasy you’ve been having? Do you want to test drive some new language to refer to genitalia? Gender? Where exactly do you and your partner(s) intersect?

We made you this worksheet, the three of us. It’s full of suggestions, helpful things to think about, creative ways of looking at things we want in the sack. We hope you like it and we encourage you to deface it. If you want to talk about something you don’t see on here, well then add it. Draw all over it. Download it, print it out and go bananas.

And please, do talk to your partners if there’s something you want to change about your sex life. Also talk to your partners if they’re doing everything right (believe me, everyone wants to know they’re fabulous).

Here are some previews of what the worksheet looks like:

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And here’s a downloadable PDF, just for you.

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

A.E. has written 545 articles for us.

37 Comments

  1. “…the number one piece of advice I give out is to open your mouth.”

    Woohoo!

    “And not in, like, a sexual way. ”

    Awww. Maybe I should have read that point in its entirety first.

    All seriousness aside, I really like this. It’s also food for thought (literally, if you’re into that) about other potential new things you can try in bed with your partner(s), if you haven’t already.

    Me, I might all data for this into a spreadsheet. That makes it super-easy to quickly organize!

  2. I asked my Roomate to print me out a list like this once, I sent him the link in an email and he didn’t even read it, just printed it for me. At his job. I’m, uh, told his co-workers had an informative discussion that day.

  3. My wife and I are still doing the first page, we’ve been answering questions etc while doing face time so it’s also fun to see her reactions live. LOL. I’m sure it’s the same for her. You guys were awesome at camp!!! ♥

  4. All kinds of… Awesome, but also, man, can we make this interactive? :) I think that might be the plot of a new lesbian erotica short story: Two friends get together to fill out some forms…. But they’re not your average form…. They’re consent forms!

  5. Thanks so much for this resource! Do you have any versions that don’t use cursing? I would love to use the original version with my youth, but can’t because of organizational policy on cursing. Sadface.

  6. I absolutely love this! I noticed that on the “What I’m gonna think” page, the bubbles say “like to image” where I would expect “like to imagine” instead. I’m not sure if it’s a typo or just a use of the word I’m unfamiliar with, but thought I’d point it out.

    Thanks for providing this resource! Super rad and helpful.

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