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YouTube stars Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers -- aka BriaAndChrissy -- are back in a big way.
The duo behind "Lesbians Touch A Penis For The First Time" have released their latest video, entitled "Gay Men Touch Vagina For The First Time." The self-described "singing duo/lesbian couple" found several self-identified gay men to participate in an intimate experience with Stevie Boebi, "a woman who happens to have a vagina."
Due to the controversial nature of -- and some responses to -- "Lesbians Touch A Penis For The First Time," BriaAndChrissy emphasized to The Huffington Post in an email that this new clip deals with important issues of consent, safety, anatomy and more.
While "Gay Men Touch Vagina For The First Time" starts out with what could be labeled as stereotypical -- and some might argue offensive -- reactions from some of the men involved, by the end it seems that all of the participants learned something -- and there appears to be more learning ahead. "I am so so so honored to be a part of this video," Boebi writes in the clip's comments section on YouTube. "I've received so many questions so I'm going to make a Q&A video answering them."
We had some of our own questions for BriaAndChrissy, so we chatted with them about the video, what they wanted viewers to take away from it, their response to the controversy over "Lesbians Touch A Penis For The First Time" and more.
The Huffington Post: Why did we want to make this video?
BriaAndChrissy: Making this video has been something we have wanted to do for a while. We wanted to bring awareness to how little we know we as a people know about our own bodies. Sexual taboo has made pornography one of the only ways to learn about anatomy and sexuality and that is not a place to learn those things. Simple things like our bodies should not be so mysterious and off limits, nor should they just be sexualized.
What do you say to men (or women) -- gay or not -- who say that vulvas and/or vaginas are "gross" or "disgusting"?
We would say, 'why?' Is it because they are afraid or they have a misconception about vaginas? Genitalia is not something to be afraid of or grossed out by, nor should it be glossed over or hidden in education. As the video shows, the gay men in the video haven't seen a vagina and while they might of been grossed out before, upon seeing it, they see that it's just a body part, one that gives life and doesn't have to be sexualized. Two of them come to the realization that it was beautiful. Every body part is different and should be celebrated, not feared. That was one of our favorite takeaways from this video.
The video is humorous but has some important topics embedded within it too, including conversations around consent, safety, who has a vulva/vagina and more. Talk a bit about those topics and tell us what you ideally want viewers to take away from this video.
Culturally, vaginas have been oversexualized, objectified and exploited, often without regard to the women possessing them. We thought it was important to show that a video could be made without any of those things happening and one where the consent was clear and message was educational and thought-provoking. The men used in this video are respectful and kind, asking permission before touching and making sure Stevie is always comfortable and in control of the situation. This conversation of consent needs to be talked about. We live in a culture where consent is abused, for some it's considered optional when it should always be mandatory. The video also addresses that not all women have a vagina just as not all men have a penis. This was a point we wanted to make and one we felt was important for the trans community.
A previous video you made,"Lesbians Touch A Penis For The First Time," went viral, but not without some controversy. Some claimed that the video was transphobic, since some lesbians have penises and have touched penises before and they claimed that your video implied that all lesbians haven't -- and wouldn't want to -- touch a penis. What's your response to that?
This video highlighted three individual experiences of women who had never touched a penis or even been that close to one. Their reactions are genuine and in the moment and all their own. Our video was about lesbians who have never touched a penis before, not about lesbians who have touched a penis before or lesbians who have a penis. We weren't implying that all lesbians wouldn't want to touch a penis or ignoring that some lesbians have penises, we were simply highlighting three women's individual experiences touching a penis for the first time, that's it. The video shows how much stock we do put in genitalia as a culture in relation to gender, and honestly we're glad that issue is raised. We should have an understanding, safe and open dialogue about our own bodies and it is through videos like this that those discussions can take place.
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