FIF: Eileen Kelly
Sexiest sex ed teacher ever?
HI THERE. Welcome back to F**k It Friday - a weekly feature from MTV Breaks that’s all about saying a big “f**k yeah” to the most excellent people who’ve said “f**k it!” (probably) and taken a leap of faith to make big things happen.
Cos it’s not about just having ideas – it’s about working hard, seizing opportunity, believing in yourself, and 100% following them through!
So who’s next up in the FIF roll call of honour? Drumroll… it’s EILEEN KELLY!
Eileen is a 20-year-old social media sensation who’s giving thousands of young people the sex education they never had. Her brilliant blog and Tumblr account are 100% honest and real, and they cover pretty much every sex/ growing up question there is.
Her Instagram has 400,000 followers and, though she is sometimes criticized for posting racy selfies, she’s truly dedicated to giving peer-to-peer advice on sex and promoting body positivity. And she’s nailing it – she’s getting rid of misconceptions and opening up honest conversations between young people every day who have nowhere reliable to get their sex info. She’s so big she’s even got her own merchandise. AND she’s going to be working on a project with Planned Parenthood next year.
So what made Eileen decided to launch her career as a modern-day online sex educator?
Well, she watched her friends go through horrible experiences because her school didn’t cover anything useful in sex ed. “I saw how detrimental it was to people around me. A ton of my friends got abortions in high school and a lot of stuff went down that could’ve been avoided.” Eileen also grew up with only a father for support, so found starting puberty hugely difficult.
So what did Eileen do? She said “f**k it!” (probably) and decided that her social media presence could be used to help other girls who never got the information they needed growing up. She provided a safe space for young people to ask questions and get advice away from shame and judgement, where they can not only ask about sex but about any worries they have in their lives growing up in a digital age.
Everyone working for Eileen is fully sex-ed trained, but she is SO much more interesting, fun and relatable than any sex ed teacher you could possibly image. She created a storm, all because she used her initiative and decided to do something to make a difference to the lives of young people – so they didn’t struggle like she and her friends did.
Eileen – you are true “f**k it” royalty. We love you.
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!