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Clear, unapologetic education:

bringing sexual health to the Midwest.

Barrier Babes

There has never been sufficient funding for sexual education. 

Right and left we are seeing drastic cuts to these already small budgets, and even though it’s been deemed as ineffective, abstinence-only is still the main method taught in school. If this is the only exposure, kids are likely to grow into adults that don't know how to accurately protect themselves. Not to mention that the culture around condom use becomes stigmatized, even though they are our safest defense against unwanted pregnancy AND sexually transmitted diseases. 

 

Here at Barrier Babes, we aim to provide “bundles” in local bar bathrooms across the city where condoms are needed the most. These bundles include not only protection, but also education along with it (i.e. how to use a condom, how to turn a condom into a dental dam, what consent is, and hotlines, just to list a few things).

 

We also want to be the one stop shop when it comes to sexual health resources and events in the area—our website will become an online database to find anything you were wondering about. We aim to work with the community to bring a safe and inclusive environment, where even the most embarrassing questions are comfortably asked. Please submit us an article about something YOU want to share!

 

Our hope is that by providing crucial sex education and protection, we can tackle rising STI rates and the stigma around sex. Our mission is to change the sexual health landscape of Kansas City for the better.

Meet the Ladies

behind the scenes

Madison Womack

Co-Founder, CEO

Madison Womack is the Co-Founder of Barrier Babes, and is based out of Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in St. Louis, where she learned of her passion for healthcare and equality within it. After finishing high school, she headed for the Sunflower State. Four years later, she received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Kansas, with a degree in Community Health and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her favorite course, Human Sexuality, became a personal guide for her work to come. Post-graduation, she reflected on her own sex ed from middle and high school, which was a district-wide policy of "abstinence only" education. After exploring a few nonprofit organizations, Madison realized a lack of comprehensive education, specifically when it came to sexual health. Today, through an intersectional lens, Madison strives to find spaces to not only include education, but to require it. She hopes to change the language around sexual health education for the better. 

Hannah Kaplan was born and raised in Evanston, IL where she was taught from a young age that all voices deserve to be heard—no matter your sexual orientation, your class, your gender, your race, or your politics. Growing up, she spent many summers and evenings involved in social justice organizations across Chicago and in Portland, OR. During this stage of her life, Hannah also developed a passion for the arts. In the spring of 2018, she received her BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute, where she focused on print processes, as well as fiber arts, ceramics, painting, and illustrative crafts. It was through her undergrad experience and previous social justice work that she came to realize that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others. Her future goals include pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work, leading to a job as an art therapist.

Hannah Kaplan

Creative Director