[The Sexuality Blog]: Believe it or not, people like Joro serve a purpose

Agony Aunt. Joro Olumofin.

Two words you wouldnt expect to see side by side; and as much as it probably burns him to admit it, that is exactly what he is. Agony aunts have always existed, but the internet and anonymity has allowed the medium to thrive and just about anybody tack on a fancy title and start dishing out unresearched advice.

And while we might despise or (in my case) be indifferent to them, Agony Aunts like Joro and their often questionable questions serve a vital purpose in a conservative culture like Nigeria. They show us that our worldview is narrow and often limited by the psychological bubble of our environment, upbringing and societal privilege. In our secure relationships and living conditions we often fail to realise that there are people who are contemplating leaving their relationships because pornography has taught them vaginas are supposed to look a certain way and they are finding out the hard way that there are no hard and fast rules to vaginal aesthetics.

In the hands of someone who actually is articulate and bothers to do the necessary research, an agony aunt column can also become an invaluable resource for people with conditions and problems that they feel unable to publicly own or address. Many a victim of abuse has recognized the severity of their situation from an agony aunt column and sought help.

So the next time someone posts a screenshot from Make it or Break It, take a few seconds to skim through, it might be of help.

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