Hannah Witton is a YouTube creator, podcaster and author with a following of 600,000+ across social media. She is regarded as one of the UK’s leading voices on a range of topics, including: sex, relationships, body image and disability.
What was the first video you filmed?
I filmed myself trying to cook spaghetti bolognese! I really wanted to start making videos but I didn’t know what to talk about and I didn’t like the idea of just talking at a camera. I also wanted to learn how to cook because I was going to university soon so I thought I could just combine the two.
Why do you feel sex education on YouTube is important?
Millions of young people are already on YouTube on a daily basis. It’s about meeting people where they’re at and starting potentially difficult or taboo conversations in an environment that feels familiar, safe and accessible.
How can social media be used to talk about taboo topics?
There’s two main ways that I’ve seen it used and use it myself. One is to just blast as much awareness on a topic as possible because social media is a great place to shout, be seen and reach many people. The other, and equally important way to use it, is for building communities. Creating networks of people who care about the same things, or are marginalised in similar ways, and giving them space to connect and find support.
What do you find most difficult about being a content creator?
To be honest, I think it’s the hamster wheel mentality that creating content for the internet gives you. It really sucks you in and it feels like you’re never allowed to take a break.
Which video has had the best reaction from your audience?
I don’t know about ‘best’, but one that went down really well was my Sex Survey Results video. I asked a bunch of questions in polls on my Instagram stories such as “have you ever used a sex toy?” or “are you married?” and then I shared the results in a video. I think it had a great reaction because people were anticipating the video (after doing the poll), it was a cool way to involve my community in the content creation process!
What are you most looking forward to about BorderlessLive?
I’m most looking forward to connecting with creators – people I haven’t seen in a while and also new people.
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