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What is Sex Positivity?

Embracing a brighter path of acceptance and freedom


The couple is sending a strong message that says No Homophobia, No Violence, No Racism, No Sexism, but Yes to Kindness, Yes to Peace, Yes to Equality, Yes to Love. If we think beyond physical appearance and sexuality, the earth will be a better place to live.


Have you ever felt hesitant when it comes to discussing sex and sexual orientation? Perhaps you've faced problems or felt unable to share your experiences with others. Do you find yourself judging peers who belong to the LGBTQ+ community? Have you ever made jokes about STIs or sexualities without realizing the impact of your words? And have you witnessed gender inequality and male dominance, yet failed to speak out against them? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, take solace in knowing that you're not alone. This condition results from a worldview that limits sex to physical intimacy. External influences, whether cultural or educational, may serve as catalysts for the spread of judgmental and rigid viewpoints on issues and feelings related to human sexuality. Many individuals find themselves stamped by sex negativity; a condition that stems from a limited worldview that restricts sex to mere physical intimacy. But there is a brighter path ahead that leads to Sex positivity.


What does it truly mean to be "sex positive"?


Imagine casually discussing your favourite cuisine or sports without any awkwardness. That's how sex positivity feels – an open and accepting mindset that supports the exploration of all aspects of human sexuality. It welcomes traditional and unorthodox sexual activities while rejecting repression and shame. As Marty Klein eloquently expressed, being sex positive means having a balanced perspective on sex that considers pleasure, desire, consent, and diversity. It means abstaining from stigmatizing or criticizing others for their sexuality and embracing the myriad ways individuals express and enjoy sex. Two concepts often get confused: being sexually active and embracing sex positivity.


Sexually active and sex positivity


It's important to note that while being sexually active is a personal choice and can be part of a sex-positive lifestyle, sex positivity goes beyond mere sexual activity. It encompasses a broader mindset that promotes inclusivity, acceptance, and the celebration of diverse sexual experiences and identities. Even individuals with a lack of sexual attraction or who engage in asexuality can be sex positive.


A journey from being sex-negative to becoming sex-positive.


Dr Shaziya Allarakha defines sex-negative as perceiving sex as negative or forbidden, solely for the purpose of reproduction. Let's embark on a journey from sex negativity to sex-positivity. To overcome this mindset, we need to take proactive steps:

  • Education: Promote comprehensive and inclusive sexual education to dispel myths, provide accurate information, and foster understanding.

  • Open dialogue: Encourage open conversations about sexuality to challenge misconceptions and foster acceptance.

  • Media representation: Advocate for diverse and positive representations of sexuality in the media.

  • Personal example: Embrace sex-positivity in your own life. Challenge stigmatizing beliefs, lead by example, and promote open-mindedness and acceptance.


Now, envision a world without gender differences. In this world, people are free from stigma and taboo. It's a vision of a future where individuals can live faithfully, express their desires, and establish meaningful connections without societal limitations.


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