Sex-Positivity

Changing our attitudes and norms around sex and sexuality.

Sex and sexuality are fundamentally positive aspects of human experience. However, due to the influence of the Catholic Church and other conservative authorities, our society has been considering sex - especially sex that does fall within what was traditionally acceptable, ie: unprotected vaginal sex between a married man and woman of the same race - as something shameful and dirty. This attitude needs to change, and we all need to be more sex-positive. Being sex-positive means:

  • Considering sex as a healthy part of being human.

  • Viewing consensual sex as an important expression of personal sovereignty.

  • Being in favour of safe sex practices, including the use of modern contraceptives.

  • Being in favour of comprehensive sexuality education, including teaching consent and the use of modern contraceptives.

  • Being in favour of reproductive rights, including safe, legal abortion.

  • Making no moral or ethical distinction between heterosexual or homosexual sex.

  • Making no moral or ethical distinction between sex within or outside marriage.

  • Making no moral or ethical distinction between masturbation and sex between partners.

  • Making no moral or ethical distinction between different relationship styles, including interracial relationships.

  • Constantly challenging shame and shaming in relation to sex.

  • Promoting a culture of body-positivity, ie: the acceptance of all bodies, regardless of size, shape, skin tone, gender, or physical abilities.

Traditional attitudes at sex and sexuality that restrict sexual expression have been shown to be counter-productive, and countries with less progressive ideas on sex tend to have low rates of contraceptive use and high rates of abortion. Sex-positivity does not mean having lots of sex, but it means viewing consensual sex as positive and empowering people to enjoy sex safely.