Thanks to poor educational standards, an uncommunicative family, and a fairly sheltered adolescence, being the newbie at Hot Movies started out…shall we say…awkward. Luckily, my obsession with social media came to my rescue: amongst my research for interesting sex and porn news, I stumbled across something that has quite literally changed my life. From being close-minded about discussing either topic and thoroughly inhibited, I have embraced sexual freedom and open expression of personal desires; the ideology of sex positivity has had a profound impact upon me.
Please do not take this as a conversion attempt. I simply think it is important to share the following information because sexual repression is a bitch.
The following are the significant concepts* as they are the antitheses of Western culture’s dominant philosophies:
- Sexuality is a potentially positive force in life
- Sexual expression is good and healthy
- Acceptance of any and all sexual orientations
- No moral or ethical distinctions for personal sexual preferences
- Comprehensive and accurate sex education
*All fundamentally based on consent.
“Being sex positive is all about embracing that sexuality is a very important part of who you are, irrespective of your age and irrespective of the social construct. It means maintaining a healthy attitude towards sex — or lack thereof — and valuing it given your individual needs.” -Dr. Michael Krychman, sexual counselor and sexual-medicine gynecologist
I’ve come to understand this as a personally adaptable attitude, which translates to my takeaway as: whatever makes you feel good, you should be comfortable with and be able to discuss. Somewhat of a warning: there’s little information of the movement outside of its feminist sect and basic history. However, for those interested I recommend the following for an initial introduction: Sex Positive Movement and What Does Sex Positive Mean, combating the ideas of antisexualism/sex-negativity. (Yes, these include Wikipedia articles, but check out the References before dismissing them.)
Finally, I think it is crucial to assess this movement given the current cultural attitudes towards sex and porn, as well as their associated industries. My twitter has some infuriating illustrations of sexual shaming—like a guy that died from a sex toy because he was afraid to get it removed after it got stuck, or how women are labeled as hypersexual and criticized for watching porn.