Our #10 most popular (ever) SPS definition!
“Sex positivity argues that an approach towards issues of sexuality and gender should be framed as healthy and enjoyable facets of one’s life. Sadly, this term is used to distinguish from the often sex-negative attitude of the social world we inhabit. A sex-positive philosophy is concerned primarily with consent, health and pleasure. It serves to maximize individual freedom and autonomy, and is a tool that can be used against discrimination and inequality. It rejects the latent powers of a sex-negative culture, which strives to repress and regulate the expression of sexuality and gender, sexual activities and preferences through oppressive means of shame, fear and ignorance. In contrast, ownership over one’s desires and identity, and respect for those of others is central to a sex-positive outlook, and leaves open an infinite number of ways for one to better understand themselves and others, and specifically the huge part that sexuality has to play in all areas of our lives.”
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