The (AB)C’s of Safe Sex
Contraception & Condoms
Comprehensive Sex Ed
Changing the Culture
Gender roles are behavioral expectations assigned to us based on our relation to the gender binary. However, gender is a social construct (and not a binary), and it is exceedingly rare that anyone fits perfectly into the societal expectations of their (perceived) gender.
Gender has a complicated and close relationship with sexual expression, identity, and behavior, and sex positivity requires us to reflect on the gender norms we ascribe to ourselves and others. Critically examining our beliefs about gender can help us better understand our own identities and behaviors, and allow us to more accurately determine what behaviors and expressions make us happy—which is extremely sex-positive!
One element of sex positivity is the practice of loving yourself holistically: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This often includes body positivity, which is about celebrating your body’s unique attributes rather than society’s expectations of your body’s appearance and ability. These expectations are pervasive and contribute to ableism, anti-fat bias, racism, transphobia, and misogyny, as well as individual feelings of shame, worthlessness, and a variety of mental health afflictions. Young people are often impacted most negatively: it is estimated that 95% of people suffering from an eating disorder are between the ages of 12-25. Marginalized groups are more vulnerable to developing eating disorders, but are less likely to be diagnosed and treated.