This essay is published as part of WYV Young Voices, a column highlighting upcoming writers under the age of 21. Upholding the male gaze in education encourages male students to view women as pleasure objects devoid of any personhood CW: The following
In acknowledging that our erotic language could be more expansive and continuing with this practice of language creation, we need new words. By Dalychia Saah There were so many words used to describe what I could expect for my first penetrative experience
The callout to Wild Flower is an example of what many Black sexuality professionals face in the field. And more, what Wild Flower Sex did was not accidental, or a one-time mistake. Content Note: This piece contains discussion of anti-Black violence,
Welcome to #AskCam, a column where sex and intersectionality are not divided but welcomed together.Dear Cam, I've always been a sexual person, but I haven't been dating in the last few months because of life – school, work, family, that kind of thing. Because of this, I've been unintentionally celibate for a few months, and sometimes I feel like something is wrong with me. Is celibacy still valid even when you don't plan for it or have a super deep meaning, like for religion, attached? -Accidentally Celibate Accidentally Celibate, Celibacy doesn't often get enough love in the sex education world, but sex positivity means empowering everyone to make the best choices for themselves by providing information on everything. And if other sexual acts can be pleasurable and valid, why can't celibacy? For those who are unfamiliar, celibacy has a variety of definitions, but it's best known for being interpreted as the abstaining from sexual activity. Google dictionary defines it as "the state of abstaining from marriage and sexual relations", but that seems very detached from how we regard other forms of sexual expression in our lives. Where sexual activity is often connected with other parts of our lives, celibacy is too often seen as separate, disconnected, and "less than". It's a looked down upon choice because the norm in our society is that everyone should want to and be able to have sex. That simply isn't true.
Sexuality is for everyone, because we all deserve to feel pleasure. It's long past time for sex education to make race part of the conversation. There are few times when I am not aware of my identity as I move through the