‘Sex positivity at its core is simply the recognition that there is more than one “right” way to have sexual relationships. It is an acknowledgement that human sexuality is incredibly diverse, that different people have different tastes and relate to sexuality in different ways, and that as long as everyone is having sex with consenting adult partners, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with sex, regardless of the way people relate to it. In short, it’s a deliberate refusal to place one’s own sexuality on a pedestal and proclaim it the “right” way to have sex.’



“Sex and sexuality lie at the heart of everything we are and everything we do. This fact cannot be overstated. Society’s conflicted attitude toward sex — we all enjoy it but we don’t talk about it — means that sex is defaulted in the public consciousness to an act, a thing we do. But sex is personality. Who we are sexually informs everything to do with how we feel about ourselves and how we feel about others; it informs our relationships, our lives, our happiness. No other area of human existence is hedged around with so much shame, embarrassment, guilt and self-torment. […] This is important because in a broader context the failure to openly discuss, address, solve for and improve sexual issues lies at the root of many social ills. From sex trafficking, sexual abuse, rape, sexual violence, intolerance of alternative sexualities, through sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, to unhappy marriages and relationship breakdowns — all can be positively impacted through initiatives designed to change the way we think about and behave around sex.”

Cindy Gallop