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This year, we collaborated with Instagram illustrator Pink Bits to bring monthly doses of sex positive art to our feed. From fantasies to periods, anal and equality; we covered a lot in 12 months. However, before we take a look back...
When it comes to a sex-positive approach, many terms come to mind;
Recognizing sexuality in ourselves and in others; owning it and being non-prejudice of others; seeing the pleasure potential and understanding its contribution to wellness; this is sex positivity. An attitude that encourages warm invitations for people to discuss sex out in the open and see sex lexicon from a different perspective.
Sexuality has long been stigmatized, with lots of miseducation and negativity. BUT this mindful approach breaks down what is societally expected and creates a new norm, one that is optimistic and progressive, inclusive and esteemed.
Developing this new behaviour and way of thinking not only allows us to see the world through a sexually constructive lens, but also ourselves! It can benefit us as individuals by expanding our curiosity of our own sexuality; encouraging exploration of our own bodies; validating our own desires and needs; and, opening up to new (consensual) experiences. This dynamic relationship between ‘me, myself and I’ doesn’t relate to our level of sex drive, but simply nurtures our experience of sex – solo or partnered. As we all know, working on our inner selves is where most progress starts, and when we do so, what we project into the world also changes. Whether it’s acknowledging other people’s sexuality and desires, or respecting others’ needs and pleasure.
The Vulva Journal combines artistic expression and journaling, so you can have lots of sex positivity in one place. Follow prompts and activities throughout the year to learn more about your sexuality, and without noticing, you’ll have crafted your very own self-love story. Exclusively available this December!
Here’s what our sex positive art could inspire in you...
A reminder for us to get to know our vulvas. The more we know about something, the more confident we can be; and that goes for our own bodies too. Understanding the difference between our vulva and vagina, the parts of the vulva and what our own looks like (FYI they are all unique) helps build pride as opposed to shame.
A note that Valentine’s Day should be all about you.
A celebration of making the world a more equal place, one orgasm at a time.
A call to learn more about your pleasure potential through positive sex education! The clitoris is the only organ in the human body that exists for pure pleasure; just one of many sex-positive fun facts!
A focus on self-pleasure and what makes you feel good! Did you know that May-sturbation was a thing? A whole month dedicated to masturbation and why it’s such a beneficial practice.
A look at equipping ourselves with the right words for an inclusive, sex‑positive society and celebrating the LGBTQI+ community!
A reimagination of the Cortical Homunculus, the representation of body parts based on how the brain processes sensory information from them. It’s usually based on bodies with penises SO we took the vulva perspective!
A point on embracing that time of the month and making sure we don’t shy away from sexual pleasure when we’re on.
A PSA that sexual health is more than STIs and contraception, highlighting the importance of sexual pleasure to our overall well‑being, and a little something called the pleasure gap…
A cue to spark your sensual imagination with sexy short stories and audio erotica, your fantasies are validated!
A thought on addressing the fact that studies show vulva owners often define good sex as no pain!
A bootiful sense of pleasure. The anus and perianal region contain a lot of nerve endings, which can make stimulation around the butt very pleasurable. For anal sex, make sure your relaxed, lubricated and prepared to communicate with your partner!
Why We Should Look At Our Pink Bits. Smile Makers is dedicated to normalising how we see female sexuality in society. We believe there shouldn’t be any shame around our natural bodies and how, as consenting adults, we explore our pleasure.
Having the right vocabulary is key to creating an inclusive, sex-positive society, so let’s get our lexicon right!
We may have all grown-up, but we’re back into adding toys to our festive wish list. Except, these are more fun. Vibrators are the gift that keep on giving