The Taboo Subject
Societies function in a particular way based on the country’s history, norms and values; it is sometimes hard to escape from these roots that have influenced our cultural norms. Religious affiliations have played a major role into forming negative impressions of sexuality and sex work. Sexual activity and imagery are considered deviant , even in the modern society that we live; History proves that sex was considered holy , and not an evil activity that is barely tolerated in our modern times. Sexuality has evolved since ancient times , but still remains an enjoyable and necessary part of our lives. Evidence form all kinds of academic research has proven that around the world, and throughout the time, sexual activity has been diverse. (Attwood, 2012) Something natural that people do is considered a taboo; the society isn’t critical about our sexuality as long as we keep it private. Sexual freedom is an essential component of our lives, but it keeps being attacked by society and different feminist groups who will not allow full sexual freedom of women. Sexuality , was never driven by outside forces such as laws and regulations but only from the human sexual evolution and instinct. The human nature itself is sex positivist, as we all desire sexual satisfaction ; but sex positivism is a misunderstood feminist approach by many. Individuals who aren’t educated in different feminist approaches, consider sex positivism as the belief that women should be liberalized form the patriarchal society , who oppresses women’s sexuality and sexual choices; sex positivism, however, has been an approach much more influenced for the love of sex , and sexual freedom in our bedrooms . As I mentioned , our sexuality was never formed and shaped around laws; and since sex positivism supports public sex, sex shops and rejects heterosexual marriage , that doesn’t mean that people are suddenly going to act in this manner. As many people , don’t view sex as enjoyable and natural it is appropriate to not sexualize all women without their consent; there are as many reasons to not be interested in sex ,as there are many to be . The sex positive movement has been attacked by many people , which leaves no space for analyzing the basic principles of the movement , but rather defending it. The discourse used by the sex positive movement is wrong as it goes against to one of the biggest taboos, which is ‘’keeping sexuality private ‘’. Sex isn’t only the physical act but it goes deeper than that , which provides many benefits, but also harms. Sex positivism is an essential approach in order to liberalize sexuality and sexual expression, by allowing women to not feel as sexual subjects in their consent, but as human beings. Moreover, sex positivism allows women to feel pride on sexual satisfaction and express themselves , it de-criminalizes sex work and it will limit regulations around sex laws . Western civilization presents many negative attitudes against sexual expression , and public discourse regards the risks of sex and abuse . Sexual expression has been absent , even tough it is a healthy activity that is part of our reproduction . Sex is fundamental to women , if they are being sexually marginalized they are not free in expressing themselves. ( Meulen , 2014) Women should not feel guilty about loving sex and celebrating their performance. The criminalization of sex doesn’t allow women to embrace their sexuality , and feminism , because they are raised to believe that sex is a private matter , solely ewith a heterosexual partner . Therefore sex positivism promotes sexuality as a matter without limits , that is pleasurable and fundamentally healthy . Being able to express pride on your sexuality is a stepping stone to make society recognize human sexuality. One of the biggest taboos of sexuality is sex work; based on socially constructed stereotypes and the media...
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