Pleasure and Power
Sexual Rights. All people have the right to information and services that will help them have their best sexual health. There should be no stigma surrounding sexual health. Sexuality is a normal, healthy, and positive aspect of human life. (credit: American Sexual Health Association)
Pleasure. Having a sex life you feel good about starts with understanding your sexual needs, desires, and responsibilities. When you know yourself, what you like, and what you don't like, it allows you to understand and affirm the sexual needs and responsibilities of your partner(s).The ability to express yourself sexually and experience sexual pleasure not only feels good, but it is good for you! There are many ways to enjoy sex.
Relationships. Relationships are a key part of sexual health. Some sexual relationships are based on commitment and love, where sex is an experience that is shared among partners. Other sexual relationships are between people who engage in sex with each other occasionally, or more long term. And some sexual encounters are transactional such as sex work. As long as sex is between consenting individuals, there are many different ways to enjoy it.
Sex and disabilities. If you have a disability, it is important that you have access to good information and support to live a sexually healthy life. For more information about sexual health and disabilities please visit: sexualityanddisability.org and www.respectability.org/resources/sexual-education-resources/
Asexualor non-sexual. Some people do not have sexual feelings, and their relationships do not include sexual activity. Others may remain non-sexual at times in their life, choosing to not have sex with partners. Understanding what is right for you will help you to make healthy decisions that you are comfortable with.
Sexual Violence. If you have experienced sexual violence and are seeking help or would like more information you may contact your local rape crisis center for free and confidential counseling and support: Rape Crisis Programs by County (ny.gov)
For resources on sexual violence prevention and care visit: Sexual Violence Prevention Program Or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)