04 Sep World Sexual Health Day-Let’s Practice and Promote Pleasure!
Today is World Sexual Health Day, the kick-off to a month-long global celebration of sexual health. I’m thrilled to see that one area of focus here in the United States is Boomer Sexual Health.
Yes, finally! Boomers are being recognized as sexual beings, with wants and desires as well as challenges around our sexuality.
There are so many ways to talk about sexual health and our roles in promoting sexual health. As adults in relationships, in our professions, as grandparents, bystanders, consumers and educators. Throughout the month I’ll talk about what’s going on around the web and focus on different aspects of sexual health as they pertain to the over 50 demographic.
World Sexual Health Day is a collaborative effort of the World Association for Sexual Health, WAS, and the World Health Organization, WHO to “promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe”. This year’s theme is Sexual Health: The Wellbeing of Sexuality. Here’s their definition of sexual health:
Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
We have a long way to go towards embracing sexual health in the United States. Both from the point of view of understanding the medical aspects of ‘sexual health’ and finding doctors who are trained to work with men and women to answer questions, provide resources and create a safe environment for discussing patients’ sexual needs.
Our society, as reflected through the media, also has a lot of work to do. Fully embracing sexual health starts at birth and continues to evolve as we age. An ideal sex-positive world would embrace a well-researched, age-appropriate sex education curriculum in schools. Parents would feel comfortable talking about the facts of life and educating their children about sex and sexuality. The media would shift the emphasis from objectification and sexual violence to a more transparent way of selling products. No more ‘sex sells’….. Birth control would be uniformly available to men and women, without censure. Consensual sex would be the norm. And, as adults we would embrace our sexuality free of shame and full of joy. Informed, aroused and in full ownership of our sexual desires.
Sounds idyllic doesn’t it?
Each of us can make a difference when it comes to promoting sexual health. And, to grab that old cliché, it begins at home! Ha, imagine what fun you can have interpreting that statement.
What changes do you need to take on this month? [Tweet “To create a sexually healthy world we must look at our sexual health and our role in shaping the world in which we live. #SexualHealthDay”] I’m already working on sexual health in my work here, at Boomeon, Kinkly and Midlife Boulevard. In addition to focusing on sexual health this month I will take a personal challenge to do more reading on the topic to help educate myself…and you. And, of course…practice, practice, practice. Join me in talking, playing and acting to improve our sexual health all month-long.
What will you do to promote World Sexual Health Month?