How can we make sex, in all of its wondrous variety, an accepted, human experience?
Debby Herbenick, research scientist at Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, tackles our society’s ongoing inability to enter into an honest dialogue about sex and sexuality. She explores the impact on our communities that this lack of communication about sex can have, covering health, relationships, politics and gender rights.
What happens when sex is seen as dirty? What is the impact on young people growing up in a society that is both over-sexed and puritanical? Would bringing sex out of the closet makes us happier?
How do we make sex “normal”?
This TED talk is a call-to-action to start bringing sex into our daily lives. By talking about sex with our children, our families, our partners, our colleagues and our friends, Herbenick suggest that we can tear away the mantle of guilt and shame that surrounds sex and instead make it an important and even vital part of our lives. It will do no good to wait for our leaders, our politicians, our doctors or our parents to start the dialogue, Herbenick states. In this era of Stanford rapists and sex-negativity, the dialogue has to start with us, every day of our lives.
Time to get sex out of the closet, cleanse it of shame and guilt, and make it something to celebrate!