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"At The Candid Collective’s regular talks, the aim is to take over informal spaces to go deep into subjects like ‘the history of masturbation’ or ‘the benefits of nakedness’. The organisers work hard to create an easygoing atmosphere that doesn’t feel didactic – and usually have activities like genital-model-crafting or vulva and penis magnet-making or life drawing thrown in for good measure."
Katie McCabe, Feb 2019
."The naked body is a wonderful thing. However, we live in a society that shames, belittles, bullies, censors, and sexualises it. All of the subliminal messages often times leave us feeling deeply insecure or ashamed of our nakedness, encouraging us to cover up, hide our bodies, and ultimately impacts the relationship that we have with them – creating a mind-body disconnect that can take years of unlearning to shake."
Terri Waters, April 2019
The Unedit's piece on our event "The Benefits of Nakedness'.
Research and clinical data have for a long time shown that couples with sexual problems report a lack of sexual communication. This recent meta-analysis (Mallory, Stanton & Handy, 2019) examines the correlation between couples’ sexual communication and varies dimensions of sexual function across 48 studies. Sexual communication was positively associated with sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, orgasm, erectile function, less pain, and overall sexual function.
Basically talk about sex with the people you have sex with!!
Rather than peddling the 'every women is different' line that usually accompanies a discussion about women's pleasure, OMG Yes educates us on the many similarities in what women from across the world enjoy. The website explores new ways to increase pleasure based on robust academic research on what women find pleasurable. There are articles, instructional videos and simulations. OMG Yes has a one off fee of £29, which we think is money well spent!
"Although demand for sex products is universal, historically very few brands have spoken honestly and respectfully to women about their sex lives. Nowadays, as society challenges taboos around sex and female-led sextech companies strive to provide retail experiences that aren’t shameful or seedy, sexual pleasure is going mainstream."
Olivia Cassano, Feb 2019
'Should sex education be sex positive?'
In February 2019, the Department of Education unveiled new sex education guidelines which will be rolled out in primary and secondary schools by 2020. The new curriculum will include healthy relationship education at primary school, lessons on menstrual health, sexting, FGM and mental health in secondary school. The lessons will also be LGBTQ+ inclusive.
Becky spoke to EllaOne and their My Morning After campaign about sex positivity in sex education.
'Naked and Unashamed: Investigations and Applications of the Effects of Naturist Activities on Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction.'
"Body image dissatisfaction is a serious, global problem that negatively affects life satisfaction. Several claims have been made about the possible psychological benefits of naturist activities, but very little empirical research has investigated these benefits or any plausible explanations for them."
Dr Keon West, 2017
These studies (West, 2017) finds that being naked in front of non-intimate others leads to an increase in life satisfaction, an effect that was mediated by improvements in body image and self-esteem.
Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian
"It’s time for me to stop lying about sex. To my ex-partners, I’m sorry I wasn’t as honest with you as I could have been, but sex is complicated."
Fran Bushe, April 2019
In this fabulously open and honest article Fran Bushe discusses why she stopped pretending to enjoy the sex she was having and ponders why it took her until her 30s to do so.
"Presumably I sat through a sex ed class once. I must have. But I genuinely have no recollection of doing so. Not at my liberal, co-ed primary, nor at my buttoned-up, religious, all-girls’ secondary, where the only boys we knew attended the local Christian youth group, and where absolutely nobody had sex."
Alice-Azania Jarvis, May 2019
"While 18.4% of women reported that intercourse alone was sufficient for orgasm, 36.6% reported clitoral stimulation was necessary for orgasm during intercourse, and an additional 36% indicated that, while clitoral stimulation was not needed, their orgasms feel better if their clitoris is stimulated during intercourse."
Herbenick, Arter, Sanders & Dodge (2018)