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Why Is Sexual Diversity Important?

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In a world where we are always trying to optimize and find the “best” way to do everything, one might wonder “why is sexual diversity important?”. We can get caught up in what is normal or expected when it comes to most aspects of our lives, but the reality is that each of us is as unique as a snowflake, so why should our sexuality be any different?

The quest to find out what people are actually like sexually is a fairly new endeavor. Sexological research as an area of inquiry really didn’t kick off until the early 20th century. Two of the most important contributions to sexological research were the Kinsey Reports and the Masters and Johnson studies. These groundbreaking works examined the actual sex practices of Americans.

They were illuminating for many reasons. They collected data on what people were actually doing sexually. Prior to this, it was assumed that sex was happening only between men and women, that masturbation was rare and mostly people enjoyed the missionary position.

The most exciting insight that these reposts gave us was that all kinds of people were having all kinds of sex.

Why Is Sexual Diversity Important?

One of the reasons I started my podcast, Down for Whatever, is because through my training as a sex coach I knew that there are so many ways to date, have sex and partner and I knew people would love to hear their experiences echoed back to them.

Storytelling is powerful. It helps us understand the experiences of others and connects us to our humanity. This is something that is often hard to do when it comes to sexuality. Not many of us go around saying “hey, I just had the most incredible sex! Let me tell you all about it.”

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In fact, many of us hardly ever talk about sex with our friends and sometimes we don’t even talk about it with the people with whom we’re having sex. This is a problem.

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The reason we didn’t know that there were so many things that people were doing is because sexuality wasn’t considered an actual area of scientific inquiry. Humans have sex: end of story!

Also, if you dig too deeply into what people do, you have to come to terms with the role that sex plays in society.

We weren’t ready to face the idea that there were gay, lesbian, bisexual and asexual people. We weren’t prepared to hear that married people engage in group sex or swap partners with their friends, and we certainly weren’t able to cope with the fact that lots of people feel alone in their sexual desires.

The various qualities of sexual experience weren’t seen as a priority. Maybe some of us still are not ready to fully embrace these facts.

What Masters & Johnson and Kinsey and their teams did was pave the way for legitimizing sexual research. Sexologists since then have been able to look more closely at and really home in on niche areas of sexuality like sexual orientation, gender identity, BDSM and kink as well as infidelity, non-monogamy and polyamory.

Even though these may seem like fringe identities, their prevalence isn’t known until we start researching these different populations.

So why is sexual diversity important? Because the more we know about what people do and who they are, the more we legitimize these identities and experiences for people who don’t see themselves reflected in popular culture where heterosexuality is the norm and serial monogamy is the expected relationship structure.

Talking about sex and researching it have been cultural challenges, but the more we do more of both, the more we know about just how many options are available to us all. For many, these truths have truly set them free.

I’m Myisha Battle, a certified sex and dating coach who helps people learn about their true sexual nature. To hear real stories of sexual diversity check out my podcast, Down for Whatever.



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