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Healthy sexpectations

Consent is a must!

Get comfortable asking your partner/s what they would like to do and talking openly about what you would like to do/try. Communication is so important: it’s easy navigating consent if you and your partner/s feel comfortable and open and free to communicate. It’s also a good way to get each other in the mood and find out what you and your partner/s like and what turns them on.

Dominating/Rough sex is not the norm

People who engage in power-sex dynamics (i.e. BDSM) are well-versed and well-practiced in consent and communication. Some people like to engage in rough sex, but most people don’t. In porn, you might see people engage in rough sex without checking if their partner is interested first: this is not ok. Everything should always be communicated with lots of space for people to assert their boundaries.

Porn bodies are not normal bodies!

Everyone is sexy to someone just as they are, and you don’t need to change yourself to be sexy to your partner/s. Be proud of your body and who you are and enjoy sex in your body.

It’s ok to:

You already have a bikini body

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Consent means being able to decide what you do and don’t want to do

You or your partner/s can stop at any time, say ‘yes’ to one thing and ‘no’ to another, you can agree to try something and realise you don’t like it, and you can really fancy someone but sometimes just not feel like having sex at that time.

This is always ok, and your partner/s should always make you feel ok about making these decisions. It means checking in with you partner if something is sore/uncomfortable and communicating about what would feel better, whether that is changing position or stopping.

For more information on sex, sexual health, and sex online see:

https://amaze.org/

https://www.scarleteen.com

https://www.bishuk.com/porn/

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