Celebrating Female Desire (!)

Source: Huffington Post, Jul 2015

We have reached a cultural moment where female sexuality — at least straight female sexuality — is being acknowledged in bigger and bolder ways.

Female celebrities are talking about sex and sexuality frankly, and in greater numbers. Nicki Minaj and Beyonce sing about “Feeling Myself,” and TV shows like “UnREAL”  display female masturbation unapologetically and without shock value.

I demand that I climax. I think women should demand that,” Minaj told Cosmpolitan for the magazine’s July 2015 cover story. Schumer echoed those sentiments in an August 2015 cover story interview with Glamour: “Don’t not have an orgasm. Make sure he knows that you’re entitled to an orgasm,” she said.

The statistics vary depending on the source. A Cosmopolitan survey found that just 57 percent of women reported orgasming “most or every time” they have sex with a partner, while a larger study from 2000 showed that women reported having one orgasm for every three orgasms men reported having. No matter which way you slice it, there seems to be a gender imbalance when it comes to the big “O.” 

“The movie was a giant celebration of women receiving and enjoying sensory pleasures, which, more often than not, we’re told to deny or control in real life,” Isabel Foxen Duke, creator ofStop Fighting Food, told me.

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