‘Shhh… Don’t be so loud when talking about S-E-X.’ Say the word ‘sex’ and you’ll have people vying for your attention, just to shush you. It’s 2021, guys. Sex doesn’t haven’t to be taboo anymore. Just because it happens behind closed doors doesn’t mean that a conversation around sex should also remain behind closed doors. An open and honest conversation about sex will help us learn about boundaries and consent. Moreover, it is a step toward destigmatising talking about something so normal. Guilt has no place when it comes to pleasure. As long as there is mutual consent and mutual pleasure, it’s all good! Fortunately, several Instagram influencers have taken it upon themselves to educate the audience about sexual health. Here are six of our favourite sex-positive influencers who are normalising conversations around sex.
Leeza Mangaldas (@leezamangaldas)
To know about all things pleasurable, Leeza Mangaldas is the go-to person on Instagram. As she mentions in her bio, she wants a world where all sexual experiences are consensual, safe, and pleasurable. Mutual consent and mutual pleasure is an important aspect of any romantic relationship. From talking about sexual fantasies and sex toys to ethical porn and everything in between, she tries to destigmatise every kind of conversation around sex.
Pallavi Barnwal (@coachpallavibarnwal)
Having been in a sexless marriage, Pallavi Barnwal knew how important intimacy is for a healthy relationship. She took the reins of her life into her own hands and became a sexuality coach. She focuses on the importance of open communication to ensure a mutually pleasurable relationship. From adding spice to your relationship to respectfully making your fantasies come true, Pallavi has all the tips for a healthy sex life.
Seema Anand (@seemaanandstorytelling)
, as her bio says, is a Kama Sutra expert, mythologist, and storyteller. Anand is an advocate of self-pleasure, especially female self-pleasure. She has also authored The Arts of Seduction that talks about sexual pleasure and intimacy. According to Indian scriptures like Kama Sutra, sex wasn’t just an act, but an art. Anand emphasises the same and encourages people to lose the guilt attached to all things sexual. She aims to break the taboo around female self-pleasure by helping women take pleasure into their own hands.
Karishma Swarup (@talkyounevergot)
is an award-winning sexuality educator and social media influencer. She strives to create sexual health awareness and erase the stigma around sex education through her page called ‘Talk You Never Got’. From busting myths about sex to educating her followers about sexually transmitted diseases, she does it all.
Dr Tanaya Narendra (@dr_cuterus)
is the millennial doctor we know and love as dr_cuterus. Her page is all about sexual and reproductive health. From enlightening you about the various sexual organs to educating you about common conditions like PCOS, Dr Tanaya Narendra’s account is a treasure trove of information and mythbusters.
Dr Sakshi Tickoo (@sex.love.andot)
is a queer Occupational Therapist focusing on sexuality and mental health, and wellness and rehabilitation. While talking about “taboo” topics like masturbation, anal sex, and more, Tickoo aims to create awareness about Occupational Therapy in India.
Do you know more Indian sex-positive influencers? Let us know in the comments!
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