Sex and dating are two things that will intertwine at some point in a casual or serious relationship. Whether two people are trying to build a relationship or simply “hookup” for a night (or some nights) of play, sex and dating are a natural part of life. Yet, many are guilty of being uptight when it comes to sex in general. It seems that the word “sex” is tabooed and linked to the filth of the secular world. How could this be or how could anyone associate “the word” to anything less than beautiful?
Sex is such an awkward subject to bring up in today’s society, and it should not be. It should be something everyone is expressive about, that one is comfortable with, and if there is a man or woman that one is interested in, do not hold back. By being honest and forward, one will take the (sometimes) “needed” approach to sex.
Sex is neither filthy nor taboo. By having an open mind towards sex, it could potentially open up a new and exciting adventure. Having an active sex life is not only enjoyable but healthy as well. Consider the two terms sex and sexual health. On the surface, many think of sex as simply intercourse without any variations between sexual acts. Sex is hardly defined the same by many. A study conducted at Kinsey Institute at Indiana University found that no single generation or gender agrees on a definition of "had sex".
Sexual health, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
However one defines sex or describes his or her sexual health, it is time to abandon the notion that sex is something “to do” and not something “to talk about”. Face it; sex and dating are a natural part of life. Whether dating is casual or serious, "the conversation" will come up at some point. As much as we hate to admit it or discuss it, our sexual health is vital to our bodies.