We’re more sex positive than ever as a culture, but we still haven’t erased some fundamental wrongs: women’s bodies are still policed, sex education is still lacking, and women talking about sexual wellness still carries a stigma.
We’re told to be sexy, but not too sexy. To have sex, but not with too many people. We’re seen as objects of sexual desire, yet judged if we talk about our own sexuality.
The stigma surrounding women’s sexual wellness runs deep and is damaging to the wellbeing of women at all ages. Women’s sexual wellness is so absent from the conversation that many of us reach adulthood never having experienced an orgasm.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with the leading meditation app, Headspace, to shine a light on sexual wellness and get the world talking about sex in all its forms.
What is Sexual Health Wellness?
When you think about your wellbeing you probably focus on your diet, exercise habits and sleep schedule. Sexual wellbeing has been left out of the conversation for far too long, despite the fact it plays a key role within our emotional and mental wellbeing.
Essentially, sexual wellness is a combination of your physical, emotional and mental state when it comes to all things sex and intimacy – from the quality of your relationships and your feelings about body image to your sexuality and sexual knowledge.
Women’s Sexual Wellness: What’s the Big Deal?
It’s actually a really big deal. After speaking to the women of Peanut, we learned that a staggering 89% of women think that the medical industry doesn’t take women’s sexual wellness seriously.
And a shocking 75% of women admitted to experiencing low sex drive, with 31% believing that low sex drive remains a taboo topic.
With 3 in 4 of us sharing this experience, why are we STILL not talking about it?
So we’ve joined forces with Headspace to provide in-app resources to prioritize women’s sexual wellness needs, including a short film.
Women’s Sexual Wellness is Important. Like Really Important.
A healthy sex life can improve your sleep, make you feel happier, and even lower your blood pressure (who knew?!).
That’s why it’s more important than ever to normalize the conversation around women’s sexual wellness and celebrate sex in all its forms.
Our short film, Let’s Talk About Sex, is produced by an all-woman crew, features psychosexual and relationship therapist Kate Moyle, and explores the diverse journeys of six women from Peanut’s community.
From a woman who’s expecting a baby with a trans woman, to a widow navigating dating while grieving, and a woman struggling with postpartum sex, our film shines a light on a range of sexual and relationship experiences.
All of these women have one thing in common – a desire to talk more openly.
“I want to eliminate the taboo around talking about sex. It’s natural, why are we ashamed to talk about it?”
Discussing topics that remain typically taboo today, like faking orgasms, low libido, and emotional intimacy, our film celebrates sexuality, encourages conversation, and removes the stigma connected to women and sex.
How Can I Improve My Sexual Wellness?
Women’s sexual wellness has been kept in the shadows for too long. It’s time to bring it to the forefront.
That’s why we’re on a mission to ensure that more women feel comfortable asking questions, getting advice, and sharing their experiences.
“I could never talk to my mum or dad about sex. I look at my daughter now and I think, I hope she can talk to me.”
If you’re one of the 70% of women wanting better access to information about sexual wellness, Peanut allows you to join community-led discussions around sex, relationships, and intimacy across Groups and Pods every single day.
From ending sexual dry spells to learning about orgasms, there are like-minded women (and experts!) ready and willing to listen, answer questions and share valuable advice.
And over on Headspace, you can learn more about sexual wellness through their Women’s Collection which explores topics and guided mediation courses around intimacy, compassionate communication, and sexual wellbeing.
Together, let’s own our sexuality and take charge. Because we’ll never be equal until we’re seen as equal beings sexually.