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Self Pleasure for the Modern Indian Woman

We are living in 2020 and we have come such a long way, yet there is still so much stigma around masturbation and self pleasure. Sexuality, sexual behaviour and sexual desires have always been an essential part of the ancient Indian society. Sexual sculptures can be found in historical sites across India. Kama Sutra, the great Sanskrit guide to sexual behaviour, describes a society where sex and sexual desire were considered important parts of life. Yet, in contemporary India sex is a highly taboo subject. Did you know that 25% of India’s porn viewers are female. So, why do we hide it so much? Why the stigma. And where is the porn aimed at women? Self-care is something everyone is talking about and it is so important. Especially during these unprecedented times.

Self-care comes in so many different forms. We feed our body healthy foods, we exercise and we treat ourselves to make ourselves happy. Making time for yourself in an intimate, sexual, self pleasurable way is also a form of self-care. It’s not something we should be embarrassed about. And self pleasure can be empowering, help lower stress, help you understand your body better, release endorphins and believe it or not, help improve your sex life along with helping your mental health. I read somewhere that porn is like junk food. It’s easy, fast, cheap and it can become an unhealthy obsession. But, it also helps you get aroused and in the mood. For centuries, women have been shamed and been told that a woman’s pleasure is secondary to male pleasure, but did you know the clit has over 8,000 nerves and the penis only has 4,000?!

Self pleasure can help you feel good on your terms. So what are we waiting for...?

Blog post submitted by Leena Patel, you can find her on instagram @leena.patel3

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