More than often, Indians shy away from talking about sex and even in the 21st century it is considered as taboo not just in the subcontinent but across the world. But, why is that so? Perhaps because people seldom assume that sex or rather sexual pleasure is synonymous with penetration and shame. But, Seema Anand, a sexual health educator, mythologist and author has been trying to break these preconceived notions one story at a time via the internet.
Seema who very popularly has prolonged disquisitions about the Kama Sutra and sexual health through her famous reels on Instagram and is also a very celebrated name in the field of Eastern Erotology sat down for an exclusive chat with News18 right after her wonderful talk at the TEDXGatewaySalon 2022.
What are some of the myths that you would like to burst when it comes to sexual health?
So, I think the first thing is this whole idea of what sex is supposed to do to a woman’s body for instance a lot of people say that if a woman has sex, she’ll start looking older. If she has sex, her hip size will become larger. If she has sex, she will start walking differently. You know, all of these myths about when if a woman has sex her vagina will become loose. I think that there’s just so much misinformation. I mean, you name it, there is something wrong out there for every positive thing, there is a negative story or a very positive story. So I think that even if we can begin with the first thing, it is not a bad thing. That is the first thing I want to start with that, you know, this idea of demonising intimacy or demonising using pleasure, but it is not a bad thing. It’s perfectly natural, the feelings are natural, they come to all of us, and we need to stop saying that this is a bad thing. Even if we can accomplish that, you know, I would feel that, like, we have achieved something.