There’s a lot that goes into the idea of sexual health and the observance of Sexual Health Month. The concept encompasses not only the physical aspects of sexual health, but the emotional side as well.
Sexual Health Month, celebrated each September, is a good time to assess our level of sexual health and to clear up any gaps in our knowledge. We’ve got some information that will help you get off to a solid start. Knowledge is power, and there are no dumb or embarrassing questions. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look.
Sexual Health Month - History
The world celebrated Sexual Health Day
The World Association for Sexual Health called for all their member organizations to celebrate World Sexual Health Day on September 4
Masters and Johnson
William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson published their seminal work, "Human Sexual Response," followed by "Human Sexual Inadequacy" in 1970
The Kinsey Institute opened its doors
Sex researcher Alfred Kinsey started his namesake nonprofit, officially named The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. The institute pioneered the field of modern sexuality studies
How to Observe Sexual Health Month
1. Celebrate World Sexual Health Day.
Sexual Health Month also encompasses World Sexual Health Day on September 4. This holiday's theme is "Love, Bonding and Intimacy."
2. Spread the news
Let friends and family members know — via social media, which is the easiest way to spread information far and wide these day — that Sexual Health Month is here. As we often say, knowledge is power, and we want issues of sexual health to be discussed everywhere!
3. Make sure you understand sexual health
Sexual health encompasses mind, body, and spirit! Everyone should be knowledgable about sexual health, and it's important to advocate for education. Of course, that starts with ourselves, so make sure you're armed with the latest information.
5 Sex Facts You Never Knew
1. Condoms go way, way back
Condoms dating from the 1600s — and made from animal membranes — were uncovered on the grounds of England's Dudley Castle in the 1980s.
2. Is it the oldest sex statue?
Archaeologists in Germany unearthed a stone-age figurine depicting a man having sex with a woman.
3. Prostitution may just be the "oldest profession"
Records from ancient Sumeria (c. 2400 BC) include the earliest documentation of prostitution as an occupation.
4. Denmark is home to attentive husbands
According to a recent study, Danish women are the world's most satisfied sexual partners.
5. Best country for sex?
According to another recent worldwide survey, Greece is the most sexually active country in the world.
Why Sexual Health Month is Important
A. Sexual health is good for all of us
We first start to learn about sexual health in so-called "sex ed" classes when we're young. Sexual Health Month can inspire us to make sure we're up to date on the latest info.
B. Sexual health knowledge is sexy
Few things are more sexy than intelligence. Sexual health is good for both the mind and the body, so let's make sure we use Sexual Health Month to increase our knowledge.
C. Sexual health can be fun
Sexual Health Month can inspire us to explore questions about ourselves with our partners. There are plenty of activities in which we can participate in order to celebrate this important topic.