Owning your sexuality and your sexual drive is one of the most empowering things anyone can do. And over the past few years, we’ve seen and heard women speak up — volume cranked all the way up to 11 — about their sexual needs, desires and fantasies without any hesitation.
More and more, we’re learning to love our bodies and taking matters into our own hands, literally. We’re asking the important questions: Where exactly is my G-spot and what do I have to do to find it? We’re talking openly about anal sex toys and discussing squirting in detail. The things that used to make our grandmothers cringe and clutch their pearls are finally topics open to discussion — and we couldn’t be happier.
Sex should never be a taboo topic, and being proud of your sexuality is downright beautiful and more than welcome. It’s time to get empowered — and these 16 quotes should help you get there.
A version of this article was originally published in August 2015.
Be Whatever You Want to Be
Beyoncé dropped this gem of a quote in an interview with Out magazine in 2014.
Journalist and author Naomi Wolf wrote this in her book The Beauty Myth.
Carnal & Beautiful
Author Fiona Zedde wrote this in her book Bliss.
Peter Brooks is an author and Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale.
It’s in the Curves
Author Roman Payne wrote this in his novel The Love of Europa.
Judith Plaskow wrote this in her 1991 book Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective.
Author Nenia Campbell wrote this in her novel Bound to Accept.
No Chaperone Needed
Alice Bag is the author of Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story.
Simone de Beauvoir wrote this in the 2011 book The Second Sex.
Nothing Wrong with Sex
Author Alessandra Torre wrote this in the 2013 novel Sex Love Repeat.
The Secret to an Orgasm
Feminist icon Betty Friedan was the founder and first president of the National Organization for Women and author of 1963's The Feminine Mystique.
What Is Purity?
Kaija Sabbah is an artist and model living in rural Northern California.
The Joy of Sexuality
Fiona Thrust wrote this in her novel Naked and Sexual.
Author Sera Beak wrote this in her 2006 novel The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark.
The Mind Speaks
New York Times Bestseller Mary Roach wrote this in Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.
Author Caroline Knapp wrote this in her 2011 bestseller Appetites.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor wrote this in her 2011 book All But Alice.
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