16 Empowering Quotes About Owning Your Sexuality

Jul 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
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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.

1 /17: Be Whatever You Want to Be

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1/17 :Be Whatever You Want to Be

2 /17: Body Love

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2/17 :Body Love

3 /17: Carnal & Beautiful

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3/17 :Carnal & Beautiful

4 /17: Her Enigma

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4/17 :Her Enigma

5 /17: It's in the Curves

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5/17 :It's in the Curves

6 /17: Live Passionately

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6/17 :Live Passionately

7 /17: Wanting Pleasure

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7/17 :Wanting Pleasure

8 /17: No Chaperone Needed

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8/17 :No Chaperone Needed

9 /17: Emancipated Woman

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9/17 :Emancipated Woman

10 /17: Nothing Wrong with Sex

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10/17 :Nothing Wrong with Sex

11 /17: The Secret to an Orgasm

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11/17 :The Secret to an Orgasm

12 /17: What Is Purity?

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12/17 :What Is Purity?

13 /17: The Joy of Sexuality

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13/17 :The Joy of Sexuality

14 /17: Simmering Energy

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14/17 :Simmering Energy

15 /17: The Mind Speaks

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15/17 :The Mind Speaks

16 /17: Uncharted Territory

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16/17 :Uncharted Territory

17 /17: Wondrously Made

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17/17 :Wondrously Made