Sexual Health, Sexual Rights, and Sexual Pleasure: Meaningfully Engaging the Perfect Triangle

Posted: 23 Dec 2020 Last revised: 28 Apr 2021

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Sofia Gruskin

University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health; University of Southern California; University of Southern California - Department of Population and Public Health Sciences; University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Date Written: April 14, 2019

Abstract

To improve sexual health, even in this charged political moment, necessitates going beyond biomedical approaches, and requires meaningfully addressing sexual rights and sexual pleasure. A world where positive intersections between sexual health, sexual rights and sexual pleasure are reinforced in law, in programming and in advocacy, can strengthen health, wellbeing and the lived experience of people everywhere. This requires a clear understanding of what interconnection of these concepts means in practice, as well as conceptual, personal and systemic approaches that fully recognise and address the harms inflicted on people’s lives when these interactions are not fully taken into account. Bridging the conceptual and the pragmatic, this paper reviews current definitions, the influences and intersections of these concepts, and suggests where comprehensive attention can lead to stronger policy and programming through informed training and advocacy.

Suggested Citation

Gruskin, Sofia, Sexual Health, Sexual Rights, and Sexual Pleasure: Meaningfully Engaging the Perfect Triangle (April 14, 2019). Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 2019, USC CLASS Research Paper Series, No. CLASS21-10, USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 21-10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3703299

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