2016 was not easy for anyone, we know.
But while yes, we have taken the time to self indulge in cries and sorrow, let’s also think about some of the women before us who made love, sex and intimacy mainstream and safe.
We have a lot to thank them for.
They’ve helped create the exciting, hopeful and breath-taking world we live in.
Here are a few of the ladies who helped us understand our bodies, our minds and our passion just a little bit more. Thanks, ladies!
Margaret Sanger isn’t a new name to anyone who uses birth control. She was the original Babe With the Power. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the all-powerful Sanger, she dedicated her life to legalizing birth control. She started out in Lower East Side Manhattan, working as a nurse. She coined the term “birth control” in 1915 and was arrested for opening up her first birth control clinic in 1916. By 1921, she founded the American Birth Control League which became Planned Parenthood. Every time you take your birth control, please send a warm thank you to Margaret.
This name shouldn’t be new to anyone who took a high school psychology class, but she’s a pioneer sex researcher goddess and we owe her a huge thank you! She worked tirelessly with William Masters to understand sexuality and sexual intercourse and to destigmatize it. In the 1960s, mind you! While people were burning Beatles albums, she was studying sexual intercouse in a lab. She was the key component for one of the largest human sexuality studies in history. Her warmth, kindness and openness was what made participants feel comfortable enough to shed their clothes and open up about their sexuality as well as be studied during the most intimate times. She never stopped learning, growing or researching sexual health and intimacy.
We know her, we love her and can only imagine how amazing family dinners would be if Ruth Westheimer was at our table. She’s been talking about sex since her first radio show “Sexually Speaking” in 1980 and continues to talk about it on her Youtube channel. She never misses the opportunity to give frank sex advice and the world loves her for it. She emphasizes the importance of relationships, communicating and more recently, unplugging from your phone! She gives a frank warning to long term couples as well, “Don’t let boredom creep into the bedroom.” Everyone would have a lot less fun and be more sexually confused if Dr. Ruth wasn’t such a powerful babe! Thanks, Dr. Ruth!
Julie Gottman is co-founder and President of the Gottman Institute. Some of you may have heard of this, while others may have not. But The Gottman Institute is a world-renowned therapy institute for couples. Julie herself, has helped thousands, probably millions of couples communicate better and increase their intimacy, whether it’s physical or emotional. She and her hubby are the pioneers in couple’s health, communication and sex research. If you ever have a fight with your partner (which is inevitable), PLEASE research The Gottman communication techniques. You and your partner will thank her and revel in the ease and passion of your talks, and wonder what all the fighting was even about. The Gottman Institute can even predict the lasting of your relationship with a roughly 90 percent accuracy rate. They don’t use a crystal ball but instead listen to how you and your partner interact, even in a five minute conversation.
Amy is a writer, storyteller, and part-time dog masseuse who loves spreading health and wellness empowerment to the masses. You can check out her writing and social media on her website: helloamychristine.com