What is Sexuality?

WHAT IS SEXUALITY?

Sexuality is a word we use to talk about how we understand our bodies and how we understand our relationships. This understanding includes all aspects of who we are – our values and beliefs, bodies, desires, relationships, gender and our thoughts and feelings about all of these. Because our sexuality is made up of so many different components, our understanding of our own sexuality is ever-changing and unique to each person.

The most important thing to understand about sexuality is that it is self-defined; that is, that every person is allowed to talk about and understand their own sexuality in their own way that makes sense to them.

Sexuality is dynamic and always changing; often we may discover that different parts of our lives may interact with each other in confusing or affirming ways. This is okay and is part of our normal development. Exploring our own sexuality, rooted within the principles of consent and sexual rights, is a key determinant of our health and wellness.