*Many thanks to K-Y for sponsoring this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed below are entirely my own.
I think you guys know by now that I like to keep it real. And any parent knows a thing or two about sex, right? I mean the egg definitely comes before the chick! LOL. And I think that any parent also knows about how much our sex lives morph and change along the parenthood journey. But sex lives are complicated way before that– the relationship women have with sex usually starts earlier than marriage, babies, and family. Earlier this year, right before Valentine’s day, I wrote a post about K-Y® Yours+Mine® Couples Lubricants® and how I love the brand’s outlook on female empowerment and intimacy.
K-Y recently shared with me their initiative to encourage women to take back their power in the bedroom, and I thought I would share a bit with you today about my own journey towards discovering intimacy on my own terms. It’s an area that I feel is so very important for women! How can we be fully empowered if we aren’t getting what we want in our sexual encounters?!
Figuring out this arena for myself has been an adulthood-long journey, and something I’m still finding my voice with. My first relationship ever was in College, with an older guy who I went to school with. He was my first serious boyfriend, my first sex ever, and to be totally honest the power imbalances in that relationship set the tone for sex for me for years to come. He was definitely the alpha in our relationship, and I was kind of just happy to be there. I didn’t know much about equality in relationships at all, least of all sexually. I thought my only purpose in bed was to please him and to make sure he was satisfied. If I wasn’t, I just kind of figured that it was beside the point. He wasn’t very interested in getting to know what satisfied me either.
Looking back, I can see that being in that type of nonreciprocal relationship (sexually and in other ways) wasn’t good for us individually or for our relationship. I think that deep down, me not being sexually satisfied made him insecure, and made our relationship even weaker. When I emerged from the relationship two years later, I knew even less about myself sexually and as a woman. It took me many years, and many relationships, to feel comfortable with my own sexual desires, and to be assertive in the bedroom. With all of the incredible strides we’ve made as women in our culture recently, isn’t it so bizarre that so many of us still don’t speak up in our own bedrooms? K-Y feels, and so do I, that the true health of society exists in women being empowered in every single way– and that includes sexually!
One of the best parts about being in a committed, monogamous relationship is that I can grow that comfort level with my husband, and we can communicate freely. It’s so good to know that we can evolve in our relationship in all ways, including sexually. And as we all know, becoming parents can really take the spark out of a relationship if you’re not careful. I’ve been really loving K-Y® Yours+Mine® Couples Lubricants®. It’s a two tube set of pleasure gel that each deliver a different sensation: one for you, and one for your partner. I think staying playful in the bedroom really keeps those lines of communication open, which is always great for a marriage!
Have you tried K-Y Yours+Mine? I’d also love to hear if you’ve had a journey towards owning your own sexuality, and how you feel about sex now. It’s so important that we all discuss topics like this openly, so we know that we are all figuring it out together!
Photographs by Julia Dags