I was on the Chicago metro when I took a picture of the in-your-face advertising for the up and coming erectile dysfunction pill called Roman. This was the second time I saw the ad. The first time was in May, after buying a single ride ticket to get on the Manhattan 6 line. I turned from the ticket machine and saw generation Y faces plastered like wallpaper everywhere my eyes could see.
So many questions popped into my media literacy mind: How much do these cities get paid by Roman and how do they use the money? Why are they marketing to younger males? Is it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies to have an ethics board? How easy is it to get a Roman prescription?
What does it mean to be sex positive?
It is a term that has been buzzing around for a bit. Sex positivity is about having and embracing a comprehensive understanding of human sexuality. This includes consent, practicing safer sex, getting tested, and not judging oneself or others for what they may be into or their past experiences.
How powerful it can be when popular musicians release songs that have to do with sexuality. Such a relatable topic, yet sometimes it is musicians who get the ball rolling for people to learn and have more conversations about it. Music like this can be comforting, inspirational, and can even strike social justice movements.
Here is a list – just a taste – of some songs that relate to a more positive mindset of sexuality. Enjoy.