Episode 125: The Path to Sexual Empowerment

September 6, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 125: The Path to Sexual Empowerment


When it comes to sex, you deserve to get what you want and to be in control of your body, your pleasure, and your sexual health. However, in order to do that, you have to be sexually empowered. You have to know what it is that you want in the first place, and be able to communicate about that. This is something that a lot of us really struggle with, so let’s talk about sexual empowerment. Today’s show is all about building up your sexual self-confidence, learning how to ask for what you want, and being able to say no when there’s something you don’t want.

Dr. Tara is back to give us tips on sexual empowerment. She is an associate professor of relational and sexual communication at California State University Fullerton, a sex and relationship coach, and host of the podcast Luvbites. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • What it means to be sexually empowered.
  • Where to start when it comes to building up sexual self-confidence.
  • How to stop judging your own fantasies and desires.
  • How to tell your partner what you want.
  • How to say no to things you don’t want.
  • The role of contraception and abortion rights in sexual empowerment.
  • The difference between sexual empowerment and attention-seeking behavior.

Check it out! To learn more about Dr. Tara and listen to her Luvbites show, visit luvbites.co

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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