Advancing Sexual Pleasure as a Fundamental Human Right and Essential for Sexual Health, Overall Health and Well-Being: An Introduction to the Special Issue on Sexual Pleasure

Eli Coleman, Esther Corona-Vargas, Jessie V. Ford

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On September 11, 2021, the World Association for Sexual Health ratified a Declaration on Sexual Pleasure in its General Assembly. This declaration was a bold attempt by WAS to urge all spheres of influence in society to recognize the critical importance of sexual pleasure as a key component of sexual health and sexual rights. This special issue of the International Journal of Sexual Health (the official journal of the WAS) contains a technical document which supports the Declaration. In addition, it contains background papers that were commissioned to inform the evidence supporting the technical document and to outline the strategies for implementing the WAS Declaration on Sexual Pleasure in promoting sexual health and rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-477
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Sexual pleasure
  • human rights
  • pleasure
  • sexual attitudes and behaviors
  • sexual health promotion
  • sexual politics
  • sexual rights
  • sexual satisfaction
  • sexuality
  • sexuality education

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