Sex educator Leeza Mangaldas’ e-book goals to normalise conversations round intercourse

Sex educator Leeza Mangaldas’ e-book goals to normalise conversations round intercourse
Sex educator Leeza Mangaldas’ e-book goals to normalise conversations round intercourse
Author and influencer Leeza Mangaldas

Author and influencer Leeza Mangaldas
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Leeza Mangaldas by no means thought she would receives a commission to speak about intercourse when she began creating intercourse constructive content material six years in the past. The intercourse educator, creator and influencer has over eight lakh followers on Instagram at this time, is amongst {a magazine}’s most influential younger Indians 2021-2022 and is social media’s favorite go-to particular person for intercourse recommendation.

In her first e-book, The Sex Book: A Joyful Journey of Self Discovery, launched in October, Leeza delves into the fundamentals of intercourse and sexuality, sexual well being, the physique, gender and id. From the time she began conversing about intercourse by way of her podcasts, Leeza has been debunking myths and making an attempt to create a judgement free-space for speaking about intercourse. The thought was to induce individuals to rethink the best way they’d been taught to consider intercourse. While she started discussing pleasure-oriented intercourse and gender equality in pleasure with out disgrace or judgement, she discovered that it resonated with plenty of individuals. The e-book, she says, is a fruits of what she has learnt in her journey as a intercourse educator. “I’ve introduced in a  variety of questions I’ve obtained from individuals. Of course, names have been modified,” she provides. 

Leeza Mangaldas’s book

Leeza Mangaldas’s e-book
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Special Arrangement

Compassionate, empathetic

When she got down to write the e-book, all Leeza aspired for was for it to not really feel like a textbook. “Even although it’s filled with info, I didn’t need it to learn like a public well being manifesto. I needed it to be compassionate, empathetic and human.”

Sex constructive content material is necessary as it might serve to take away worry and disgrace round intercourse, at the very least to a small extent. “It is not only about prevention of an infection or being pregnant;  it’s about how intercourse may be pleasing. How one can aspire to have an outstanding and profound expertise,” she says.

Judgement-free intercourse ed

It is necessary to empower individuals with scientifically-accurate info, particularly now when 90 per cent of younger individuals flip to the web after they have questions on intercourse. “The most simply out there sexual media is porn, most of which is misogynistic and violent and this is the reason we have to present another supply of data – a complete, queer inclusive, pleasure inclusive, judgement free intercourse training. And that’s the reason I do what I do,” says Leeza. 

While faculties nonetheless lag behind in offering intercourse training and households are nonetheless not forthcoming with info, younger individuals don’t flip to credible authorities with their questions. “I used to be fortunate to develop up in an setting the place I may confidently flip to my mother and father for info. But I do know I’m in a minority. Young individuals are some occasions even intentionally given deceptive info, particularly about masturbation, premarital intercourse and concepts of intercourse being painful and shameful are handed on,” she says. Parents and faculties ought to present age-appropriate intercourse training and it’s by no means too early or too late to start out, she provides. “Young individuals who have entry to complete intercourse training and who can speak to trusted adults about intercourse and sexual well being are literally extra more likely to delay having intercourse and fewer likey to take dangers with their very own or one other particular person’s security. It would remove shame-laden curiosity and assist kids navigate sexuality in a accountable approach.”

Leeza says her fixed purpose is to normalise conversations round sexuality. “When you discuss one thing with out disgrace, individuals share their most personal tales. They see me as somebody who is unquestionably not going to evaluate them. If we may simply create these environments in our eco methods, we may assist create a gender equal and intercourse constructive society.”

Decolonising Indian sexuality

Leeza additionally talks about the necessity to decolonise Indian sexuality. India, the land of the Kamasutra, celebrated sexuality in its artwork and iconography. “But we appear to have inherited the morality of Victorian England. We talk about queer sexuality as if it’s a western import. There is a lot in India that celebrates the fluidity of sexuality and gender id. The reality that girls are and should be sexual beings in the event that they so select and are entitled to pleasure has been properly embedded in our system,” she says. 

An audio model of the e-book is out there on Audible. “An audiobook has a extra intimate, private high quality. It would really feel like a dialog between equals,” Leeza says. 

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