I started writing From Madness to Mindfulness: Reinventing Sex for Women six years ago.
As a sociologist, I wanted to address what I call the “madness” around female sexuality — all of the negative, undermining, inaccurate, and shameful messages many girls and women receive when growing up around sex, intimacy, and their bodies.
It’s madness because so many girls are taught to view their own body as something to battle as an enemy. It’s madness because most women think there’s something wrong with them. It’s madness because as adults, women are supposed to flip a switch and pretend that they haven’t internalized these sex-negative, body-shaming, disempowering “good girl” messages and experiences.
And it’s madness that we keep passing these messages on to younger generations.
After many years as a sex educator, women’s workshop facilitator, and intimacy coach, I know that mindfulness skills — practical, applied mindfulness skills — can have a profound positive impact on our self-worth, expression of voice, and sexual empowerment. Through practices in mindfulness, compassion, vulnerability, and authenticity we can create a new version of sexual expression and connection.
This is what From Madness to Mindfulness: Reinventing Sex for Women is about.
~Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego Sexologist, Sociologist, Sex Speaker