As old as the concept of sex is, it seems you really can find a new twist on intimacy. Over the past few years, concepts like polyamory and practices like BDSM have become more and more mainstream. Even sociopolitical movements like #METOO have had an effect on how we enjoy sex. So what can you expect to see in the bedroom in 2021…
It might sound weird to describe a concept related to sex as “trendy” when there rarely is something truly “new” when it comes to sex. Although long-established, the trends we have chosen are ones that have grown in popularity and are almost mainstream as of 2021.
Taking Intimacy Virtual
2020 was quite a reset for a lot of us. Whether you were single, long-distance lovers, or in a long-term relationship, intimacy took on a different role in our lives. Just as people had to learn how to reconnect without the comfort of physical closeness, technology caught up to match this need. Apps became the new norm. We-Connect, the digital platform linked to We-Vibe toys, surged in downloads. With video chat functions as well as the capacity to control the toy remotely, this app helped people link up with their partner – despite physical obstacles like canceled flights and quarantine. Although things look like they’re improving in the next year, for some people this app has become a newly integral element to their relationships.
People are discussing sex more openly than ever before. Topics like consent, preferences and even sexual health are now well and truly on the table. Long stigmatized as potential “mood killers” or even turn-offs, talking openly about your concerns before getting intimate is much more normalized now – to the benefit of everybody involved. The more discussion there is, the less room for misunderstanding or uninformed decision making.
Weed and Sex
While it’s been a popular pair for a long time, the widespread legalization of marijuana has meant that different strains are now so refined that some are specifically developed as sexual aids. While natural lubricants are an option, smoking is also supposed to encourage arousal and help get things started.
Sexual Health Takes the Stage
STDs were once a total no-go topic, but now that the lines of communication around sex and intimacy are so much more open – it’s fine and even considerate to be upfront about STDs. Whether it’s discussing when you were last tested or what protection you need to use, intimate partners are more receptive than ever to talking about sexual health. And that’s a good prognosis for everyone!
Tantra has been a fairly well-known concept for a while… so what’s Taoism? As Dr. Cheryl Fraser outlines, taking steps to be fully in the moment and connect with your own body and your partner can have a huge impact on sex. Taoism is a fairly simple practice that focuses on extending pleasure by holding off from ejaculating and pampering the female energy as much as possible.