Exploring different types of sexual expression

Exploring Different Types of Sexual Expression

Each of us has the right to explore different ways to express our sexuality, and to celebrate sexual pleasure. Here we’ll discuss some of the different types of sexual expression, and provide information on how to learn more about each.

Kink and BDSM

Kink and BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, and masochism) involve consensual power play in all its forms. People explore roleplaying, costumes, submission and pain for pleasure, using techniques like spanking, flogging, and restraints. All activities must include clear consent from both parties, and safety and communication are key components.

Sexual Fantasies

Sexual fantasies are private, personal daydreams about sex. Fantasies vary greatly from person to person, and can include roleplay, BDSM, multiple partners, voyeurism and exhibitionism. Many times, fantasizing is the only way some people can experience certain sexual activities.

Sexual Exploration

Sexual exploration involves trying out new activities in the bedroom—both alone and with a partner. It can be anything from trying out new positions to experimenting with toys and accessories. Some sexual exploration involves exploring different relationships, such as polyamory, kink/BDSM, swinging, threesomes and beyond.


Exploring different types of sexual expression is an important part of our sexual development. With open communication, consent and an understanding of safety, you can experiment and explore new ways to find pleasure.

Resources for Learning More:

  • Kink 101: A Beginner’s Guide to BDSM – https://www.scarleteen.com/article/sexuality/kink_101_a_beginners_guide_to_bdsm
  • Exploring Your Sexuality – https://www.scarleteen.com/article/sexuality/exploring_your_sexuality
  • Asexuality FAQ – https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/asexuality-faq/

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