Eroticism is a deeply personal and subjective experience and finding our own eroticism can be a challenging and often intimidating process. However, the arts can play an important role in helping us to explore and embrace our sexuality and to connect with our own unique sense of eroticism.

Firstly, the arts can provide us with a safe and non-judgmental space in which to explore our sexuality. Whether it’s through reading erotic literature, watching a provocative dance performance or viewing an exhibition of erotic art, the arts can offer us a space where we can
engage with our desires and fantasies without fear of stigma or shame.
By experiencing the art of others, we can gain insights into our own desires and begin to understand what turns us on and what we find appealing.

In addition, the arts can help us to break down societal taboos and prejudices around sexuality and to challenge our own preconceived notions about what is and isn’t erotic. By experiencing
the art of cultures and societies different from our own, we can broaden our perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of human sexuality. For example, the ancient Greek depictions of homosexuality and bisexuality mentioned earlier were commonplace in their society but in many modern societies are still seen as taboo.

By experiencing the art of cultures and societies different from our own, we can broaden our perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of the diversity of human sexuality.

Statue at MoMA, NYC. Photo by Stacie Frazier

Moreover, the arts can inspire us to express our own sexuality in creative and imaginative ways. Whether it’s through writing our own erotic fiction, creating art that reflects our own unique perspective on sexuality or simply exploring our own bodies through movement and dance, the arts can provide us with a means of expressing our sexuality in ways that feel authentic and empowering.

Finally, the arts can help us to connect with others who share our desires and interests, and to build communities around our sexuality. By attending events and exhibitions that celebrate eroticism, we can meet others who are interested in exploring their own desires and fantasies and find a sense of belonging and acceptance in a community that shares our values and interests.

By providing a safe and non-judgmental space in which to explore our desires, challenging societal taboos around sexuality, inspiring us to express ourselves creatively and connecting us with like-minded individuals, the arts can help us to better understand and embrace our own unique sense of eroticism.

If you’ve never explored your own eroticism before, challenge yourself to engage with the arts in a new way. Try reading a book of erotic fiction, attending an exhibition of erotic art or watching a
provocative dance performance. Take note of your reactions and feelings and use them as a starting point for exploring your own desires and fantasies. Remember, the arts provide a safe and non-judgmental space to explore your sexuality, so don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and discover new aspects of yourself.