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Naughty New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Sex Life in 2021

Change is coming!

Aliya S. King
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4 min readDec 18, 2020

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Illustration: Olivia Fields

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Let’s get this out of the way: New Year’s resolutions suck. They’re usually a setup for failure — it takes more than a new calendar for a complete lifestyle change-up. (Save for the 8% of you motivated ones out there, who are probably overachievers anyway.)

For as long as I can remember, my resolutions have been the same: eat better and work out. I’m the one you see in the gym on January 1, going hard on the treadmill, protein shake in hand. Just don’t count on spotting me within 100 feet of any workout equipment once February hits. I’ll start the year strong with homemade smoothies and an expensive meal plan service, but by Valentine’s Day I’m back to takeout.

So instead of agonizing over 10 pounds you don’t really need to lose, let’s return to normalcy by returning to intimacy.

These pledges are well intentioned, but the issue is that the practice isn’t really enjoyable — and the ultimate goal is so far in the future that you won’t get that positive feedback immediately. In other words, it takes some real discipline to stick to an ambitious goal. Given that, wouldn’t we be better off focusing on something that will improve our lives instantly, and is actually fun? So let’s make New Year’s resolutions sexy in 2021.

The way we approached sex during this pandemic took a lot of us back to our earliest fumbling attempts to make magic happen. Is this the right moment? Is this safe? Am I too exhausted? Does my partner want to? Should we just put on some masks and go to a restaurant that’s serving at 25% occupancy?

Change is coming in 2021, but even before the world starts to open again, we’ve got plenty of time to overhaul our shutdown sex lives. So instead of agonizing over 10 pounds you don’t really need to lose, let’s return to normalcy by returning to intimacy.

Let’s talk about sex!

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Aliya S. King
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Aliya S. King is an author, freelance writer and editor.