Are You a 'Good Girl?'

Dear Dr. Fulbright, How can I break out of the "Good girls don't do that" trap and realize that if you never push your boundaries, you'll keep having the same old sex forever? - Anonymous

Dear Anonymous, Most people grow up with a lot of negative messages about sex, for example, they're told whom to have sex with and under what circumstances. Anything outside of that recipe can be scary, guilt-ridden and wrong. At the same time, it's titillating because we're suddenly "bad" if we deviate.

When it comes to sex, the "good girl" versus "bad girl" labels are just that - societal labels. They're just a negative way of capturing different degrees of one's willingness to experiment sexually or push the sexual relations envelope. What works for one isn't going to work for another, and what's pleasurable for one is going to be a turn off for the next.

So it's important to realize that we're all sexually unique and into different things, and it is such a disservice to yourself (and your relationship) to not be at least somewhat open-minded to trying different things or find out what's best for you. It's perfectly healthy for people to test their boundaries with different types of sex play and adventures - and to discover what is most sexually gratifying for them. What other people put on you, like the "good girl" message, is a mere reflection of their own issues, attitudes, and discomforts with sexuality. It is not your burden to bear.

Realize, too, that avoiding the sexual rut helps people to experience new sensations, new forms of pleasure, and helps them to maintain monogamy.

Dr. Yvonne KristAn Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of