Much like my list of 5 Great Queer Ladies in Contemporary Popular Culture a few weeks back, deciding on films that have a positive portrayal of female sexuality was a difficult task. Not because I was spoilt for choice, but the much the opposite. Sure, there are many films out there in which women aren’t shown to dislike sex per se, however a portrayal where their sexual appetites are on a par to that of men? Get out of town! Oftentimes when that is the case, women are ultimately punished for their sin of sluttery in various ways. This can include being sectioned, violence and death; you know, just like real life. If not that, then they’re femme fatale types using their sexuality as a means to snare and manipulate unsuspecting men folk, as a weapon of sorts.

Why is this? I suppose as a society, people as a whole still aren’t over the age-old virgin/whore binary complex, which is reflected in much of the media still produced in popular culture, and also the reason why “slut” shaming is a thing. The general consensus seems to be if a woman genuinely enjoys sex for sex alone, surely there’s something wrong with her? If the thought of this makes you want to weep a thousand oceans and jump off something high, fret not! Here are a few films that show it’s actually okay for ladies to like sex.