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Becoming a Sexuality Professional: The Beginner’s Guide to Finding Their Way Within Sex Ed

Becoming a Sexuality Professional: The Beginner’s Guide to Finding Their Way Within Sex Ed is a 30+ page guidebook for anyone curious, emerging, or established in the sexuality space. It covers many of the most common questions about getting into the field from “what is a sexuality professional?”, “Do I need to get certified?” and everything in between.

Get your copy today!

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The Not-So-Secret BDSM History Of Wonder Woman


Comic book stores are pulling out the stops for next weekend, offering any number of events and special issues to coincide with the premier of the new Wonder Woman feature film.

The things we do for this job. April and Coral get tied up in William Moulton Marston's classic Wonder Woman imagery.

The things we do for this job. April and Coral get tied up in William Moulton Marston’s classic Wonder Woman imagery.

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One store in Portland will peel back the curtain on Wonder Woman’s secret history as a bondage queen. (Come on. What did you think those bracelets and lasso were really about?)

Multi-disciplinary artist, comic book fan, and kink enthusiast Coral Mallow will give a lecture May 31 at the Portland comic book retailer Books With Pictures, covering some lesser-known facts about Wonder Woman’s character origins and history.

If you caught Jill Lepore’s 2014 book “The Secret History of Wonder Woman,”you’ll know where this is going, but if not, brace yourself. With straps. And possibly ropes.

Turns out, Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston was a man of broad-minded politics and wide-ranging tastes. A psychologist and inventor and avowed female supremacist whose claims to fame include the creation of the lie-detector test, Marston was very interested in the dominant and submissive currents in human sexuality.

An example of an early Wonder Woman panel incorporating William Moulton Marston's ideas about dominance and submission.

An example of an early Wonder Woman panel incorporating William Moulton Marston’s ideas about dominance and submission.

As he created Wonder Woman — a hero just as capable of solving disputes with compassion as with strength — he farmed in imagery and scenes that betrayed some of his interests. (When you start looking at the art in the old comics, it’s like Marston can hardly get through an issue without ladies tying up ladies.)

Click play on the player at the top of the article to hear Mallow tell more.

The Not-So-Secret BDSM History Of Wonder Woman

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Speak Out Against Twitter’s Censorship of Sexual Health Info

To all sex educators and sexual health activists!

A petition is launched on Change.org to reverse Twitter’s ban on sexual health ads and education messaging– and this movement needs the support from sex positives like yourselves!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

The petition calls for Twitter to remove health items like condoms and other sexual health information from their adult content category which also prohibits weapons, drugs and hate speech.

What does sex education have to do with AK-47s and the KuKluxKlan? Nothing.

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Sexual Health Information Is Not Shameful; It Saves Lives

If you restrict the distribution of safer sex education your are impeding efforts to save lives.

This ban prevents business and organizations from extending their messages across one of the largest social media channels in the world- simply because this has something to do with sex. Such a policy only works to reinforce the shame and stigma attached to sex, which silences people and obstructs the ability to make informed, healthy choices.

A Twitter spokesperson did reply to this petition telling Think Progress that condom ads and safer sex messaging are allowed as long as they do not violate Twitter’s policy on sexual content. However, the spokesperson did not clarify what Twitter determines as appropriate “sexual content”.

The experiences of blacklisted organizations and companies proves that Twitter’s interpretation of “x-rated” can range anywhere from STD testing to condom size information.

People Are Speaking Out

Several safer sex advocates are speaking out. The STD Project was kicked off Twitter’s sponsored tweet program for their message explaining consultation services available for people recently diagnosed with an STI or have questions. The STD Project does not sell any adult sex products nor is linked to any sexually explicit content. Bedsider, a company that provides birth control information to young people has been blocked from Twitter’s ads on and off. In order to eligible, “[Twitter] asked us not to talk about sex in a way that is overtly pleasurable, if you will,” Larry Swiader, Director of Bedsider told RH Reality Check. “It’s a funny request because sex is pleasurable, it should be, and it’s healthy when it is.”

Companies Lucky Bloke and Momdoms have also explained that their promotions of safer sex have been deemed too x-rated for Twitter. Lucky Bloke’s entire account is blocked due to their sponsored tweet that read: “Tired or lousy condoms?” You can read more about Lucky Bloke’s story here at their safer sex education website.

How You Can Help

>—- Sign the Petition at Change.org here —-<

Use the hashtag #Tweet4Condoms

Share your thoughts @TwitterAds, @Twitter and Twitter CEO, @DickC

Go here for some pre-made tweets and images to share.

Share the petition with your networks and friends.

Join Us!

Be heard and help us advocate for access to comprehensive sexual health education across major media outlets. Have you signed the petition yet?

Have you been subject to Twitter’s irresponsible policy? Share below or on Twitter using #Tweet4Condoms

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New To The Education Game

My name is Amanda and I’m an aspiring sex educator.  From a young age, I knew that I had to be involved in the sex industry, one way or another.  It’s truly the biggest love of my life after my family.

I am essentially taught via the school of hard knocks, as I have no formal training as of yet.  I do hope to enroll into a sex educator course at some point in the near future.  My training comes from extensive research on my own, family members that have been involved for decades in the BDSM community, and my own experiences.  I am currently an employee at an adult shop and will be running seminars on all different topics at our location.  My specialty is BDSM, but I like to think of myself as a jack of all trades, master of none at this point in my career.  I hope to gain knowledge from all of the exceptional people on here, as well as share the knowledge that I have.

On the lighter side, I also write erotica in my spare time, so feel free to check out my blog as well!

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#MySexPositive Interview Series

Call for Writers, Sexperts, Educators, Activists!  The safer sex collective, Condom Monologues, is running an interview series about sex positivity.

The idea of the interview is to break down the painfully ambiguous term “sex positive” and reflect on the differences WITHIN the movement. This comes at a time when sex positivity is flourishing like never before.  But that abundance also means a crowded and confusing market of vibrators, workshops, lady blogs and sexperts. Some contradictory; some repetitious. Diversity is to be celebrated. But how do each of us sort through to find our own position within the sex positive community?

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Three Core Questions

The interview involves answering these questions.

1) Identify one or two trends, or influential people in the Sex Positive community that you identify with (or are inspired by) and those trends which you relate to not-so-much.

2) How do you define “sex positivity” for yourself and your work? In other words, what is your primary passion and how do you distinguish your writings and interests from other branches of thought within the sex positive movement?

3) What directions do you think sex positivity will take within the next 5 – 10 years? Or what topics and with what platforms would you like to see sex positivity develop more thoroughly within the next 5 – 10 years?

This series is about listening to the differences, the contradictions, the real experiences of sex positivity.  It is an opportunity for people who identify (or do not identify) with the movement to share their standpoints. It’s a way to learn more about ourselves and what matters through each other.

Participate in the series by simply sending us an email.  Hope to hear from you!

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Dates & Submission Deadlines – 2014 Feminist Porn Awards and Feminist Porn Conference

Feminist-Porn-BookFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jennifer DePoe, Good for Her Feminist Porn Awards, Jennifer@goodforher.com

Tristan Taormino, The Feminist Porn Conference, info@fpcon.org

TORONTO, October 23, 2013Good for Her, Tristan Taormino, and The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies announced the dates and submission deadlines today for The 2014 Feminist Porn Awards and The 2nd Annual Feminist Porn Conference.

The 9th Annual Feminist Porn Awards will be held April 3 and 4, 2014 in Toronto. The events include a screening of nominated films with directors, producers, and performers in attendance as well as the Feminist Porn Awards Gala at the Capitol Theatre. The Awards have been celebrating diverse sexuality, desire, and ethically produced porn since 2006. They offer audiences an alternative to mainstream porn and access to provocative sexy films that are sometimes not available to a wider audience.

“We’re very excited about receiving this year’s submissions. Every year we have an even more diverse group of films by people of all sexes, genders, bodies and desires to share with our growing audience. We look forward to seeing what expanded feminist expressions of porn look like on screen, and seeing more locally produced films,” says Carlyle Jansen, founder of Good for Her and The Feminist Porn Awards. The deadline for submissions to the Feminist Porn Awards is January 17, 2014.

The 2nd Annual Feminist Porn Conference will take place April 5 and 6, 2014, at the University of Toronto. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is December 23, 2013. The Feminist Porn Conference brings together academics, students, cultural critics, sex workers, activists, fans, performers, directors, and producers to explore the intersections between feminism and pornography as well as feminist porn as a genre, industry, and movement. The conference includes sessions devoted to both academic and non-academic presentations, film screenings, a keynote talk, and networking time. In addition, this year there will be a business track featuring workshops on production and filmmaking, legal issues, marketing and branding, social media, affiliate programs, and web-based technologies.

“I’m thrilled to return to the University of Toronto for the conference. Last year’s event exceeded all my expectations, and I look forward to expanding to two days of programming this year,” says Tristan Taormino, founder and producer of The Feminist Porn Conference. “Plus, with generous support from The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, we were able to move to a fully accessible building on campus.”

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Search committee formed to name new director of The Kinsey Institute at IU

KinseyBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A search committee has been formed to identify finalists for the position of director of Indiana University’s famed Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

The internationally recognized institute is currently led by Julia Heiman, who has been director since 2004. After two terms, Heiman is stepping down from the director’s position to return to her faculty position in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington. The search committee is launching an international search for the institute’s next leader.

“The Kinsey Institute is one of IU Bloomington’s most well-known research centers, with a long and storied history of providing insight to the research community and the world,” said Lauren Robel, provost of IU Bloomington and executive vice president. “Julia Heiman has been an outstanding advocate for Kinsey over the last 10 years, and I am confident that the search committee will identify a new director who will further the institute’s extraordinary legacy.”

The Kinsey Institute was established in 1947 by the late Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, a professor of zoology at IU Bloomington. Since then, The Kinsey Institute, which is supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington, has been a trusted source for research and information regarding critical research issues in sex, gender and reproduction. The Kinsey Institute collections encompass print materials, film and video, fine art, artifacts, photography and data from six continents. Its holdings span more than 2,000 years of human history. In 2004, the institute’s founder was the subject of the Hollywood film, “Kinsey.”

The interdisciplinary research questions pursued at The Kinsey Institute are related to the areas of psychology, neuroscience, biology, gender studies, public health, sociology, behavioral sciences and other fields — a research portfolio that reflects the complexities of studying sexual interests, sexual behaviors and sexual health.

“The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is committed to supporting sex research conducted at The Kinsey Institute,” said Sarita Soni, the vice provost for research at IU Bloomington. “The institute’s interdisciplinary research has great potential to draw faculty and students from across the campus, the university and the world. I am certain we will find a new leader who will further develop the Kinsey Institute’s research portfolio.”

The members of the search committee are:

  • Chair: Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and CIO, professor of information systems, IU Kelley School of Business
  • Ellen Ketterson, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Lynn Luckow, president and CEO, LikeMinded, San Francisco
  • Michael Reece, associate dean, School of Public Health-Bloomington
  • Deborah Widiss, IU Maurer School of Law
  • Sarah Wiehe, IU School of Medicine
  • Martin Weinberg, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Brian O’Donnell, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Stephanie Sanders, The Kinsey Institute and the Department of Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ruth Stone, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, College of Arts and Sciences

More information about the director search, including the full position posting, is available on the Kinsey Institute director search page.

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NCSF & LAM Present…

legal gavel medium (300x200)The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Leather Archives & Museum proudly present:
“BDSM? Erotic Play? What Are the Legal Risks?”

 

Where: Leather Archives & Museum
6418 N. Greenview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626

When: Saturday, October 19th from 2:30-5 p.m.
followed by a
wine and cheese reception for the benefit of LA&M and NCSF from 5-7 p.m.

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Job Opportunities at Good Vibrations

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Why work for Good Vibrations?

Our employees love working at Good Vibrations, voting us as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area in the San Francisco Business Times. We have a strong work ethic, a casual, yet dynamic work environment, and the opportunity to positively transform our society’s attitudes about sex. Good Vibrations values diversity, including all manifestations of gender and sexual orientation in the fulfillment of our sex-positive mission.

Interested applicants, for any of the positions listed below, please email resume@goodvibes.com and indicate if you are applying for Full Time
or Part Time and which location.

Good Vibrations seeking exceptional Sales Associates & Assistant Manager for Good Vibrations store (Palo Alto)

Good Vibrations is the industry leader for over 3 decades providing quality adult products and non-judgmental sex-positive education to enhance our customers’ lives.

We are looking for very friendly, extremely outgoing, motivated, high energy sales associates with a proven track record in retail sales and a passion for exemplary customer service for our newest store in Palo Alto opening soon!

Our ideal candidates will be reliable, dependable, confident in their up-selling and cross-selling skills.

They should have recent experience accurately performing retail processes such as cash handling, processing credit card transactions, communicating offers, promotions, loyalty programs, returns policy, opening/closing registers, re-stock the store and perform daily cleaning tasks in a team oriented retail environment.

Candidates with strong communication skills and non-judgmental comfort with sexuality are essential.

Interested applicants with weekend and evening availability are most desired.

We are looking to fill Full Time and Part Time Sales Associate positions for our new Palo Alto store. We are also seeking to fill an Assistant Manager position.

The rate of pay for our Sales Associate & Assistant Manager is $12.25 – $15.00 per hour Depending on Experience.

Bilingual Spanish/English a plus

Please provide your schedule availability when applying. Applicants MUST BE AVAILABLE NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS

The store hours listed may vary.

DAYS OF THE WEEK HOURS NEEDED:
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

EXAMPLE OF YOUR AVAILABILITY: 10AM-10:30PM

To apply send us your cover letter, resume and answers to the below questions in the body of the email reply, as a PDF or an MS Word attachment. Please include “PALO ALTO” & position you are applying for in the subject line.

** Resumes submitted without answers to the questions below will not be considered. **

  1. Describe in detail your retail experience and what things you enjoy about working in a retail environment?
  2. What types of Point of Sale (POS) register and computer skills do you have? Please describe how you have performed these in your retail experience.
  3. Please tell us about your customer service philosophy.
  4. We deal in a subject that is highly charged for many people. Have you had any training or experience working and communicating with people non-judgmentally about human sexuality and anatomy? For example, college courses, seminars, workshops? Please describe.
  5. What would you like us to know about your retail skills and work style? What do you consider to be your strengths and what are your challenges working in a retail environment?
  6. When you first read or heard about this job, what did you find most appealing?

Deadline: Open Until Filled.

Due to the large volume of interest we receive, we are unable to answer questions regarding applications.

Good Vibrations seeking exceptional Sales Associates (SF Stores)

Good Vibrations is the industry leader for over 3 decades providing quality adult products and non-judgmental sex-positive education to enhance our customers’ lives.

We are looking for very friendly, extremely outgoing, motivated, high energy sales associates with a proven track record in retail sales and a passion for exemplary customer service.

Our ideal candidates will be reliable, dependable, confident in their up-selling and cross-selling skills.

They should have recent experience accurately performing retail processes such as cash handling, processing credit card transactions, communicating offers, promotions, loyalty programs, returns policy, opening/closing registers, re-stock the store and perform daily cleaning tasks in a team oriented retail environment.

Candidates with strong communication skills and non-judgmental comfort with sexuality are essential.

Interested applicants with weekend and evening availability are most desired.

We are looking to fill Full Time and Part Time positions at our San Francisco Stores.

Our training wage is $12.00 per hour. Wage will increase to $12.25 per hour upon successful completion of the introductory period (90 days).

Bilingual Spanish/English a plus

Please provide your schedule availability when applying. Applicants MUST BE AVAILABLE NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS

The store hours listed may vary.

DAYS OF THE WEEK HOURS NEEDED:
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

EXAMPLE OF YOUR AVAILABILITY: 10AM-10:30PM

To apply send us your cover letter, resume and answers to the below questions in the body of the email reply, as a PDF or an MS Word attachment.

** Resumes submitted without answers to the questions below will not be considered. **

  1. Describe in detail your retail experience and what things you enjoy about working in a retail environment?
  2. What types of Point of Sale (POS) register and computer skills do you have? Please describe how you have performed these in your retail experience.
  3. Please tell us about your customer service philosophy.
  4. We deal in a subject that is highly charged for many people. Have you had any training or experience working and communicating with people non-judgmentally about human sexuality and anatomy? For example, college courses, seminars, workshops? Please describe.
  5. What would you like us to know about your retail skills and work style? What do you consider to be your strengths and what are your challenges working in a retail environment?
  6. When you first read or heard about this job, what did you find most appealing?

Deadline: Open Until Filled.

Due to the large volume of interest we receive, we are unable to answer questions regarding applications.

Good Vibrations seeking exceptional Sales Associates (Brookline, MA)

Good Vibrations is the industry leader for over 3 decades providing quality adult products and non-judgmental sex-positive education to enhance our customers’ lives.

We are looking for very friendly, extremely outgoing, motivated, high energy sales associates with a proven track record in retail sales and a passion for exemplary customer service.

Our ideal candidates will be reliable, dependable, confident in their up-selling and cross-selling skills.

They should have recent experience accurately performing retail processes such as cash handling, processing credit card transactions, communicating offers, promotions, loyalty programs, returns policy, opening/closing registers, re-stock the store and perform daily cleaning tasks in a team oriented retail environment.

Candidates with strong communication skills and non-judgmental comfort with sexuality are essential.

Interested applicants with weekend and evening availability are most desired.

We are looking to fill Full Time and Part Time positions at our San Francisco Stores.

Our training wage is $12.00 per hour. Wage will increase to $12.25 per hour upon successful completion of the introductory period (90 days).

Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus.

Please provide your schedule availability when applying. Applicants MUST BE AVAILABLE NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS.

The store hours listed may vary.

DAYS OF THE WEEK HOURS NEEDED:
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM
THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM

EXAMPLE OF YOUR AVAILABILITY: 3:00 PM – 10:30 PM

To apply send us your cover letter, resume and answers to the below questions in the body of the email reply, as a PDF or an MS Word attachment, with BROOKLINE in the subject line.

** Resumes submitted without answers to the questions below will not be considered. **

  1. Describe in detail your retail experience and what things you enjoy about working in a retail environment?
  2. What types of Point of Sale (POS) register and computer skills do you have? Please describe how you have performed these in your retail experience.
  3. Please tell us about your customer service philosophy.
  4. We deal in a subject that is highly charged for many people. Have you had any training or experience working and communicating with people non-judgmentally about human sexuality and anatomy? For example, college courses, seminars, workshops? Please describe.
  5. What would you like us to know about your retail skills and work style? What do you consider to be your strengths and what are your challenges working in a retail environment?
  6. When you first read or heard about this job, what did you find most appealing?

Deadline: Open Until Filled.

Due to the large volume of interest we receive, we are unable to answer questions regarding applications.