Sexuality Superheroes: Michelle Hope

Uncategorized Jul 21, 2020

Michelle Hope is not your average Sexologist. We met at a coffee shop in Brooklyn by chance a few years ago and I’m so grateful she came over to say hi. She is a trailblazer and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her hosting her own big-brand TV show in the upcoming years.

A passionate edu-tainer, Michelle combines her love of pop-culture, entertainment, and sexuality into opportunities that educate and motivate. Holding a master’s degree in Human Development and extensive post graduate training in sexuality, Michelle applies an awareness of the holistic implications of sexuality on one’s life and presents information on the many different ways it intersects with various social identities: race, class, gender, sexual orientation.

She has also created a unique language to help people identify how sexuality is impacting their day to day interactions. As a veteran speaker with over 10 years of experience, she has delivered lectures across the country, working...

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Sexuality Superheroes: Linnea Marie

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2020

Say hello to this week's Sexuality Superhero, Linnea Marie! Linnea is a sex educator, speaker and reviewer of sex toys. She is based in the Pittsburgh area, but that doesn't stop her from spreading her sexual health knowledge about fellatio and female orgasm across North America! Get to know Linnea a little better by checking out her profile below.

How did you find yourself working in sexuality?

I was always that friend everyone went to for sex advice. I wasn't afraid to talk about it nor engage in the fun activities. I took Human Sexuality and Psychology courses in college, which really sparked my interest. It was during that time that I also experienced my first orgasm [my "ah ha" moment]! I was beyond upset that no one told me about that pleasure, so I decided to make it a mission to spread an educational awareness by talking about orgasms and other related topics. In 2011, I started selling sex toys and hosting private parties. I had a thirst for more knowledge so I...

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Road Trip Tips for Couples

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2020

Last week, we enjoyed a few days in Niagara on the Lake and the Beamsville Bench and this week we’re heading to Norfolk County and Ottawa. Now that we’re grounded, road trips are becoming the norm. For some, a road trip is far less stressful than flying, but most couples and families find that tension can build in small spaces regardless of whether or not you’re on a plane, train or automobile.

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Sexuality Superheroes: Chris Maxwell Rose

Uncategorized Jul 07, 2020

Say hello to Chris Maxwell Rose! Chris is the co-founder of Pleasure Mechanics. They're dedicated to delivering comprehensive sex education and is here to liberate all bodies! Read their feature below and learn more...

How did you find yourself working in sexuality?

I was a queer kid in the 80’s experiencing multiple forms of harm, looking for answers in the self-help section of the library. It was a direct line from those library shelves, to training as a peer sex educator, to starting a sex magazine in college, to the sex education community of San Francisco, where my sex-education godmother Annie Sprinkle introduced me to the grand-daddy of erotic massage, Joseph Kramer.

With Joseph I trained in the erotic massage lineage, co-developed the Sexological Bodywork training and started connecting my cultural studies with the somatic sex education work we were doing, and that’s when I met Charlotte and fell in love. It was 2006, internet video was just starting to be a...

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How COVID Has Changed Sex & Dating

Uncategorized Jul 02, 2020

Today on Global TV's The Morning Show, Jess discussed how sex and dating is being normalized during the COVID-19 pandemic with Carolyn and Jeff. Read her expanded notes below, and don't forget to watch the segment!

1. Discussions of testing have become more normalized and hopefully the destigmatization of sex talk outlasts the pandemic. If we can talk about hand washing, wearing masks and physical distancing with total strangers, hopefully we’ll continue the conversation with our lovers to discuss STIs, condom use and regular testing.

2. Safer sex practices have shifted and public health agencies are getting more creative in their approachesNYC Health official documents now talk about getting kinky:

a. Wear a face covering or mask. Maybe it’s your thing, maybe it’s not, but during COVID-19 wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth is a good way to add a layer of 3 protection during sex. Heavy breathing and panting...

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Sexuality Superheroes: Ayesha Hussain

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2020

Our latest Sexuality Superhero is Ayesha Hussain. Ayesha is the founder of The Violet, an adult cinema company with an emphasis on pornography. Ayesha is using their filmmaking to help heal their past trauma. Read their feature below now!

How did you find yourself working in sexuality?

Sex was always a really shameful part of my life growing up. I grew up in a Muslim household in the Midwest - not a lot of positivity around it in that environment. Then, when I was 13, I was raped. And sex became this overwhelming dark cloud of anger and upset that followed me around everywhere, and I eventually turned inward. Until I decided I was not going to let that define me and I was not going to hate myself because of it. I was not going to believe all of the things that society was telling me was wrong with me, was my fault, etc. And the best way I knew how to combat that was to be completely open and honest about sex. To be completely shameless. That led me to being really...

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Dr. Jess' Advice for Addressing Difficult Conversations About Racism

Uncategorized Jun 17, 2020

This morning on Global TV's The Morning Show, Jess shared her advice on how to approach difficult conversations surrounding racism with Jeff and Carolyn. Check out her notes, and don't forget to watch the segment below!

If I’m in an interracial relationship, what should I consider when talking about race with my partner?

1. Be open to learning and listening to your partner's experiences. Don’t assume that you have anything to add. Their experience is unique and you can’t always draw a parallel to your own. In short, remember that it’s not about you. We have a tendency to want to chime in and share our own stories of discrimination and stigma, but when it comes to race, if it’s not your own, it’s better to listen and offer support — not solutions.

2. In your openness to learning, don’t ask them to be your teacher. If you want to be an ally — and that’s an ongoing process not something you ever become...

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Sexual Pleasure: How to Really Enjoy Penetration

Uncategorized Jun 15, 2020

Feature photo by by Dainis Graveris on SexualAlpha.

I was recently asked a few questions about penetration: What does is mean if I don’t like it? I still like sex, but just don’t love penetration? Can I learn to like it more? What if I just don’t feel much? Does this mean something is wrong with me?

Here are a few thoughts:

You don’t have to enjoy penetration. You may not enjoy penetration for a range of reasons and there are many reasons why sex can be painful including physical changes (e.g. thinning of the vaginal walls, hormonal shifts, dryness, muscle spasms) as well as psychological factors (nerves, performance pressure, anxiety). Some people don’t enjoy penetration because it doesn’t provide enough clitoral stimulation or rubbing and grinding on the outside. Others don’t enjoy penetration, because they find it boring or associate it with seriously unsatisfying experiences.

Sometimes penetration is associated with former...

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Sexuality Superheroes: Elle Chase

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2020

If you don't know who Elle Chase is, get to know her a little better in this Sexuality Superhero feature. Elle is a certified sexuality educator, a pleasure advocate coach, sex consultant, author, speaker and so much more!

How did you find yourself working in sexuality?

I had a “sexual awakening” when I left my marriage. I started a curated porn site, LadyCheeky.com, that focused on body positivity, passion, sexual exploration and desire. People seemed to flock to it and started sending me questions about sex. The more I researched answers, the more I fell in love with (and saw a need for) pleasure inclusive sex education. I started reading every sex ed book I could get my hands on. I eventually attended the San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI) Sex Educator Training Program and began creating classes including my “Big, Beautiful Sex: Sex and Body Image” class and speaking on using porn as a vehicle for sexual exploration. Those two...

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Feeling Lonely in Quarantine? Dr. Jess Addresses These Viewer Questions!

Uncategorized May 29, 2020

This morning on Global TV's The Morning Show, Jess shares a few hacks with Carolyn and Jeff about how we can feel less lonely during quarantine. She also discusses managing work and personal relationships in isolation. Check out her notes and video segment below.

1) I'm single and live alone, it's been 10 weeks and I'm still lonely.  I have video chats with friends and family every day, I take my walk outside and even still I'm so lonely! Is there anything I can do or do I just have to wait this out until things go back to normal?

This is a common experience and I appreciate your speaking up. I think we need more dialogue about how our policies and many of the discussions around the distancing regulations don’t necessarily address the needs of the over 4 million Canadians (a number which has more than doubled in the last 35 years). Living alone is not only associated with higher risk of depression and anxiety, but when you’re alone...

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