Sep 222013
 

podcast

Want to hear me talk about everything from anatomy to sex & disability, sex education to how I ended up doing what I do? You’re in luck – check out my quick and dirty, 30-minute or so podcast with the absolutely fabulous sexologist Dr. Gloria Brame on the Gloria Brame show.

Click here to hear the podcast. It also is (or will be) on iTunes for download, for those of you who like to listen to sexual discussion while on the training, at your kids’ soccer practice, or while doing cardio at the gym (or any other time).

Enjoy!

-Shanna

Jul 252013
 


For the second year in a row, I’ve been voted a top 100 blog (this year, 31 to be specific) about Sex & Love & Dating by GetSTDtested.com. First of all, I’m stoked that a site focusing on STD and STI testing even compiles such a list; frequently, people think talking about safer sex and/or getting tested is dry and boring. And second of all, I’m glad to be on the list in such great company. To see the whole list, check it out here!

Also, they loved the recent series of blog posts by my intern around having a frank conversation about STIs (check out the Intern Corner to read all 5 parts), and are offering a deal for my readers:

As an online STD testing and treatment service, we appreciate your candid discussion of sex, sexuality and relationships (love the most recent articles about STIs!). As a gift to your readers, we would like to offer a unique coupon code for $25 off all STD and HIV testing. Users can enter code SHANNAKATZ at checkout for instant savings.

Yep, so if you perhaps didn’t have insurance, or live somewhere that doesn’t have awesome free HIV testing at Prides and city fairs, then now you can have more affordable testing as well.

Thanks for the award, and let’s keep on keeping on with conversations about safer sex, STIs and more, as part of our overall conversations and about sex and pleasure.

-Shanna

Jul 012013
 

I am so excited to finally be able to release this list of sex positive professionals in Colorado!

Not a week goes by that I am not asked, either online or in person, to refer someone to a trans or queer inclusive therapist, a poly aware relationship counselor, a doctor or massage therapist that will understand about cane marks or other kink bruises, etc. While I have always been able to suggest one or two people that may fit these needs, I realized the huge need here in Colorado for an inclusive list of medical professionals, mental health workers, alternative health practitioners and other professionals (hair stylists, lawyers, tattoo artists, etc) that are knowledgeable about and willing to work with queer folks, trans* folks, kinky folks and folks in poly relationships.

With the help of my intern Rebecca, I have worked to create such a list. The goal is to be able to update it monthly as other professionals wish to be added, or move out of state, or become more aware of how to support certain communities. The list currently features professionals who have self selected to be on the list, or who advertise as or are known for supporting these communities. Moreover, it especially features professionals who offer sliding scale services, working to provide sex positive services in a more accessible manner to those who may not be able to afford full prices.

Without any further ado, let me point to you this list of fabulous Colorado professionals who identify as sex positive service providers.

If you wish to be on this list, or know someone does, please contact me with your name, your business name, contact info (address, phone, email, website), the services you provide, whether your are queer/trans/kink/poly friendly, the cost of your services, and whether or not you offer sliding scale as an option.

Jun 122013
 

For the first time ever, I’ll be teaching some fun and fabulous workshops in New Mexico, in fact, in Albuquerque to be exact. At the end of June, I’ll be driving down to the Land of Enchantment with my partner, and part of this trip will involve two classes at the amazing Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center. The info is below, and you can buy tickets in advance — I hope to see many of you there!

Sexually Able: Intersections between Sex and Dis/ability

Self Serve: Sexuality Resource Center

Albuquerque, NM

June 22, 2013

8:30-10:00pm

$25 for an individual, $40 for pair/couple (need financial assistance, see below!)

Website (contact for tickets)

Self Serve is very happy to host the amazing sex educator and author Shanna Katz in Albuquerque! This is part class, part support group, for people who are differently abled and their partners. This discussion-based workshop addresses coming out to your partner(s), discussing ability levels, trying new things, correct terminology, negotiating sexplay and more. This class is for people of all ability levels who want to recognize themselves as sexual beings.  No one will be turned away from this class if they cannot afford to the ticket price and we are happy to offer financial assistance to those who need it. If you have questions, call the store at (505) 265-5815.

 

Fulfilling Fantasy: Role Play and Beyond

Self Serve: Sexuality Resource Center

Albuquerque, NM

June 24, 2013

8:30-10:00pm

$25 for an individual, $40 for pair/couple (need financial assistance, see below!)

Website (contact for tickets)

Join amazing guest sex  educator Shanna Katz in Albuquerque to learn about fulfilling your desires and fantasies. In this class, we’ll talk about the difference between fantasy and role play, bringing your fantasies and erotic role plays to life, different types of fantasies you may have never thought to explore and even how to get into a role without feeling silly. Come ready to share some of your wildest dreams!  No one will be turned away from this class if they cannot afford to the ticket price and we are happy to offer financial assistance to those who need it. If you have questions, call the store at (505) 265-5815.

May 312013
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Event Date:  Saturday, June 8, 2013

Contact:  Elissa Smith, 303-444-6121

BOULDER, CO – The Boulder County AIDS Project and Out Boulder are teaming up to host one of the largest LGBT and ally events in Boulder, a special benefit night of The Wizard of Oz at the Boulder Dinner Theatre, on Saturday, June 8th.

“This has been such an exciting year for the LGBT community, with the passing of civil unions in Colorado and the progress towards marriage equality across the country.  June is Pride month in Colorado, and this special night of theater comes at the perfect time to celebrate!” said Aicila Lewis, Executive Director of Out Boulder.  At the show, there will be a special acknowledgement of the couples who became parties to a civil union on May 1st, the first day that civil unions became available to gay and lesbian couples.

Like all girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. Come join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the yellow brick road in search of the almighty Oz. With all your favorite songs: Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), The Merry Old Land of Oz, and more.

Attendees on June 8th will choose from the Boulder Dinner Theatre’s expanded menu selection (including prime rib and salmon), receive complimentary beer and wine and their choice of three dessert options, and will enjoy being part of this special night for the LGBT and ally community.  Proceeds from ticket sales will be split between BCAP and Out Boulder.

Tickets are available at www.bcap.org, and are $95 or $115 each.  Please call Elissa at BCAP at 303-444-6121 with any questions.

The Boulder Dinner Theater is located at 5501 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder.

May 292013
 

Hey Colorado friends (especially those looking for sex ed in Denver) – This Saturday (June 1st) is my next Sex Ed Saturday class at Eden. We hope to see you there!

Sex Ed Saturdays! What’s Up with the Butt? Anal 101

Sex Ed Saturdays at eden

at Eden

3090 Downing Street

Denver, CO (31st and Downing)

June 1, 2013

Noon

$10-20 sliding scale (pay what you can afford)

Anal is an incredibly popular topic of conversation; everyone wants to know why one does it, how ones does it, and everything about it.  Get down with some backdoor basics from info on anatomy to lube love, and of course, how one gets going with the butt loving. Butt sex is on everyone’s mind, so let’s get talking about it. This is a great class for both anal first-timers as well as those more versed in the art of revving up the rear. Everyone loves a fun and fabulous anal sex workshop!

Brunch and booze available for purchase (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo friendly food)!

Facebook Event Link

May 282013
 

We’re hitting summer, which is a big season for me as far as offering private workshops. Not shockingly, my most popular private workshop for girls’ nights in, bachelorette parties, etc, is my Suck on This: Adventures in Fellatio workshop. Why? Because people talk about these types of workshops, because some companies offer them en masse, and because people don’t realize you can have just as fun of an evening with a cunnilingus (oral sex on a woman) or anal sex class.

However, my blow job workshops, here in the beautiful state of Colorado, are more unique than they are run of the mill (but really, are blow job classes really ever run of the mill??). Yes, we all get to practice and dildos and/or zucchinis (with flavored condoms) to really nail down the tricks and techniques discussed. That is not all though – we talk about anatomy, we talk about how to get yourself off (or at least stimulated) while giving a blow job, how to converse with your partners about blow jobs, oral action, and really, sexuality in general. Plus, everyone at my fellatio workshops gets lube to take home, and the host/hostess gets a little extra present as a thank you for setting them up.

All of my workshops are on a sliding scale, and I ask people to pay what they can afford. I can teach to groups as small as 4 or 5, or as big as 20 plus, in the comfort of your own home, your friend’s home, or even a private room at a bar, community center, etc. Also, unlike many companies that put on blow job classes with a rule that it is for women only, my sexuality workshops (all of them, not just fellatio) are open to people of all genders and all orientations.

Interested in booking a blow job party? Or one of my other sexuality workshops? Whether you want to book it for this month, or for a year out, I’m happy to get you on my calendar for an evening of fun, information, and a great time to be had by all. I offer my blow job classes in the Denver Metro area, including border, and for a travel fee, I’m happy to travel anywhere in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Wyoming, and even nation wide if my plan tickets are covered. Head over here and contact me through my contact form, and we’ll set up a night to remember for you and your friends!

May 072013
 

Hello all!

I will be taking one or two interns for the Summer 2013 and here is the post about it, as many have asked. Please read below, pass on to anyone you think may be interested.

Pay: Unpaid, but happy to work on getting college credit. Free toys, etc, as bonuses, as well as a reference/future letters for future employment.

Time commitment: Approximately 5-8 hours a week. Schedule is flexible.

Location: Telecommuting interns welcome. Must have access to internet, preferably Skype or at least G-chat, and/or phone. Skype or in-person (Denver) meeting required on monthly basis.

Description (these are all of the things I’m looking for — am happy to divide it more into a sex ed intern and a marketing intern, if that’s what people applying tend to want) – inclusive but not limited to:

*Work on managing/organizing social media; creating press release lists, etc

*Streamline, create and mail monthly newsletters.

*Work on creating a one sheets for my books (as well as signings, podcast interviews, etc).

*Create marketing plan for both sex education and relationship counseling parts of job.

*Contact national schools, universities, sex toy stores, dungeons, kink conferences, book stores and more regarding bookings (involves procuring contact information).

*Create pamphlets on specific activities, safer sex, communication styles, and more.

*Help to write/create posts on healthy and enjoyable anal sex, g-spot play, kink basics, understanding gender and orientation, and more for website and handouts.

*Organize demo sex toys – catalog, etc.

*Work with gaining sponsorship, raffle items and bookings for Fall semester 2013/Spring semester 2014.

*Compile resource lists (inclusive of queer, kink and poly communities) for relationship violence, sexual assault/violence, doctors, therapists, etc.

*Work on translation of posts into Spanish

*Work on offering video workshops in both English and ASL

*And more as the needs may arise.

If interested, please send your answers to the following inquiries and a writing sample (blog post, paper, press release, etc) to shannakatz at gmail dot com by May 25th.

Name:

Age (must be 18 due to nature of some content):

Social media contact info:

Location:

Language(s) spoken:

Other jobs/activities you have/participate in:

Sexuality education/experience:

Internet experience:

Marketing experience:

Why you’re interested (and what parts you’re interested in particularly):

What you could bring to this internship:

What makes you a unique applicant:

Apr 282013
 
 At present, we (myself and my intern Rebecca) are compiling a list of Colorado business providers that are friendly to individuals who identify as Kinky, Queer, Polyamorous, and/or Transgender.  Although there are networks in existence that aid in finding nondiscriminatory providers, there remains a need for a comprehensive and accessible list so that individuals who identify as any or all of the above along with their allies may make educated decisions about their service providers.  receive the services they deserve  or individuals who are allies to the queer community may get the services they need and/or make educated decisions about their service providers.  This list aims to fill that need.
If you or your business would like to join our growing list of Kinky, Queer, Polyamorous, and Transgender friendly organizations here in Colorado, we would love to have you on the list. It is open to all type of providers; medical, mediators, therapists, massage therapist, lawyers, etc.
If this is of interest the information we will need from you is listed below.
Information we need from YOU:
1. The service you provide.
2. Your name and/or organization, plus contact information.
3. Your specialties.
4. Pricing.  Please note we will be highlighting individuals who offer sliding scale services.  Please let us know if that is indeed the case.
5. Any other information.
Please send the above information to rebeccaberen @ gmail. com to be included.
Thanks!
-Shanna and Rebecca

**If you are a M.D., Counselor, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, and/or Massage Therapist please let us know which of the above four populations you are most comfortable/experience working with.  If you are comfortable working with all four populations, then list all four.  The reason we would like to know this is because your profession often brings you into contact with the patient in a more physically intimate way than the majority of other professions.  Because this is the case, individuals may wish to take special care when selecting a provider in this field.

Mar 272013
 

Both folks online and those attending my workshops are always asking me for an inclusive list of all of the sex toy and lubricant companies that create body friendly sex toys and lubes. I usually point them over to the Coalition Against Toxic Toys (aka, BadVibes.org), but their list, while excellent, is much shorter than all of the companies out there producing good products. And of course, if you check out my list of Feminist and Sex Positive Toys Stores, you’ll be more likely to find good quality, body safe sex toys and lubes there.

That all being said, I’ve spent the last few weeks putting together the most inclusive list I could of body friendly sex toy companies and body safe lube companies. I’ve asked other sex educators, sexuality retailers, bloggers, etc, and together, we have created this list of companies. Now, they could certainly change their products, and I might not know, so if you have info on them producing toxic toys, just contact me. Also contact me if you know of a body friendly company that is not yet on the list, and I’ll update it. However, please note that I am trying to feature companies that are completely phthalate and other chemical free, so while some larger toys companies DO produce SOME body friendly toys, they are not listed because other toys they make are dangerous for bodies.

And with no further ado, I present to you, my list of Body Friendly Sex Toy and Lube Companies.