Jul 192013
 

LTS

Date: July 25, 2013

Time: 7pm

Location: Fascinations,

4111 E Virginia Ave

Glendale, CO 80246

Cost: FREE (must be 18+)

Ever wonder what all those letters stood for? Now you can find out! Learn about the basics of kink play, the difference between a whip, a flogger and a paddle, and what it means to be in a 24-7 relationship. Understand the differences between fantasy (like 50 Shades of Grey) and how to turn those thoughts into your own sexy reality, and how to bring up a little kink action in the bedroom to your partner. Whether you’re looking to join the local scene or just to add some spice into the bedroom, this is a great overview for anyone.

Plus, thanks to the amazing Crystal Delights, I’ll be giving away a glass toy with a Swavorski crystal base to one lucky attendee. Hope to see you there!

-Shanna

 

Jul 032013
 

Hey Colorado friends (especially those looking for sex ed in Denver) – This Saturday (July 6th) is my next Sex Ed Saturday class at Eden. We hope to see you there!

Sex Ed Saturdays! How Many Licks? Adventures in Cunnilingus

Sex Ed Saturdays at eden

at Eden

3090 Downing Street

Denver, CO (31st and Downing)

July 6th, 2013

Noon

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

Sometimes oral sex on a woman (eating out a vulva) can be one of the most intimidating sexual acts out there. Never fear; we’ll talk anatomy, taste, and technique, as well as proper positions, safer sex, body healthy lubes and more. All in all, you’ll leave confident and ready to try all you’ve gleaned from this workshop. Even if you consider yourself the most learned of lickers, you can always get a few new tips for tasting the velvet.

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

 

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 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)!

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May 012013
 

Hey Colorado friends – This Saturday (May 4th) is the first Sex Ed Saturday class at Eden. We hope to see you there!

Sex Ed Saturdays! Harness Your Pleasure: Strap on 101

Sex Ed Saturdays at eden

at Eden

3090 Downing Street

Denver, CO (31st and Downing)

May 4, 2013

Noon

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

Come learn all about the joys and pleasures of strapping it on.  Discuss the pros and cons of different kinds of harnesses (ever wonder what the difference is between a g-string and a dual strap?), learn how to properly inset cocks and dildos into the rings, and contemplate a plethora of positions.  This class is open to singles, couples and more-somes of all sexes and genders (we’ll cover pegging too, as well as using harnesses for cuckolding).  Never used a harness before? That’s fine – we’ll start with the basics. Plus, everyone will get to try on harnesses with toys to get a feel for the different styles, as well as figure out what works best for them if they so choose.  Come ready to play!

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

Facebook Event Link

Sep 042012
 

What: In Pursuit of Pleasure – An All Encompassing Sex Ed Class

Why: To raise money for the Center for Sex Positive Culture in Colorado and the Center for Sexual Pleasure in Health

Who: Shanna (me!) is putting it on, and anyone who would like to (18+) may attend

When: September 16th, 4pm

Where: Denver’s Dangerous Theatre

2620 W. 2nd Ave. #1, Denver, Colorado 80219
Cost: Sliding Scale of $5-$25 – pay what you can afford (extra donations welcome!)
Bonus: Everyone who attends will be entered in a raffle for sex toys, a massage gift certificate, and more!

From the ins and outs of anatomy, to the basics of blow jobs and eating out…and the intricacies of anal to a 101 of kink and what it is, this is a class about pleasure. Sexual Pleasure.

We’ll talk about butts, penises, vulvas and more (and yes, of course the puppets will be there!). We’ll talk sex toys. We’ll talk communication skills, and tips and techniques for sexual activities. We’ll talk BDSM, what it is, and some beginner level toys will be shared. Basically, it’s like a one-size-fits-all sexual education adventure, taught by Colorado Sexologist Shanna Katz.

It gets better: 100% of the proceeds will be split between the Center for Sex Positive Culture Colorado and the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. It’s sliding scale $5-25 (CASH OR CHECK PLEASE!), so pay what you can afford, and it will ALL get donated to sex positive organizations doing great work in the community. Everyone who attends will get a raffle ticket to win awesome prizes!

Must be 18+. Otherwise, open to all ages, sexes, genders, sexualities, orientations, races, ability levels, religions, ethnicity, relationship statuses, family statuses, etc. The workshop space IS wheelchair accessible; please contact if you’ll be needed an ASL interpreter or need a reserved space for accommodations. Invite everyone!

Shanna Katz, M.Ed, ACS is a queer kinky disabled feisty femme board certified sexologist, sexuality educator and professional pervert. From topics like vaginal fisting to non-monogamy, and oral sex to how sexuality and dis/ability intersect, she talks, writes and teaches about the huge spectrum of sexuality, both from personal and professional perspectives. She’s using her Master’s of Sexuality Education to provide accessible, open-source sex education to people around the country. For more info, please visit her sexuality education site, www.ShannaKatz.com. Questions about the class? Please email shannakatz@gmail.com

***Note: I am aware this is on Erev Rosh Hashannah. However, that is when I was able to get the space donated for free by the generous Dangerous Theater. Ergo, that is when it will be. My apologies if that interferes with your high holy day plans, and I don’t blame you if you’ll be at Schul instead!***

Jul 202012
 

Shanna and Eleven

For the very first time ever, I will be teaching in Chicago. Yes, the Windy City will be welcoming me and at least one of my vulva puppets as I descend upon the awesome feminist, sex positive toy store Early to Bed. It’s going to be my Ain’t Nothing but a G-thang class all about the sometimes elusive G-spot, vulvar ejaculation and more! It’ll be on Wednesday, July 25th.

Ever wondered where that often talked about “g-spot” resides, and how exactly you can find it, stimulate it, and really get the most of out it? Learn all about this mysterious pleasure zone from the anatomical side, as well as great ways to nurture and pleasure this sensitive zone of wonder.  Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to know about female ejaculation, we’ll talk about what it is, the make-up of the fluid, and how to work towards ejaculating if that’s your goal. G-spot workshops are great for people of all orientations, single, coupled, etc.

$20 per person ($15 low income/students). All adults welcome.

I’d love love love to see you at my class, whether we’ve known each other for years, or never met before. It is open to all ages (18+), single folks as well as partnered, and for people of all genders and orientations.

If you’d like to attend, please click here to sign up, and I’ll see you next Wednesday!

-Shanna

Oct 312011
 

I frequently speak on disability awareness, the intersection between disability and sexuality, and other such awesome topics. One big part of that when speaking to able bodied folks is talking about how to make their education and workshops that THEY provide more accessible overall.  Here are some quick tips to think about when writing/talking/presenting, whether around sexuality or anything else. Remember, it’s ok to mess up — I still do it sometimes. NO one is perfect, no one is an expert. This being said, take a moment to review the things you do and say, the language you use, and how you market your classes, and let’s work on recognizing able bodied privilege and working on reducing ableism in our communities.

Think about your language! Lots and lots of words and phrases in the English language come from an ableist perspective. Some are easy to call out; using retarded is not ok, period. Others have wormed their way in more sneakily — calling something lame is ableist, as is calling something (or someone) dumb. Idiot is also quite ableist, although not as obvious to most people. Another HUGE ableist word (and one I myself am still working on removing from my vocabulary, since it is so ingrained) is the use of the words crazy, insane, etc. Lots of people have issues that present mentally; who are we, lay people, to decide what sanity looks like? Saying someone is wearing a crazy outfit, or is insane because they are working to hard IS ableist, as prevalent as the language is in our culture.

Another way ableist language comes up as lot is in doing activities. Rather than say “everyone please stand” you can say things like “if everyone who can stand will please do so.” Instead of “please walk around the room” you can say “please move around the room.” Blanket statements like “everyone has two hands” might be less of an issue in small groups where you can see if people have two hands, but if you don’t know your audience, don’t make assumptions about what limbs people do or do not have.  Bethany Stevens, JD, is great at modeling access in her presentations introductions, and I’ve totally started doing it. Saying “can everyone who can see, see me ok?” and “can everyone who can hear, hear me ok?” is much more inclusive than “can everyone hear and see me ok?” I also make sure to let everyone know that I am open to requests for accommodations throughout the presentation and/or activities.

When you’re scheduling workshops, think about where they are at. If they are not physically accessible (either for wheelchair users, or anyone with a cane, crutches, or knee/hip/foot/ankle issues), you should probably put that on your flier/adverts. On that same note, if it IS accessible, put that on there — people love to know they are thought about and welcome. If it is somewhere in the middle, like there is a rear ramp somewhere, or you have burly folk willing to assist anyone who needs it, let people know that too. Even if you cannot find a perfectly accessible place (frequent in queer and kinky communities, or when working with non-profits who have to rely on donations of space), the fact that you are acknowledging accessibility is a huge step, and many PWD, myself included, can then make an informed decision about what attending will look like. Also, if you’re willing to provide an ASL interpreter, or describe the pictures/power point slides, make sure people know how to request those accommodations in advance, so that they don’t show up just crossing their fingers you have ASL savvy folks on staff.

People learn in different ways (Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences) and everyone processes at different speeds and in different ways. Regardless of who may or may not be in your audience, make sure to repeat your take home messages and important points more than once, and if possible, in more than one way. This will help EVERYONE “get” it better than if you just rattle off facts from your power point.

Know that some folks with disabilities comes with service dogs, or what I like to call service people. Sometimes, we need help getting in, getting settled, getting around, taking notes, making sure we understood what was said, having advocates, having people to carry our stuff, etc. Being respectful to us also means being respectful to our companions, whether of the furry or human variety. If someone mentions they’ll be attending with a service animal (or human), reserving a seat on the end of a row for the dog is generally appreciated. On the same note, if someone needs to see the ASL interpreter, or has vision issues and needs to be close to something to see it (and brings this up), making sure they get a spot close to the front shows consideration.

Having resources available in your area is awesome. Know who the sex positive doctors are; ones that aren’t going to flinch when someone says “how can I have sex safely, given that I have _____ or this condition?” Think about accessible spaces (accessible can mean lots of things; ADA, near public transit, affordable, etc) where people can get sex ed, and have their questions answered. Know who provides cognitive level appropriate sex education to folks with various developmental disabilities? Where can someone with disabilities (and/or their partner) find a local support group? Are their gynecologists near by who offer accessible exam tables to folks with mobility issues? This is just a start, but if you have answers to these questions, it’s a great place to get going.

These are just some very very very basic tips. I would love to hear other thoughts and suggestions on combating ableism in sex education (or education as a whole), as well as questions that other folks might have about providing inclusive settings. Let the discussion begin!

-Shanna

 

Sep 152011
 

One of my favorite things to do is speak on college and university campus about sexuality. Whether it is a talk about safer sex, communication, anatomy, intersections of identities, inclusivity, kink 101, or a class on sexual activity, college students are some of my favorite learners to have in front of me.

However, sometimes it can be difficult for college students to figure out how to bring a sex educator to campus. Between working with various groups, communicating with the sex educator, and promotions/advertising, it can sometimes seem overwhelming for the one or two students, or even student groups looking to bring someone to speak.

Luckily, one of my awesome interns has put together an easy guide chock full of tips on how to bring a sex educator (such as myself) to your campus.  As always, you can contact me if you’re interested in working together!

-Shanna

One of the things I get asked the most as a sex-educator-in-training and student organizer is,“how can we get someone like that to come to our school?” Luckily,I’ve done my share of organizing before (and have made enough mistakes!) and I can give you some general steps to getting that super awesome sex educator to your campus!

Start early (and ensure you get good seating)

When it comes to creating an event on campus,I’d say,the number one beginner’s mistake is not starting early enough. Unlike private events,or even organizational ones,university bureaucracy has a glacial pace – which will be worse if you are a state school,as you will have to jump through even more hoops in order to work with state regulations. Starting early ensures you will get the most help from your administration,and it also puts you in the best possible position for funding,which (at least at my school) is pretty freed up the first week of the semester and gobbled up not long after.

But we can’t limit this to just funding. You can be in an awesome position funding-wise,and it will not mean anything if you don’t have a good space to work with. The good meeting spaces tend to be reserved early,and you don’t want to get yourself stuck in that awkward classroom on the edge of campus just because that was the only place open. Having a central location will also help with passive advertising. What does that mean? An example:at my university,we had a couple of sex educators come to the student union,which gets tons of traffic that has nothing to do with specific events. People were able to see the posters about upcoming events,to be sure,but what captured a lot of attention was all the people lining up outside,and the groups tabling outside the event’s room. Because of this,we were able to attract a lot of people who were just wandering by.

Click here to read the entire page on bringing a sex educator to your campus….

Jun 282011
 

Hey Folks!

I’ll be in Philadelphia and New Jersey June 30th – July 5th, and have some open slots for one on one, two on one, three on one, etc sex coaching and counseling sessions, as well as invididual or group classes and workshops. Go ahead and contact me to let me know if you’d be interested in booking me while I’m on the East Coast, and we’ll get everything set up. Both counseling/coaching and workshops are always on a sliding scale to be as accessible for everyone as humanly possible!

-Shanna