The lectures, discussions and sex education workshops here are geared towards educational settings. You can also, of course, present any of the workshops on this page in these environments – however, these particular subjects tend to be the most often requested from Shanna by colleges, universities, and professional settings.
Flavors Beyond Vanilla: Non-Default Sexualities
Often times, college level classes may mention “alternative sexualities,” but then neglect to define them, or discuss them, often due to confusion and lack of information. This lecture covers a variety of sexualities and sex acts in a non-judgmental, completely informative way. It can be geared towards any classroom setting, and can include discussion on orientations (gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, asexual, pansexual, etc), gender identities, BDSM, role playing, polyamory/non-monogamy and more.
All Roads Leading to Pleasure: Sex Educators in the Real World
Ever want to know what it’s like to be sex educator in today’ society? Interested in going into the field of sex education? Or maybe you don’t really know what a sex educator does. Shanna shares her own crazy journey into the world of sex ed, from being a peer health educator in high school to the “vibrator shopping buddy” in college and from working for a feminist porn company as the advice columnist to being a full time professional sexuality educator today. The world of sex education is fun and always changing, and most importantly, can always use more sex positive people. From her journey to beginning yours, learn about what sex education means, different routes to becoming a sex educator, and much more.
I Know It When I See It: Ethical or “Feminist” Pornography
Ever wondered exactly what it is that makes porn “feminist” or “sex positive?” Join this discussion as we talk about definitions of pornography and obscenity, what feminism looks like in a sexuality context, and how sexual pleasure can be recorded in a feminist and sex positive way. We’ll discuss current companies who identify as sex positive, and what separates them (or not!) from current, mainstream pornographic productions. By the end of this talk, everyone will still have formed different opinions, but will be more educated as to what the sex positive porn movement is all about.
Alphabet Soup: Queerness on College Campuses
In the past decade alone, Gay and Lesbian has turned into LGBTQIAA and more, not to mention that the term queer has made a comeback as it is reclaimed by the community. What do all these letters mean, why are they relevant, and how can we support our ever growing community. Also, how can we support OUR community and show queer pride while still including all members of our campus, neighborhood, and community at large? This discussion covers all of this and more, and is great for RAs/CAs, staff, and faculty in addition to the student body.
If You Can’t Love Yourself, How the Heck Can You Love Anyone Else? (Body Autonomy and Positivity)
In today’s blitz of media and judgment surrounding our bodies, it can be incredibly hard to love yourself. From rules surrounding pubic hair to epic retouching with Photoshop, how are we to know what beautiful bodies really are? We’ll talk about body autonomy and body positivity, inclusive of size diversity, ability levels and much more, as well as discuss how we as a community can create a supportive and more body lovin’ space for everyone!
Living Outside the Box(es): Gender 101
This Gender 101 training is a great first look into the nuances of gender, including discussing transgender, cisgender, genderqueer and gender non-conforming identities. Designed for colleges/universities and other organizations looking to offer a basic workshop on gender (also great for offices, physicians, and other professional settings), this discussion and workshop is an intro into the concept of the gender spectrum, what it is, how and why people identify the way they do, and more. Ideal for settings that may have someone who is transitioning, or places that want to support participants who are of all gender identities and presentations. Includes an emphasis on using inclusive language, creating inclusive spaces and making sure the T is included as part of LGBTQ.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Identities and Intersections
Most of us have more than one identity we use for ourselves; our age, race, ability level, religion, sex, gender, orientation, height, kinks, etc. Moreover, we also have different identities depending on who we’re around. Add to that the different roles we fulfill in our communities, and sometimes it’s hard to keep it all straight. How do we decide how we identify, how to we figure out other peoples’ identities, and how to we choose our roles? This class will involve much discussion and conversation about our place in our community, how to communicate our identities, and how to learn about and validate the identities of others.
Playtime for Grown Ups: Sensational Sex Toys
As more and more people reach out to enrich their lives with sex toys, it’s important to help people educate themselves on types of toys, materials, ingredients in lubes, and healthy ways for them to incorporate these products into their lives. From the ground rule that “Lube is Love” to the difference between a dildo and a butt plug to a talk on phthalates and why they are dangerous to the body, this talk covers the basics of sex toys and lube, as well as how to talk to your partner about them, how to store them, and ethical places to get them.
Sexy Talk – Relationships and Communication
Sex sometimes seems so easy; put tab A into slot B and voila; sex. However, relationships (whether it’s a one nighter or the person you want to spend your life with) take a lot more work, particularly in the area of communication. This workshop talks about the Five Love Languages, different types of communication, how to reach out to your partners (or future partners) and make sure that they’re picking up what you’re putting down.
Latex, Lube and More, Oh My! Making Safer Sex Sexy
Ideal for high school or college aged students who would like to get a good idea of how to practice safer sexual activities in the sexiest way possible. Includes barriers, contraception, birth control, abstinence, where to obtain these methods, who can/should use which, how to talk to your partner(s) and your doctor, and more. Unlike many safer sex talks, this includes conversation on how to use safer sex in LGBTQ relationships, BDSM relationships, and extensive discussion on risk-awareness as it relates to actually using safer sex practices.
Dam if You Do! Safer Sex For Transfolk and Their Lovers
Safer sex is a very large realm, that often only covers pregnancy prevention and STIs in relation to heterosexual, cisgender PIV intercourse. When different genders, orientations and sexual activities come into play, many people get left out of the safer sex conversation. This workshop will talk about different names we give anatomy, what materials are useful regarding safer sex with a trans partner, how to discuss safer sex, what to use in a pinch, and how safer sex can play a role in keeping yourself and you partner(s) healthy.
Making It Work Outside the Box: Communication in Relationships, Kink and More
Communication is key, but how DO we communicate? More importantly, how does communication change (or not) once we break the boundaries of what are considered “traditional relationships”? In this workshop we’ll talk about the different styles of communication, the languages of love, types of non-verbal communication, why communication is so important, and how to adapt all of this for kinky AND vanilla relationships. We’ll gain an understanding about the basic types of relationships that people have in their lives, how we can map them, patterns to look for, and what we can get out of these maps. We’ll also touch on polyamory/non-monogamy – the various facets, whether it will work for us, and most importantly, how we can make it work when there are more than two people involved.
Coming Together: Women’s Health Discussion Group
This is designed for women identified folk of all ages, orientations, races and more to be able to ask the questions that often times get left unanswered. What type of soap should you use “down there?” How can you prevent getting STIs/yeast infections/BV, etc? Is it ok if I can only orgasm in a certain way? My body is changing – is this normal? I am attracted to a man/woman, but I’m gay/straight; what does this mean? I want to have more/less/different sex – how can I explain this to my partner? What is the best way to shave pubic hair? Does it mean I’m any less/more of a woman/feminist/____ if I do or don’t shave? All these questions and more, which are often hard to bring up in conversation, none the less get answered, are asked, discussed and answered in a safe space for women.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Consent Class
Sexual assault is a huge issue, particularly on college campuses. People don’t know the definition of sexual assault, and moreover, people don’t know the definition of consent. Let’s talk terms, and let’s talk consent. It’s not a women’s problem; it’s a people’s problem. Why don’t we keep our college students safe while not telling them to stop having fun and that it’s not ok to have sex. Sex positive message to students about keeping themselves and their friends safe.
Taking Sex Out of the Dark Session
This program is especially popular with college students who see Shanna as a “sexpert,” but still a younger person that can reach them at their level. Developed out of the well known sex in the dark idea, Shanna takes sex out of the dark, and answers questions that most students are worried about asking. This program is great for smaller groups of students (25-50 ish), especially those interested in sexuality.
Safe Spaces: Ally Education Program
Program geared toward students on college campuses on how to be allies and create safe spaces for their queer peers. Can be done to include staff and faculty as well. Great for freshman orientations and RA trainings, but good for any time throughout the school year. NOTE: This program can also be adapted for a work place setting or high school.
Trainings and workshops can be created on a variety of other issues. Please email Shanna at ShannaKatz at gmail dot com in order to book her or further discuss trainings, lectures, workshops and more.