Mar 122012
 

Out Front Colorado is having a write in contest for all of the best things in Denver. They seemed to have left out the Best Local Sexuality Educator.

If you’d be so kind to click here and vote in the last write in box (where you can write in anything you want) and vote for Best Sexuality Educator: Shanna Katz, I’d really appreciate it!

Much love,

Shanna

Link to outstanding award nominations: http://outfrontcolorado.com/ofcblog/outstanding-award-nomination/

Apr 112011
 

Didn’t happen to sign up for my monthly Sex Education newsletter in time? Luckily for you, it is available for anyone and everyone to read online.

Click here to read the April Edition of the Katz Meow.

Want to be signed up to get the newsletter delivered to your inbox in the future? Easy as pie! Just click here to sign up — I promise I won’t sell your info, spam you, etc.

Stay tuned for more excitement in upcoming months!

-Shanna

Feb 032011
 

This afternoon, I’m super excited to have one of my favorite dommes in the entire world on my Let’s Talk Sex Radio show at 4pm MST. Who could it possibly be?

Why, it’s Mistress Saskia, the headmistress of Pavlovia Denver, owner of the RACK Room, and all around awesome-sauce person!

Mistress Saskia Pavlovia Denver

Mistress Saskia of Pavlovia Denver (Photo Credit: Bizarre Mag)

We’re going to talk kink, BDSM, ropes, role play and oh so much more, for the most novice bondage beginner to those who have lived in the lifestyle. Plus, as always, toy reviews, lots of giveaways, the Position of the Day game, and lots more fun.

Just listen to 1100AM KFNX in the Phoenix area, or head over to the Let’s Talk Sex Radio Show webpage to stream it live on your computer. Tune in, turn on, and have fun!

-Shanna

Nov 262010
 

When at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Conference in Vegas, my good friend and fellow sex educator Megan Andelloux and I got the chance to tour the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, NV. It was my second trip, but Megan’s first. We had a blast, and just before heading out, shot this photo. Can you see what makes it erotic? Hint: It’s NOT two women in one bed!

Nov 122010
 

As many of you know, I am very open to sexuality. It’s my entire world view to bring more sex positivty to every community I am in, and to help open people’s eyes to the huge spectrum of sexuality and learn to welcome and acknowledge differences. Your kink is not my kink, and all of that.

However, the one exception to all of the above is the lack of consent. All parties must, absolutely MUST be consenting to whatever activities go on. This means that while I support people who do consentual, negotiated rape play, or those who put dominance in their life style, I do not personally support sexual assault, rape, or sexual violence. Why? There is a lack of consent, and to me, that is the absolutely most important thing. Same goes for play with animals; if you want to dress up as your pony self and have your trainer feed your carrots, I am all for exploring that. However, the moment that an actual horse is involved? Consent is not long in the picture, as I believe that animals CAN NOT consent. My judgement is not on the person, but I absolutely cannot support or even condone any act, sexual or otherwise, that has a lack of consent.

This all said, I want to make a statement about an e-book that was recently put on Amazon, and as of today, has been taken down. It is entitled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct, and the supposed goal was to (according to the author):

“This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certain rules for these adults to follow,” the author wrote in the product description. “I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter [sic] sentences should they ever be caught,” Greaves said in the product description.

I support free speech as a citzen of the US. I know how important it is, and overall, oppose censorship. Heck, my name is on the Google instant blacklist. People in the field of sexuality find themselves censored all the time (and by Amazon no less).

However, in my heart, I cannot support a book that condones non-consensual behavior…and I believe that children are not in fact able to consent. At the age of 8 or 9, kids are not mentally developed enough make an educated decision about sexual activity, and certainly not if they are younger. Because consent is so important to me, I must say that I understand the outcry regarding this book, and while my head has issues with the censorship of any material (I’m sure though that he could self publish and distribute if he really wanted to, so he’s not completely being shut down), my heart is completely not ok with the fact that someone is publishing a guide on how to have non-consensual sex. It feels to me as if I would should someone publish a “Rape: Sexual assault — how to do it and love it” type of book. As a sex educator who constantly promotes sex positivity and consensual sexual behavior, I feel it is my duty to inform people that despite my concerns about free speech, I think this book is dangerous and could pose huge hard to children should it normalize/ok a non-consensual behavior.

Everyone has their own opinion, and you are welcome to share yours in the comments. However, rude comments,  and flammers (trolls too) will be deleted.

-Shanna

Sep 102010
 

I am in a field where life is always hard. Now, this is true for most people; people in the service industry are on their feet all day and deal with rude people, teachers deal with puffed up parents and out of control students, etc.

However, a few thoughts about the field of sexuality and sex education:

There are no other fields I can think of where educators/consultants are hired, told that they won’t have any of their travel expenses (food, flight, accommodations) covered, and that the educator/consultant may or may not actually make money, depending on how many people (if any) show. This is the norm for the sex education industry. Certainly, if you’re lucky enough to get to speak at colleges, many will at the least guarantee a speaker’s fee, but even still, few cover travel, or if they do, reimburse you for sometimes very large expenses MONTHS after your speaking engagement. I have paid literally thousands of dollars over the past four years to travel to places to speak. Sometimes, I break even, but most times, I’m in the red. I’ve had classes canceled because no one registered, and sat in rooms waiting for 1 person so I could at least do my presentation. I’ve sat in other rooms, filled with 50-60 people, and made enough to cover my motel, or maybe food and taxi, but definitely never airfare. I cannot see most motivational speakers, political consultants, or IT tech specialists doing that or putting up with it, but it is the norm in this field.

Secondly, this is a field where people are constantly trying to undermine you. For example, the drama with Margaret Brooks (who has NO sexuality background what so ever) calling out Megan Andelloux, May May, and other, saying horrible and slanderous things about them…not because they were bad at what they did, or did anything wrong, but SOLELY because they believe in sex education. While I was not name, I found myself targeted in many of her tirades because I spoke at Brown University during Sex Week 2010. Even my class on sexuality and disability was consider an aberration. People hate on sex educators not because of their amount of education, or professionalism, or skills (or lack there of); no no, we are constantly coming under attack just because we have a passion for educating others on the important issue of sexuality.

How about the concept of “finding someone out?” Many sex educators, bloggers, etc use pen names/work names. Sometimes, it’s their first name and middle name, leaving out the last name. Other times, it’s a completely new name. Why? For protection. Sometimes from people who like what we have to say a little too much, and other times from the anti-sex positivity people. It’s scary. I choose to work under my real name, as I got my Master’s in Human Sexuality Education under it, and I am proud of this. In doing so, I am opening myself up to stalkers, to never being able to work a traditional job without people knowing who I “really” am, etc. My partner has been scared about this numerous times.

Most recently, I was trying to switch my twitter name to ShannaKatz. Why? Because I would be easier to find (it’s currently under my old pen name/roller derby name). I want it to be more professional. I want to be more accessible as “me.” I posted about doing this, and before I could claim @ShannaKatz, someone else did. And created a fake, impersonating/rude and inflammatory profile. I don’t see that happen to Prof1234 who tries to switch to MrJones, or sewerrat89 who wants to be JaneSmith. Because I work in the field of sexuality, I am opening myself up to this. (Note: I would HIGHLY suggest that anyone in the field of sexuality; writers/educators/bloggers/etc, who is on twitter under a pen name, register for your “real name” account as well, and just park it, so that you never have to deal with this. Despite literally HUNDREDS of people marking it as spam, and me reporting it to twitter as impersonation, it’s still up).

It is 2010, and we are still terrified of being open and accepting about sexuality. We still say hateful things, we use the term whore in a derogatory manner, we call out porn stars as bad people while we secretly watch porn at home. We ask sex educators when they’re going to get a “REAL” job, or on the other end of things, assume that because we’re educators in the field of sexuality, that we’re open to be sexual with anyone, or at the very least, we want to share our own sexual experiences whenever we’re asked.

I wouldn’t change my career. I spent four months last summer making twice of what I make now, working in an international company’s corporate office. I was bored out of my mind (having done all the work in record time, as I’m used to being my own self, my own marketer/PR, my own personal assistant, my own travel agent, etc, I somehow got all of the work done in half the time allotted to me). I love what I do; I love educating people, and continuing to learn things myself. I love travel. I love seeing people’s faces light up when they finally “get” something, and seeing people cry with joy when they have their identities validated. I love helping people. And this all makes it worth it.

Despite this, however, I feel like I’m on the front lines of a battle. I have to fight not only to have my voice heard, but also to keep myself from being dragged through the mud…not because of anything I did, or even who I am, but only because I believe in people’s right to be educated on sexuality. I’m constantly defending myself, pulling myself over hurdles, dragging myself out of holes, dodging bullets, tip toeing carefully for fear of setting off a mine.

At least it is never boring.

-Shanna

Aug 202010
 

Below is a letter from one of my absolutely favorite people, and one of the best and brightest sex educators in the field, the lovely and talented Megan Andelloux. In addition to traveling the country providing sexuality education to colleges, medical schools, toy stores and more, she is also the founder and operator of the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Rhode Island. This year, the Center will be putting on its 2nd Annual conference in October, and if you at all have the means to do so, I highly suggest to mark your calendars and head there on October 10th for an educational experience that just cannot be missed.

-Shanna

Hi!

I’m writing in hopes that you will be able to attend The 2nd Annual Conference held at The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health on October 10th, 2010.

As a certified sexologist and sexuality educator, I know how difficult it can be to locate sex positive information and so, for the 2nd year in a row, The CSPH will gather the sex-positive community together again for a few hours to promote sexual health, pleasure and advocacy issues.

Titled “Talking About the Taboo: Discussing Difficult Issues in Human Sexuality” The CSPH hopes to highlight the current day challenges, achievements and hot topics that the sex positive world works with.  This annual event finds the commonalities between the different communities and services all of the invited guests provide.  It seeks to bring the different fields of sexuality together in hopes of supporting one another while educating the public.

The CSPH is dedicated to empowering and educating individuals about sexual health and pleasure.  With a brick and mortar location created for individuals to access reliable and relevant resources regarding sexual issues, The CSPH offers sexual health resources, counseling, lesson plans, and education materials, creating an environment where community members can come together to advocate for sexual health, pleasure and education. There is no other group on the East coast that combines advocacy, education, and healthcare all under one roof.

The 2nd Annual Conference will be held in The Grant Building (where the CSPH resides) located in historic downtown Pawtucket.  http://www.thegrantat250.com.  The event itself is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 10th, from 1:00-5:00pm.  Our plenary speakers include: Dr. Charlie Glickman, Dr. Logan Levkoff, Dr. Anita Wagner, Princess Kali and Sinclair Sexsmith.

Last year we had over 250 people attend and had thirty organizations present.   Health care providers and medical schools set up booths providing medical information and sex toy companies showed off their wares.   This year we have new professional organizations dealing with aging, gender, sexual exploration, addiction, sexuality journals, and sexual assault prevention to add to our roster.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health at the number below.  This event is open to both the community and professionals for it’s not often we can gather the many different components of sexuality issues together,  so we hope that you will join us!

To help ease in your attendance there is plenty of free ample parking,  and a silent auction will take place ensuring that participants who would like to go home with some goodies will be pleasantly excited.

Please feel free to pass this information along and we hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Megan Andelloux

Sexuality Educator, AASECT
Board Certified Sexologist, ACS

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
250 Main Street, Box 11, Pawtucket, RI 02860

www.TheCsph.org
TheCSPH@gmail.com

Aug 182010
 

I’ve decided to go the trendy way, and have a fancy schmancy monthly newsletter. Want to sign up for it? (I promise not to send it more than monthly, not to spam you, sell your info, etc) You can either click here to register for it, or put your email address into the oh so cool widget at the top of the right column.

Either way you sign up for my Shanna Katz Sex Educator Newsletter, you’ll get info on classes/workshops/discussions/conferences/etc that are coming up, new sex toys and sex toy reviews, porn reviews, important news, sex tips, sales/coupons for toy sites, and much more!

Thanks in advance for signing up!

Shanna

Aug 022010
 

Ain’t Nothing but a G-Thing: G-Spot Play!

Ain't nothing but a G-thing class

This Thursday (August 5th), I’m teaching a free class in Scottsdale, AZ for Fascinations on G-spot play. It’ll include some talk on the anatomy of the G-spot (what it is, where it is, and of course, Viviane the Vulv Puppet), how we can find, stimulate and play with the G-spot, and even a little bit on female ejaculation. Whether you’re a newbie or a Grafenberg Spot Guru, this class promises to be fun and informative for everyone.

Ain't Nothing but a G-thing

Plus, the first twenty people who show up get a FREE $10 gift card to Fascinations. Add to that food, drinks and raffle, and what more could you want out of sex education? 18+ only please. Store is accessible.

Hope to see you there!

-Shanna

Jul 132010
 
Shanna Katz Full Spectrum Sexuality

July 15th Workshop

To all of you who are in the Denver Metro area; I invite you to my FREE workshop this Thursday at the  Fascinations in Arvada, CO, at 7pm. Again, it’s free to all who come, and every one who attends this workshop will get a $10 gift card (good in any of the stores, or online at Funlove.com , as well as food and drink, and an entry in a raffle to win gift cards and more.

We often talk about sex acts, but it’s rare that we sit down and talk about sexuality as a whole. Is it ok to masturbate in a relationship? Why exactly do we talk about “lube is love?” How do I introduce sex toys into my relationship? What if I’m not horny. All these are topics for discussion, as well as sex toy 101, info about materials, lubes and more.

Hope to see you there!

-Shanna