Feb 272014
 

Mark your calendars:

I”ll be on Tristan Taormino‘s Sex Out Loud radio THIS Friday the 28th at 8pmET/5pmPT (6pm MST) talking about Your Pleasure Map, sex & disability, and why sex ed should be more accessible, as well as some other fun and fabulous topics.

Click here to listen to the hour long podcast/online radio show.

Don’t worry – if you miss it, you can download it on iTunes and listen to me forever!

More info:

http://tristantaormino.com/2014/02/26/feb-28-shanna-katz-on-passion-for-queer-sex-open-source-sex-education-and-the-intersections-of-sex-disability/

Dec 082013
 

Lelo Gigi 2

Lelo is one of the best known “luxury” toy companies on the market, and in fact, the original Gigi vibrator was the first ever high end and re-chargeable vibrator I owned, almost eight years ago. Why? Because its design it brilliant. You can use it for internal stimulation, including almost perfectly for G-spot stimulation in most bodies that have G-spots (although not all, because everyone’s body is different and there is no one magical anything that will perfectly satisfy everyone sexually in the same way, period), or for external stimulation of the nipple, clitoris, penile shaft, scrotum; you name it. It’s made of 100% medical grade silicone, meaning that you can sterilize it by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution, letting it dry, and then washing it off. Once you’ve sterilized it, you can share it with friends, lovers, etc without fear of transmitting STIs or bacterial infections. Plus, you just recharge it as needed, so you never need to worry about whether you have enough of the right size batteries with you.

All of these things made the original Lelo Gigi truly wonderful, so when they came out with a Lelo Gigi 2, I was excited to be one of the first to try it out. One of the benefits of the new model it that is is 100% waterproof, so you can take this delightful pleasure object with you into the shower, the hot tub, etc, to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Another is a slightly softer silicone, though to be honest, I had no issues with the silicone on the original Gigi. Now, supposedly, it is also 100% more powerful, but we didn’t find that; it seems to be perhaps slightly more powerful than the original, but it isn’t close to the Hitachi or the Mystic Wand. It really just depends on what your needs are; not everyone wants a weapons grade sex toy!

Make sure you get a bottle of good quality, water based lube to go with this, as silicone lube and silicone toys do not mix. I love that the Lelo sex toys all come with their own little adorable storage bags; make sure to make use of them to keep your beautiful new toy from sticking to any of your other amazing vibrators or dildos…that would be a very very very sad day.

Click here to get a NEW Lelo Gigi 2 for your very own!

 

Dec 022013
 

Minna Ola

I first saw this toy in its beta stages at the AVN Expo in Las Vegas, 2011. I was so excited because it was new and different, and really brilliant for a lot of the folks who had asked me for a sex toy recommendation.

Now, you may look at it, and say “Shanna, the Minna Ola looks nice, but it just looks like a fancy Lelo or Je Joue toy, even down to the similar coloring!” This is true. And, like the Lelo sex toys, Je Joue Vibrators and even the Jimmy Jane sex toys, the Minna Ola charges, rather than runs on batteries (better for the environment and better for you; you don’t have to take the batteries out to travel, and you are never in fear of having to rustle through your remotes because you’ve used up all your spare vibrator batteries). So similar, yes, but also different.

Why? Because you create your own vibration patterns and it remembers them. While some toys may have 5, 7 or even 9 different vibration patterns, the Minna Ola vibrates as you squeeze the pad. The harder you squeeze, the more intense the vibrations. Once you let go, the vibrations stop. You want it to go start, build up, wind down, build up, wind down? Done. You want it to go on/off/on/off/on/off? Done. On for 7.5 seconds, off for 3.2 seconds, on for 3.2 seconds, off for 7.5 seconds? Done. Whatever vibrational pattern you want, you can make it happen, and it will memorize it for you. Oh the experiments I hope will happen!

Minna Ola is made of silicone, so is shareable if you sterilize it (I’d recommend wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution, letting it dry and then washing it off — don’t boil or dish wash this type of toy because it has electronic parts inside). Its design allows it to be used internally or externally (although not really both at the same time). Overall, it is a brilliant design by some nerdy folks who broke into the sex toy industry (after doing something more traditionally technical) with this incredibly creative idea.

Drawbacks? It is complicated to figure out the first time or two, especially if you are in the middle of the action (rather than sitting on the couch and reading the accompanying book to figure out exactly what does what and how to make it work the way you would like it to). Compared to some toys, like the Hitachi, it doesn’t have as much power as some people need…and yes, it is at a higher price point. However, you can get 10% off by entering shannakatz2013 at checkout, to make it a little bit more affordable. And oh yeah; it comes with a one-year limited product warranty. Heck, that is more than I can say for my hot iron!

Head over to the Minna Life site to buy your own Minna Ola, and don’t forget that shannakatz2013 gets you 10% off!

-Shanna

Oct 092013
 

We’re giving away 10 COPIES of Lesbian Sex Positions, by yours truly. It comes out November 19th, and you’ll be one of the first owners. Information below on how to enter!

Shanna

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lesbian Sex Positions by Shanna Katz

Lesbian Sex Positions

by Shanna Katz

Giveaway ends November 19, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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 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

 

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)!

Facebook Event Link

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.

Nov 082012
 

For those who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I recently had some of my sex tips published, along side sex educators Megan Andelloux and Sadie Allison, in the November issue of Cosmo.

Unfortunately, that issue is already off shelves. Luckily, a friend scanned her copy for me, so if you’d like to check out some of our ideas on how to please your partner (let’s be real – this is Cosmo…so how to please a man) with your mouth, outside of “give him a blow job,” you can click on the pictures below. If you want to check out other Cosmo tips, check out their sex advice section. You can also read my sexuality advice column over at Out Front Colorado.

Page A – Click to Make Bigger

Cosmo Sex Tips p170

Page B – Click to Make Bigger

Cosmo Sex Tips p171

Cosmo Sex Tips p171