Jul 142011
 

Hello!

As many of you may know, I am the newest addition to the Board of Directors for the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, RI. The Center is an incredibly important space, both physically and in a general sense – a place for people to come and learn about sex; reading books, watching movies, touching toys, petting vulva puppets, asking questions, exploring their identities and more.

One important thing about such an organization is of course, fundraising. Right now, Crystal Delights toys has partnered with the CSPH. Now through July 31st, if you donate ANY amount of money to the CSPH through this link: http://www.giveforward.com/helpcsph , you are entered to win an AWESOME prize basket, containing toys from Crystal Delights, Lelo, Papaya Toys, T.O.Y and many, many more. What a great way to donate to an incredibly important cause, and get yourself an entry to an amazing prize at the same time.

Whether you can afford $5 or $500 (or $5000???), please take a moment to donate to the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, and keep this sex positive, affirming space running for years to come.

Thanks,

Shanna

Mar 102011
 

Sorry about the web silence folks! I’ve been in the process of moving from Phoenix, AZ to Denver, CO, and haven’t really had much internet, and definitely haven’t had much in the way of time.

But never fear; I’m back! And right now, I’m in the wonderful state of Rhode Island, and I have not one, not two, but THREE classes here over the next few days.

Tonight, I’m teaching I Know It When I See It: Feminist and Ethical Pornography. We’ll talk about what ethical pornography is (and what it is NOT), who is making it, what it entails, and some issues that still remain, like being more inclusive for trans women, people of color, people with disabilities and more, as well as ways individuals can get involved if it is of interest to them. That’s at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health tonight (March 10th) at 250 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI, starting at 7pm.

On March 13th (Sunday), I’ll be at Brown University at 5pm talking all about body autonomy and positivity as sexual freedom:

If You Can’t Love Yourself…How the Heck Can You Love Anyone Else? List Art Building, Room 110 (64 College St.)

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!

And then, if that wasn’t enough for all your fabulous folks on Rhode Island, I’ll also be co-presenting with the wonderful Megan Andelloux on Monday the 13th at Noon at Brown on being a sex educator in the real world:

All Roads Leading to Pleasure: Sex Educators in the Real World

Salomon Center, Room 203 (Main Green, between George and Waterman Streets)

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. Come listen in as Shanna Katz and Megan Andelloux share their very different journeys in the world of sex-ed, discussing how and why they entered the field, what the spaces they occupy, and the wide variety of ways in which sex educators can make a living.

 

I hope to get to see some of you at some of these classes!

Shanna

 

Dec 202010
 

I’ve just found out I’ll be teaching the National Collegiate Leadership Conference in Tucson in February 2011, at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in March 2011, at KinkFest 2011 in Portland in March, as well as hopefully visiting Come as You Are in Toronto in April 2011 for two rocking classes. If you’re in the area, keep apprised for further info…or, if you’d like to have me come speak while I’m already near by and help save on costs, that would be great too!

I still have some spring openings, especially for colleges, universities and toy stores, so drop me a line, and I’ll see if I can present at a location near you!

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