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  • 11/30/2012: Meg Barker on Rewriting Relationship Rules and Sassafras Lowrey on Queer Storytelling Listen Now
  • 11/23/2012: Special Encore Presentation: Mollena Williams on Kinky Roleplay, Race Play, Taboo Fantasies, and Being a Slave Listen Now
  • 11/16/2012: Cindy Gallop on Make Love Not Porn, Changing Perceptions of Sex and How She'd Run the World Listen Now
  • 11/9/2012: Shine Louise Houston on Her Feminist Queer Porn Empire Listen Now
  • 11/2/2012: Sex Toy Innovators: Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta plus Jennifer Pritchett, the owner of Smitten Kitten Listen Now

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Lux Alptraum

Lux Alptraum is a writer, sex educator, and consultant most frequently found at Nerve and WoodRocket. Past projects have included gigs as the editor, publisher, and CEO of Fleshbot, the web’s foremost blog about sexuality and adult entertainment; a sex educator at an adolescent pregnancy prevention program; an HIV pretest counselor; and the founder of ThatStrangeGirl, an alternative porn site, and Boinkology, a blog about sex and culture. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Hustler, FastCompany.com, Salon.com, TheAtlantic.com, Time Out New York, Jezebel.com, SundanceChannel.com,Bizarre Magazine, Jalopnik.com, BlackbookMag.com, GOOD Magazine, and more. She has spoken about sexuality, the internet, and adult entertainment at Harvard University, Brown University, Yale University, NYU, Columbia University, Ohio State University, SXSW, and New York City’s Museum of Sex, and was recognized as one of 2008′s Heeb 100. View Guest page

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Megan Andelloux



Megan Andelloux, founder and executive director of The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (The CSPH), is a Clinical Sexologist, AASECT certified Sexuality Educator, and ISSWSH Fellow. Her innovative education programs, writing, social media presence, and ambitious speaking schedule have helped make her one of America’s most recognized and sought-after experts in the growing field of sexual pleasure, health, and politics. She has delivered her dynamic programs at more than 175 institutions of higher education, including 7 of the 8 Ivy League universities, and is an Adjunct Instructor in the Brown University Medical School. In 2012, Ms. Andelloux received the First Tracks Award for Innovation in Sexology by Honest Exchange, as well as came out with her first book, Hot and Fast: Sexy, Spontaneous Quickies for Passionate Orgasms (Amorata Press). She has also written timely consumer feature stories, industry trend reports, and journal articles for the education and research communities View Guest page

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Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall

Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall are co-conspirators in life and love. Their memoir, Queerly Beloved, is about how their relationship survived their transition from lesbian couple to man and wife. The couple also co-author the Blind Eye Detectives mystery series (Blind Curves, Blind Leap, and the Lambda Literary Award finalist Blind Faith). Diane is the editor-at-large for The Advocate, and editor-in-chief of HIV Plus magazine. An award winning journalist, Diane was most recently honored with a Western Publishing Association Maggie award for leadership. Jacob is a freelance writer for outlets like the Advocate and Windy City Times. For four years his syndicated weekly column, TransNation ran in LGBT publications across the nation. Later he founded and co-hosted the radio show Gender Blender which aired on Portland, Oregon’s KBOO. View Guest page

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Buck Angel

As a visionary filmmaker, activist, educator and lecturer, Buck Angel launched Buck Angel Entertainment as a vehicle to produce multi media projects that will motivate viewers to think outside the box. Buck Angel's message of empowerment through self-acceptance and being sexually comfortable in your own skin has struck a passionate chord with folks all over the world. Since Buck coined "it's not what's between your legs that defines your gender!", the phrase has become an anthem for people everywhere who have been inspired by this message of self acceptance. Buck has been featured in nearly every imaginable international media outlet: television, radio, web, and print. Buck Angel made history when he received the prestigious award from Adult Video News (AVN) for Transsexual Performer of the Year in 2007 for his groundbreaking work in the adult entertainment industry. Buck has received international recognition and continues to be a huge box office hit in numerous markets. View Guest page

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Joanna Angel

Joanna Angel is a writer, producer, director, model and award-winning adult film star. She is the founder and owner of BurningAngel Entertainment - a production company that pioneered a new species of erotica known as "alt porn." Joanna has stared in over 300 XXX movies and has appeared in every major adult magazine and has graced the pages of several tattoo magazines as well. In addition to her notoriety in the adult industry, she has stormed mainstream media in both TV and radio outlets. She has been featured on Fox News, Playboy TV, Fuse TV, G4 TV, KROQ Radio, SIRIUS Radio, the 2008 series premiere of TLC’s LA Ink, and a speaking role on Adult Swim's "Children's Hospital." She has also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Village Voice, The New York Press, Esquire UK, Details, and Penthouse, among others. Joanna Angel has won many awards in the adult industry, for performing, directing, and for the quality of her website. View Guest page

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Laura Antoniou

Proud member of the Middle Aged Guard Laura Antoniou (LAntoniou.com) is the author of the well known Marketplace series of erotic novels, but has also written dozens of short stories, essays and other works in various genres for over 25 years. Winner of the NLA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award, she nevertheless intends to keep living for quite some time. A popular speaker on topic relating to alternative sexual practices – aka kinky sex – she has presented, taught and ranted at over 150 conferences and events since the 1980′s, delivering enlightenment, entertainment and indictments. She has also appeared at colleges and universities, including Harvard, NYU, Rutgers, Columbia and the University of Washington. View Guest page

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Alexandra Ars

Alexandra manages the brand, designs the web and brews the tea for Orgasmatronics, Inc. She co-founded the company with Doctor X. Treme. Alexandra used to be a graphic designer for a jewelry company, several bands and, for a little while, Mozilla. But when Dr. X. elucidated his vision of a queer sex toy company while they waded in a freezing river she knew she had to help make the dream a reality. She is a kinky, polyamorous, bespectacled drummer. She believes socks and scarves are the sexiest items of clothing especially when worn exclusively. Alexandra loves the Ambrosia Vibe bionic strap-on for it's simplicity and body-hacking and gender-bending possibilities. View Guest page

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Nicole "Coco" Austin

Coco of Ice Loves Coco : Born as Nicole Austin (March 17, 1979), commonly known as Coco, is a television personality, glamour/fitness model, actress, dancer, author, fashion designer, entrepreneur, internet sensation and dog mom to supermodel Spartacus and Maximus. Coco was born in Tarzana, California and brought up in Palos Verdes, California. In April 2011, Coco, along with husband Ice T opened up their life to the world as they appeared on E! hit reality TV show “Ice Loves Coco” which focuses on her business ventures and dedication to her marriage, family, friends with humorous moments and the lessons learned, the real modern day “I LOVE LUCY”. Coco has also entered the world of writing as she released her new fictional novel entitled “Angel” with Forge a division of McMillan publishing which was released in September 2011. Coco is today’s modern woman, continuing to elevate, creating new opportunities, teaching woman of all ages how to be fit, sexy and confident, living with old fashion marriage values that work and always climbing the never ending ladder of success. View Guest page

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Marcia Baczynski

Marcia Baczynski is a relationship coach, writer and sex educator who has spent the last 10+ years specializing in helping people figure out -- and ask for -- what they want in life, love and in the bedroom. Through her coaching programs and workshops, she has helped thousands of people identify (and ask for!) what they wanted in their sex lives and relationships. She has been featured TV, radio, magazines and newspapers in 27 countries, (including Montel Williams, People magazine, NPR, and the Washington Post). She works primarily with clients around open relationships, communication, desire, and asking for what you want. View Guest page

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Dr. Meg Barker

Dr. Meg Barker is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a therapist specialising in sexual and relationship issues. Meg has published books on relationships, sexuality, and counselling and is co-editor of the journal Psychology & Sexuality. Meg runs many public and professional events about sex and relationships (e.g. Critical Sexology, Sense about Sex, BiReCon), as well as providing training for the UK College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists. Meg was first author of The Bisexuality Report about bisexual experience in the UK. Meg's most recent book Rewriting the Rules tackles the common 'rules' around love and sex that people often feel they must adhere to (www.rewriting-the-rules.com). View Guest page

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Carlos Batts

Carlos Batts is an award winning; Artist, Photographer and Director. Batts' artwork has appeared on book covers, fashion magazines, comic books and motion pictures. Carlos has three internationally distributed hardbound coffee table books; Wild Skin, Crazy Sexy Hollywood and American Gothic that document a wide variety of sub-cultures. Batts has directed independent art films; American Gothic, Voluptuous Biker Babes, and April Flores World that are distributed through various mainstream outlets. Born in Baltimore, Batts now lives and creates in Hollywood with his Muse, April Flores. View Guest page

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Kristin Beck



Kristin Beck is an author, activist and veteran who served for 20 years, through 13 deployments, as a US Navy SEAL. In her military career, she distinguished herself with Special Operations Forces at SEAL Team One, SEAL Team Five, Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL TEAM Six) and the Headquarters at SOCOM. She received the Bronze star with Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and many other awards.

She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level security work for the US government, including the Pentagon. In a 2013 she appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper and spoke about her life as transgender person beginning as a boy from a Christian family through her time in the SEALs. A follow on documentary with CNN "Lady Valor" has been seen by over 10 million Americans in the month of September 2014.

She works daily with Pentagon and Government Officials toward true liberty and equality within the ranks of the Department of Defense. View Guest page

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Cooper Beckett

Cooper Beckett‘s life isn’t like other people’s. When he’s not writing or podcasting at Life on the Swingset, he’s living it up as an evangelical swinger drifting toward poly, spreading the good word that “sharing is caring.” He truly believes that a good many people would be open to exploring the fringe of human sexuality and relationships, knocking down the borders between orientations, and experiencing the most basic of human rights: great sex, if only they were told it’s okay to do so. He has resolved to change the world, even if it’s only one couple at a time. View Guest page

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Jennifer Lyon Bell

Jennifer Lyon Bell is a Harvard-educated American erotic film director and curator living in Amsterdam. For her independent production company Blue Artichoke Films, she writes and directs award-winning explicit erotic films combining authentic sex and arthouse values. They have screened all over the world at international festivals and cinemas in America, Europe, and Japan. In addition, she curates erotic-themed film programs and exhibitions for museums, arts institutions, and festivals including The Museum of Sex in New York, Ladyfest, Women Inc., and the San Francisco Indie Erotic Film Festival, and was a co-director of the Amsterdam Alternative Erotica Film Festival. She also gives lectures and leads workshops on erotica, porn, feminism, and film theory at institutions from the Dutch Film Academy to the Berlin Porn Film Festival. www.blueartichokefilms.com View Guest page

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Ginger Bentham

As an oversexed, omnisexual castaway from the sexually-repressed culture, Ginger Bentham believes the next sexual revolution of total sex-positivity is just around the corner and it’s time for the revolutionaries to unite! As a co-host Life on the Swingset, she strives to help people expand their way of thinking and discover their true sexy potential. View Guest page

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S. Bear Bergman

Award-winning writer, educator and storyteller S. Bear Bergman is the author or editor of six books as well as the founder and publisher of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books. His most recent book Blood, Marriage, Wine, & Glitter made several 10 Best of 2014 lists and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. A much loved speaker and storyteller at universities and festivals alike, Bergman’s signature blend of wit and warmth brings all the people to the yard regardless of their sex designation, gender identity, or gender expression, which he would like to remind you are not at all the same thing. View Guest page

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Daniel Bergner

is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a critically-acclaimed author. His previous books include God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana’s Angola Prison, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; and The Other Side of Desire: Four Journeys into the Far Realms of Lust and Longing. His writing has also appeared in Granta, Harper's, Mother Jones, Talk, The New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of The New York Times. View Guest page

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Metis Black

Metis Black founded and built Tantus, Inc., a sex toy manufacturing company that has helped change the profile of sexuality products. She has used Tantus to mainstream silicone products and educate the industry on material safety and sexuality. Metis’ success has brought her accolades inside and outside of her industry. Her articles on material safety standards in sexual products and the chemistry of personal products such as lubricants have been widely published. Some of her publishing credits include Good Vibrations Online Magazine, On Our Backs, Adult Novelty Business, XBiz, and The Free Speech Coalition. Plus she has been the “go to” industry person about sex toy material safety, quoted in hundreds of articles online and in print. Over the last decade, Metis has proven to be a champion for sex educators and a mentor to other small business owners. View Guest page

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Hanne Blank

Hanne Blank spends her time thinking, learning, writing, and speaking at the crossroads of bodies, self, and culture. Joyfully spanning the town/gown divide as well as the mind/body split, her books include the histories Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (Beacon Press, 2012) and Virgin: The Untouched History (Bloomsbury, 2007), the cult classic sex and body-acceptance book Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) (Celestial Arts, 2011), and numerous others. A former Scholar of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Hanne is a popular speaker and guest lecturer on topics from the history of the hymen to the politics of getting on top. Her current projects include books on MFK Fisher, the rights of human bodies, and the thoroughly gory history of gynecology. View Guest page

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Justin Vivian Bond

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is a writer, singer, painter, performance artist, and activist. This year Powerhouse Books published Susie Says, a collaboration between Bond and Gina Garan. In addition to the release of Dendrophile and the publication of Tango, 2011 included Justin Vivian’s art exhibition The Fall of the House of Whimsy, presented at Participant Inc. in New York City. Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007. Other notable endeavors include originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender, touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. For more information, please visit v’s blog, Justin Vivian Bond is Living! at www.justinbond.com View Guest page

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Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein is a performance artist and playwright who has authored several award-winning books including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us, My Gender Workbook and Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws. She has earned two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe. Kate lives in New York City with her girlfriend, three cats, two dogs, and a turtle. View Guest page

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Aretha Bright

Aretha Bright's debut book is Mother-Daughter Sex Advice. She is 21 and lives in San Francisco. She can’t boast the same credentials as her mom yet. She’s ready to fly down to Hollywood at a moment’s notice! She is busy as a new author, pysch graduate from SF State University, and working gal. Aretha is interested in travel, sex, books, holidays, and pizza, among other things. Hear about her latest adventures on her blog! View Guest page

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Susie Bright

Susie Bright is the author of Full Exposure and The Sexual State of the Union, as well as The Best American Erotica and Herotica series. Her memoir, Big Sex Little Death is her latest. She is the host and producer of Audible’s weekly podcast, In Bed With Susie Bright. Bright was co-founder and editor of On Our Backs magazine, and the first journalist to cover erotic cinema and the porn business in the mainstream press. A progenitor of the sex-positive movement, Bright taught the first university course on pornography, and brought lasting sexual influence to her role in films like Bound and The Celluloid Closet, as well as playing herself, the feminist sex writer, on Six Feet Under. View Guest page

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Kelly Martin Broderick

Kelly Martin Broderick grew up in Columbia, Maryland and is a student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) majoring in Gender & Women’s Studies. Before returning to school at 28, she worked as a retail store manager and makeup artist for almost a decade. Kelly has been involved in feminist activism for a number of years, more actively since transferring to UMBC. She served as an Ambassador for Planned Parenthood Maryland from 2012-2013, assisting PPM with outreach campaigns and other projects. She is also a member of Baltimore NOW (National Organization for Women). At UMBC, she’s a co-leader of a Gender & Women’s Studies sponsored feminist activism group called WILL (Women Involved in Learning & Leadership), is a student staff member at the Women’s Center at UMBC, and a Transfer & Established Student Leader for the Honors College. She has a strong interest in politics and this summer was a communications intern for Maryland State Delegate Mary Washington. View Guest page

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Kandi Burruss

Whether singing, songwriting, running her Atlanta-based clothing store T.A.G.S., raising her adorable daughter Riley, running her own production company or showcasing her life on the insanely popular Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi does it with trademark tenacity and an unstoppable grind. Kandi‘s songwriting skills have made history twice. She is the first African American woman to win the prestigious ASCAP “Songwriter of the Year” award (2000) and the first woman ever to win ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Music Award (2000). In 2011, she paired with OhMiBod to create a line of sex toys for her new venture, Bedroom Kandi. She also hosts the weekly Internet talk show “Kandi Koated Nights” (kandikoatednight.com) every Wednesday, which features frank discussions of sex and relationships. View Guest page

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Rachel Kramer Bussel

Rachel Kramer Bussel is a New York-based author, editor, blogger and event organizer. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations and writes the Secrets of a Sex Writer column for SexIs Magazine. She has written for numerous publications, including Alternative Press, CNN.com, The Daily Beast, The Frisky, Gothamist, The Hairpin, Huffington Post, Jezebel, Mediabistro, New York Post, New York Press, Playgirl, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, xoJane and Zink. She has edited 40+ anthologies and 6 of her anthologies have won Gold IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards for Erotica and Sexuality/Relationships. She has contributed to over 100 anthologies and conducts reading and erotic writing workshops worldwide. She has presented, spoken and taught at conferences including Dark Odyssey, Erotic Authors Association, Sex 2.0, and SXSW. Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in political science and women's studies from the University of California at Berkeley. View Guest page

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Lorraine Byerly

Lorraine Byerly from We-Vibe. We-Vibe® designs and manufactures world-leading couples and solo vibrators. Their world-class engineers and industrial designers work closely with sexual wellness experts, doctors and consumers to design and develop intimate products that work in sync with the human body. They use state-of-the-art techniques and tools to make sure our products set new industry standards for ergonomic design and high performance while remaining eco‑friendly and body-safe. We-Vibe is from Standard Innovation®, a Canadian company dedicated to shaping the future of sexual health and wellness. View Guest page

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Regie Cabico

Regie Cabico is a co-founder and host of La Ti Do: A Weekly Cabaret And Spoken Word Series and has appeared on 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and NPR's Snap Judgement. His latest solo play is Godiva Dates & A One Night Stand which premiered at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. His plays have been produced at The Humana Theater Festival, Joe's Pub (Public Theater), New York Live Arts, Contact Theater. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn's Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg & Lupe Fiasco. View Guest page

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Barbara Carrellas

Barbara Carrellas is the author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty First Century, Ecstasy is Necessary, and Luxurious Loving. She is the founder of Urban Tantra®, an approach to sacred sexuality that adapts and blends conscious sexuality practices from Tantra to BDSM, and the co-founder of Erotic Awakening, a pioneering series of workshops focusing on the physical, spiritual and healing powers of sex. Barbara was named Best Tantric Sex Seminar Leader in New York City by Time Out/NY Magazine for her Urban Tantra® workshops. Barbara delights in blurring the lines between sacred and profane, enlightened and perverted, spirit and science, and pleasure and pain. She is a proud graduate of the Coney Island Sideshow School with a double major in fire eating and snake handling View Guest page

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Abraham Castillo

Abraham Castillo graduated as a filmmaker from SVA where he received the Dusty Award and the Directors Guild of America award for Best Latin Student Filmmaker in 1998. Director, Editor and programmer he is now lives in Mexico City and dedicates his time to editing films, teaching and as Programer of MORBIDO International Film Festival of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Films. In 2012 he collaborated with Marianna Palerm, founder and director of LA MIRADA FEMENINA, Mexico's first film festival dedicated to the promotion, study and discussion of porn films directed by women. He is convinced that working and watching films on extreme sides of the spectrum (Eros & Thanatos) keeps him sane and healthy. View Guest page

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Claire Cavanah

Claire Cavanah & Rachel Venning are co-founders of Babeland, the famous sex toy shop celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Babeland is all about promoting sexual vitality, not only with customers in the store, but out in the community, whether that means visiting senior centers or student groups or anywhere else. They’ve got a message of self-love, body-positivity and pleasure that they want to share. They are also the co-authors of the books Sex Toys 101 and Moregasm: Babeland’s Guide to Mindblowing Sex. They answer questions about sex, sex toys and the sex toy industry for media outlets as diverse as Brooklyn Paper and the Columbia University C-Spot to the New York Times and CNN. They also blog, tweet and answer sex questions at Babeland.com. View Guest page

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Elle Chase

Sex educator, writer & coach, Elle Chase (Lady Cheeky) is best known for her award-winning and highly trafficked sex, sensuality and body-positive websites, LadyCheeky.com and SmutForSmarties.com. A SFSI trained sex educator, Elle speaks and gives workshops across the country about all things sex. She has taught sex and body positive workshops on ‘Big, Beautiful Sex,’ and has been a presenter at sexuality conferences such as, CatalystCon East and West, The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit and this summer will be presenting at the ASSECT conference. As an educator and writer, Elle has been featured in The Huffington Post, www.Kinkly.com, The Frisky, Fleshbot, and the recently released Rachel Kramer Bussel erotica anthology “The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories.” She has been profiled on TheRumpus, Gram Ponante’s Porn Valley Observed, and AVN Magazine. View Guest page

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Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho is a comedian, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. She got her big break when she starred in the groundbreaking ABC sitcom, All-American Girl in 1994. In 1999, her off Broadway show I’m The One That I Want toured the country to national acclaim and was made into a bestselling book and feature film. Other national tours include Notorious C.H.O., Revolution, Beautiful, and Cho Dependent and her latest Mother. Since 2009, she has played Teri on the hit show Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime TV, now in its fifth season. Margaret has been honored by GLAAD, American Women in Radio and Television, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and PFLAG for promoting equal rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity. She has been nominated for an Emmy Award (for her guest star role on 30 Rock) and two Grammy Awards (for comedy albums Revolution and Cho Dependent). View Guest page

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Christian

Christian, also know as Christian XXX, is a male porn performer who has appeared in over 2000 scenes since he began work in the adult industry in 2003. He is the winner of four AVN Awards and he is the reigning 2013 Feminist Porn Heartthrob of the Year. He is a controversial figure because he’s done both gay and straight porn. His earliest work was in gay porn under the name Maxx Diesel (he was briefly a contract performer for Falcon Studios). He then began working in the straight porn industry under the name Christian, where, in addition to traditional heterosexual scenes, he does more diverse work than any of his peers including scenes featuring plus-sized co-stars, strap-on anal sex, transsexual women, male submission, and more. He has his own website aptly named ChristianDoesThemAll.com and he blogs at christiansingstheblues.com. View Guest page

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Greta Christina

Greta Christina has been writing about sex for over two decades, for publications including Ms., Penthouse, On Our Backs, and three volumes of Best American Erotica. She is author of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, an Amazon best-seller in the Atheism category, and is one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She blogs at the cleverly named Greta Christina’s Blog, and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Salon, AlterNet, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is editor of the Best Erotic Comics anthology series, and of Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients. She is co-organizer of the Godless Perverts, an organization that presents and promotes a positive view of sexuality without religion. She tweets at @GretaChristina. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid. View Guest page

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Airial Clark

Airial Clark, M.A is the founder of The Sex-Positive Parent. She has a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State and also a rambunctious single-parent of two teenage sons. Airial graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007 with a BA in English Literature and Anthropology. She is a contributing writer for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Oakland Local, Good Vibrations Magazine, the Sex Positive Photo Project of the SF Bay Area and Shades Magazine. Airial presented her graduate level research on the intersections of race, non-monogamy and parenting at the Open SF conference and will be presenting two sessions at this year's CatalysCon West. Airial sees the mission of her work to provide strategies and support for sex-positive parenting; specializing in community building for parents with alternative sexualities. She leads parent-education workshops, provides one-on-one parent coaching and consults other sex educators on how to include parents in their work. View Guest page

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Cheryl Cohen Greene

Cheryl Cohen Greene has been in private clinical practice as a Surrogate Partner and Consultant in Human Sexuality in Berkeley, CA since 1973. She was trained in the Masters and Johnson modality. She was on the training staff of San Francisco Sex Information for 19 years. She is a Certified Clinical Sexologist / Sex Educator and in 2004 she earned her DHS (Doctor of Human Sexuality) from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. Currently Cohen Greene serves as the Vice President of IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates Association). She is a frequent media guest, who has been interviewed on Larry King Live, the National Geographic Channel, the WE Channel, Joy Behar’s Show, Say Anything, and CNN among others. Her work with poet and journalist Mark O’Brien was adapted into a major motion picture titled THE SESSIONS starring Helen Hunt as Cheryl Cohen Greene. Cohen Greene’s memoir AN INTIMATE LIFE, Sex, Love, and My Journey As A Surrogate Partner, was released in January 2013. View Guest page

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Susan Colvin

Susan Colvin founded, and is the President and CEO, of California Exotic Novelties, the world’s largest and most respected pleasure product manufacturer, and of JOPEN, the premiere luxury toy company. She has three college degrees: Bachelor of Arts with a major in Speech Communication and minor in Political Science, Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Energy Administration, both from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University. With a strong work ethic and a passion for empowering women and couples, Susan revolutionized the pleasure product industry. She developed the first toys in pink and purple colors and packaged them to appeal to women. She intuitively understood pleasure products and developed a long list of innovations including the first: waterproof, rechargeable, wireless, and more. As an innovator and pioneer, Susan and her companies have been honored with many awards, including: Business Woman of the Year—2012 from EAN, Manufacturer of the Year—2013 from StorErotica, and Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer—2013 from AVN. View Guest page

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T Cooper

T COOPER is the author of three novels, including The Beaufort Diaries and Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes. He is also editor of an anthology of original stories entitled A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing. His most recent book, Real Man Adventures, has just been published (by McSweeney’s Books). T Cooper was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Middlebury College in Vermont, and then taught high school in New Orleans before settling in New York City in 1996. He earned an MFA from Columbia University, and in addition to his novels, T’s work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, One Story, Electric Literature, and some others. His short story “Swimming” was one of “100 Distinguished Stories” in The Best American Short Stories 2008 (ed. Salman Rushdie). View Guest page

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Heather Corinna

Heather Corinna is an activist, writer, artist and educator and the founder and director of Scarleteen.com, the most widely used online sex education resource for young people which has been online since 1998. She is also the author of S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College. View Guest page

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Cheri Curry-Poe

Cheri Curry-Poe, Sportsheets Cheri is the Sales Manager at Sportsheets International. She has been helping the sales team fine tune their customer service practices and increase sales along with customer satisfaction since December 2011. Prior to coming to Sportsheets she worked as an aircraft sales and acquisitions representative. She later moved into a project manager position for a critical contractor for US department of defense. She has been in sales, marketing, and customer contact for over 20 years and during that time was co-owner of a cutting edge multimedia and marketing firm. On her time off she enjoys sailing with her husband, riding horses, paddle boarding and spending time with her two teenage sons. View Guest page

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Liandra Dahl

Liandra Dahl: I'm British born but I have lived in Melbourne, Australia since 2002. I first made amateur porn in 2004. I was the hostess for ifeelmyself.com, I also appeared on ishotmyself.com and beautifulagony.com primarily for the money KACHING! I was supporting myself through a Bachelor of Arts degree but also to have a hedonistic adventure. As a committed voyeur I love to watch and as a confirmed exhibitionist I also love to show, thus producer/performer was the obvious next step. On 25th December 2010 I started my own adult website LiandraDahl.com. I’m queer and I’m attracted to masculine, feminine and androgynous people. I wanted to present my own desires in a more pluralist view of adult sexuality than I had previously experienced. LiandraDahl.com is a website of adult consensual sexuality inclusive of all gender identities and sexualities. I strive for a great deal of creative input from the contributor that reflects what they enjoy doing sexually, their desires and their fantasies. View Guest page

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Cyndi Darnell

One of Australia’s leading sex therapists and sex educators with over 20 years experience studying human sexuality from the clinical to the esoteric. Her work and commentary has been sought for media around the country including Channel 10’s The Project, ABC Radio National, Triple J, Triple R, JOY 94.9, ABC Melbourne with Jon Faine, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Mamamia and both Aust. Women’s & Men’s Health Magazines. She was also a co-creator of six educational podcasts with Catherine Deveny on popular topics in adult sex education. She was the founder and host of Pleasure Forum Australia which ran in Melbourne from 2010- 2013. Cyndi has also hosted events and spoke at The Wheeler Centre, Victoria University, University of Melbourne, Family Planning Victoria, Arts Access Victoria , Aust. College of Applied Psychology, and she was a panelist with the prestigious Sydney ‘‘Women Say Something’’ event. Cyndi counsels individuals, couples & beyond on issues related to sex and relationships from her practice in Melbourne and globally via Skype. She runs comprehensive and entertaining educational seminars and workshops on adult sexuality, pleasure & relationships both in Australia and globally to demystify sex and emphasize pleasure. Cyndi is known for her capacity to offer practical information, esoteric insight and emotional warmth & reassurance all wrapped up in light -hearted Australian humor and fabulous footwear. She is uniquely placed to be able to bridge the world of sexology from a variety of perspectives and approaches that embrace, understand and challenge the diversity of human sexuality View Guest page

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Coyote Days

Coyote Days of Good Vibrations: Good Vibrations is a diverse, woman-focused retailer providing high-quality, sex-positive products and non-judgmental, accurate sex information through our clean and comfortable stores, catalog, web site, wholesale division, product and movie production lines in order to enhance our customers’ sex lives and promote healthy attitudes about sex. Coyote Days is a queer femme making a living buying & developing sex toys for Good Vibrations. View Guest page

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Dixie De La Tour

Sexual Folklorist Dixie De La Tour founded Bawdy Storytelling, (the Nation’s Original sex and storytelling series featuring Real People & Rockstars) almost 7 years ago as a way to encourage real connection in San Francisco’s sexual underground. All in all, she’s been welcoming newcomers to San Francisco’s sexual underground for over 15 years (De La Tour, as in Tour Guide) - from creating, producing, volunteering for and managing sex positive events, to producing private parties, to teaching workshops, writing about sex & dating, community managing adult dating sites and much more. Dixie hopes to build Bawdy Storytelling into a national event because sexpositive community starts with a personal story; Storytelling makes sex education fun and entertaining and makes it a little harder to judge other people for their choices – listening to just one person’s story can start you down the road to empathy and acceptance for the ‘other.’ View Guest page

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James Deen

Since the age of 18, Deen's boy-next-door good looks helped him carve out a niche within the adult industry. Over 4,000 scenes later and Deen is now considered the top male porn star in the world. Deen is the youngest ever to earn Male Performer of the Year honors at the AVN, XBIZ, and XRCO awards shows. He is highly lauded within the adult industry with numerous award wins steadily throughout his career. Deen’s accomplishments extend far beyond the adult industry, with mainstream reporters chronicling his popularity as he continues to break down societal barriers. Popular female-oriented website Jezebel.com often reports on Deen’s large female fan-base, calling him the “permanent crush of all straight ladydom.” In 2012, Hollywood screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader cast Deen opposite Lindsay Lohan in the feature film “The Canyons" which premiered internationally at the Venice Film Festival with Deen in attendance. View Guest page

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Dee Dennis

An activist in the field of sexuality, Dee Dennis started her career as a sex blogger, writing about the end of her marriage and starting the next chapter in her life. Through this metamorphosis, Dee discovered her passion for sexuality rights and issues for people around the world. In 2012, Dee founded CatalystCon, which she regards as a “melting pot of sexuality” that unites sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change. To Dee, “knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change.” This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon. View Guest page

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Delilah Devlin

Delilah Devlin is an award-winning author of erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing edgy stories with complex characters. Ms. Devlin has published over a hundred twenty stories in multiple sub-genres and lengths with Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Kensington, Kindle, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing. In January 2013, she added Montlake Romance to her list of publishers when SHATTERED SOULS released! View Guest page

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kd diamond

kd diamond is a queer cartoonist and illustrator, artist and media-maker, and sea creature nerd. She's the founder and art director of Salacious Magazine, a queer feminist anti-racist sex rag that aims to stimulate your genitals and challenge your brain, and the illustrator of close to a dozen books about sex and gender, including but not limited to The Ultimate Guide to Kink, Partners In Pleasure, and The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure. Diamond is currently hard at work on the layout and illustrations for Girl Sex 101 (girlsex101.com), a collaboration with Allison Moon (talesofthepack.com) that combines expert advice, fictional narrative, and educational segments with illustrations to create an ultimate road map for girls to have mind-blowing sex with other girls. View Guest page

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Doctor X. Treme

Doctor X. Treme is an applied physicist who builds sex machines. He did a double degree in physics and math from Berkeley and then a Ph.D. in applied physics from Yale with the intent of eventually building useful things. After building obscure measurement tools for quantum information for 6 years he quit to apply physics to sex toy design, starting with the x1 Orgasmatron, and now the Ambrosia vibe. He lives in Denver, CO. View Guest page

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Betty Dodson

Betty Dodson, artist, author, and PhD sexologist has been one of the principal voices for women's sexual pleasure and health for over three decades. Dodson had the first one-woman show of erotic art in ’68 in NYC followed by three others. For 25 years, she ran Bodysex groups where women learned about their bodies and orgasms through the practice of self-stimulation. Her first book, Liberating Masturbation: A Meditation on Selflove (’74) became a feminist classic. Sex for One (’87) sold over a million copies. Orgasms for Two (’02) embraces partner sex and My Romantic Love Wars: A Sexual Memoir details her experiences with America's Sexual Revolution, the women's movement and her feminist sexual activism with bodysex groups that she conducted for 25 years. In 1994, she earned a PhD in clinical sexology. Dodson has presented at conferences for sexual scientists, therapists, and psychologists. View Guest page

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Ducky Doolittle

Ducky Doolittle is the author of Sex With The Lights On: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered. She has spent the last two decades working in the field of sexuality. She is a certified emergency room Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Counselor and has trained with Planned Parenthood in comprehensive STD prevention and comprehensive & medically accurate sex education. Ducky tours internationally, performing on campuses, medical schools, bachelorette parties, homeless youth drop-in centers, book clubs, church groups, sex shops and anywhere else she can gather a crowd. She has appeared on HBOs Real Sex, The Morning Show, MTV, NPR, The Howard Stern Show, and Playboy TV... to name a few. Ducky’s unabashed openness about her life developed into a successful career as a journalist and advice columnist. View Guest page

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Jessica Drake

One of adult film’s most celebrated actresses, Wicked Pictures contract star Jessica Drake is making her mark as a sex educator by combining her passion for teaching sexual responsibility with her goal of helping couples discover their erotic potential. Uniting a lifetime of study with a decade’s worth of experiential research, this charming Texan is sharing her expertise with audiences around the globe in Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex. Each subject is explored with the same distinct blend of factual demonstration and good humor that has led Gawker Media’s Fleshbot to laud this three-time AVN Best Actress winner for bringing a “sexy, articulate and professional” voice to the sexual self-help genre. A source of sexual inspiration for the adult industry as well as society at large, Jessica is also spearheading Wicked Pictures’ involvement in Adult Production Health & Safety Services, a program designed by the Free Speech Coalition to provide producers and performers with a reliable protocol and database for STI testing. View Guest page

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Cleo Dubois

Cleo Dubois is a BDSM Educator, ritualist, and creator of the Academy of S/M Arts. A versatile sadomasochist , she came out in the San Francisco Leather Scene in the early 80s. She made two popular docu-films, "The Pain Game" and "Tie Me Up," & presents at local and national leather events. She offers, with Eve Minax, Erotic Dominance Intensives Weekends focused on connecting heat, heart and spirit in our consensual power play. Helping new comers embrace their kink and mentoring couple play in the privacy of her dungeon are her specialties. View Guest page

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Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders

When she was sworn in as Surgeon General, Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders became the first African American and the second woman to hold that post. As Surgeon General, Dr. Elders initiated programs to combat youth smoking and teen pregnancy and to increase childhood immunizations. As a private citizen, she continues to lobby tirelessly for the health needs of the young, the poor and the powerless. A pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Elders has a deep concern for the welfare of children. She believes that violence, sexually transmitted diseases, poverty and substance abuse are the biggest threats to the health and wellness of our children. She advocates public health over profits in health care reform, openness over censorship in sex education, and rehabilitation over incarceration in the war against drugs. Her presentations on sexual health and education are both frank and informative. In her lectures and in her book, From Sharecropper’s Daughter to Surgeon General of the United States, she addresses the importance of good prenatal care, the future of healthcare reform, women’s health concerns, current treatments for HIV/AIDS, and meeting the needs of older Americans. View Guest page

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Dean Elliott

Dean Elliott is the larger than life Founder & CEO of Sliquid, LLC. Dean is what might be considered a serial entrepreneur, having been a part of what seems to be every industry imaginable since earning his liberal arts degree from NYU. Starting in the late 90′s, Dean was coordinating location logistics, including security, medic & transportation, for the booming reality TV industry. He worked on just about every reality show you can name, on location all over the world. At the same time, Dean was building a reputation as a successful voiceover artist, voicing spots for many of the coolest brands, including Volvo & the WWF. Everything Dean does, he does wholeheartedly, and with a passion for excellence. He came up with the idea for Sliquid at the beginning of the new millennium, and had products formulated and on shelves within 2 years. Since then, Dean has grown Sliquid into one of the biggest and most respected brands of intimate products, with no signs of slowing down. Don’t think he has gotten comfortable though – Dean is currently working hard on his next venture(s) – and you can be sure it will be a success. View Guest page

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Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including the memoir The Adderall Diaries and the novel Happy Baby. He founded the online literary magazine The Rumpus. Cherry is his directorial debut. View Guest page

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Aislinn Emirzian

Aislinn Emirzian is a sexuality educator and workshop instructor based in San Francisco. She became a peer sexuality educator at Smith College, and later worked with sex positive adult toy stores like Oh My Sensuality Shop in Massachusetts and Good Vibrations in California. Over the years, she has taught workshops on a wide range of topics, but prostate pleasure is her favorite! View Guest page

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Epiphora

For six years, Epiphora has been testing sex toys and writing about them on the internet. Highly trusted and well-known for her snarky style, she's the antidote to the coy, euphemistic sugar-coating that plagues bad sex writing. Many loyal readers entrust their future orgasms to her, and she does not take that honor lightly. As a trusted voice in the sex toy landscape, Epiphora has been featured on Slate, VICE, and in XBIZ Premiere magazine, she participated in a panel at CatalystCon, SheVibe made her into a superhero, Kinkly named her the #1 Sex Blogging Superhero of 2013, and she was quoted in Tristan Taormino’s book, The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation. View Guest page

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Epiphora

Epiphora has a very discerning vagina. For six years, she has been testing sex toys and writing about them on the internet. Her popular blog, Hey Epiphora, is filled to the brim with relentlessly honest sex toy reviews, matter-of-fact masturbation journals, industry critiques, and sex blogging tips. Highly trusted and well-known for her snarky style, she is the antidote to the coy, euphemistic sugar-coating that plagues bad sex writing. Many loyal readers entrust their future orgasms to her. As a trusted voice in the sex toy landscape, Epiphora has been featured on Playboy, Bitch, Slate, and VICE, interviewed in XBIZ Premiere magazine, and quoted in Tristan Taormino's book, The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation. She was also named Kinkly's #1 Sex Blogging Superhero of 2013. View Guest page

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April Flores

April Flores is a muse, erotic performer, and model, but that’s not even scratching the surface. A fearless BBW star with scarlet hair, proponent of the queer community, feminist, sex-positive activist, outspoken advocate of body diversity, glamorous art model, avid kink fan, sub and dom both, and all around powerful woman. April has graced the covers of Bizarre and AVN Magazines, among others; modeled for dozens of fine art photographers; Featured Guest & Co Host Espanol on Playboy Sirius/XM Radio; appeared in countless adult films in every genre of the porn industry (from mainstream to queer to kinky to artsy); and spoken out about body image through her mere presence and powerful sexuality, along with her activism. View Guest page

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Eric Francis

Eric Francis is the founder of Planet Waves, the sexpositive astrology website, and the author of Book of Blue, an erotic memoir told in photos and essays. He hosts Planet Waves FM, which is webcast at www.PlanetWaves.fm View Guest page

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Matie Fricker

Matie Fricker is the co-owner of Self Serve Sexuality Resource in Albuquerque, New Mexico & selfservetoys.com. Matie and her business partner Molly Adler opened Self Serve in 2007 to bring positive sexuality into the light of day, creating access for adults to find healthy experiences of sexuality. Molly and Matie have been awarded the 2008 Tough Cookie Award from the National Association for Women Business Owners, Self Serve has won Best Sexy Shop in the Albuquerque Alibi for the last six years and Albuquerque Pride’s Most Outstanding Store Award. Matie is also the director of Pornotopia: Albuquerque's infamous community run porn festival. One of her proudest accomplishments was causing Rush Limbaugh to say “female orgasm” on-air multiple times. View Guest page

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Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman is a feminist evangelist, and the editor of the hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009, and #11 on Ms. Magazine’s Top 100 Feminist Nonfiction of All Time list). Her new book, What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety, was recently named a finalist for ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award in Women’s Issues. Friedman is a popular speaker on campuses and at conferences across the U.S. and beyond. She has appeared on radio and TV including on the BBC’s World Have Your Say, Democracy Now, Q, and To The Contrary, and her commentary has appeared in outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, and The Nation. Friedman is the Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, a national organization working for gender justice in media. She is also a charter member of CounterQuo, a coalition dedicated to challenging the ways we respond to sexual violence. View Guest page

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Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, whose background is brandbuilding, marketing and advertising - she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year. She is the founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld.com, a marketing platform that turns human and corporate good intentions into collective action, launched in beta at TED 2010, and subsequently written up and taught as a Harvard Business School case study; and of Make Love Not Porn, launched at TED 2009. She has just launched MakeLoveNotPorn.tv in invitation-only beta. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech startups and consults for companies around the world, describing her consultancy approach as 'I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.' View Guest page

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Shanna Germain

Shanna Germain claims the titles of writer, editor, leximaven, vorpal blonde, and schrodinger's brat. With a whole lot of writing years under her belt (or her collar, depending on the day), Shanna’s poems, essays, short stories, novellas, articles and more have found homes in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, books and websites. An Associate Fellow at the Attic Institute in Portland, OR, she has taught classes in writing, publishing, media and photography at a wide variety of places. She’s even garnered an award here and there, including a Pushcart nomination, the Rauxa Prize for Erotic Poetry and the C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship. Her most recent projects include Geek Love: An Anthology of Full Frontal Nerdity; Bound by Lust (Cleis Press); and Numenera, a tabletop roleplaying game from Monte Cook Games, LLC. View Guest page

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Charlie Glickman PhD

Charlie Glickman PhD has been a sexuality educator for over twenty years. He teaches workshops on a wide range of topics, including sex-positivity, sex & shame, gender & masculinity, sexual orientation, communities of erotic affiliation, and many sexual practices such as prostate play, anal sex, pegging, sex toys, BDSM, and polyamory. Charlie also presents at conferences and community events, offers trainings on sexuality for medical professionals, therapists, and clergy. He is certified as a sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. View Guest page

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Amy Jo Goddard

Amy Jo Goddard is a sexual empowerment coach, author, and sexuality educator. She is founder of SPECTRA, a mentorship program to help sexuality professionals make more money doing the sexuality work they are passionate about. As a David Neagle Certified Miracle of Money coach, Amy Jo helps women and couples create financial abundance, sexual pleasure and create the relationships and lives they desire. She teaches her Women’s Sexually Empowered Life program in New York City and can be found blogging about all things sexual that make her tingle at www.amyjogoddard.com View Guest page

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Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant is a writer and freelance journalist covering sex, tech, and politics, in the streets and everywhere else. Her latest book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso, 2014) challenges the myths about selling sex and those who perpetuate them. Her reporting and commentary appears in The Nation, Wired,The Atlantic, Glamour, The Guardian, In These Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, Slate, Salon, and Valleywag, among other publications, and she's a contributing editor at Jacobin. Grant lives in New York. View Guest page

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Sacchi Green

Sacchi Green is a Lambda award-winning writer and editor of erotica and other stimulating genres. Her stories have appeared in scores of publications, including seven volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, four of Best Women’s Erotica, four of Best Lesbian Romance, Best Transgender Erotica, Best Fantasy Erotica, and Penthouse. She’s also edited nine lesbian erotica anthologies: Rode Hard, Put Away Wet (Suspect Thoughts Press); Hard Road, Easy Riding (Lethe Press); Lipstick on Her Collar (Pretty Things Press), and Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crazy, Lesbian Lust, Lesbian Cops, Girl Fever, and Wild Girls, Wild Nights, all from Cleis Press. A collection of her own work, ¬A Ride to Remember, has been published by Lethe Press. Five of her books have been Lambda Award finalists, and Lesbian Cowboys, co-edited with Rakelle Valencia, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Erotica in 2010. View Guest page

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Ernest Greene

Ernest Greene has been Executive Editor of Hustler's Taboo, world's best-selling hardcore kink-sex magazine for 13 years. He has been writing, producing, directing and performing in adult video since 1984. With his wife, Nina Hartley, he has co-produced and directed 40 installments of Nina's Guides, the most successful explicit sex education videos in the history of the video industry with over a million copies sold. His trilogy of X-rated features - O - The Power of Submission, The Surrender of O and most recently, The Truth About O are credited with bringing consensual BDSM sexuality into mainstream adult video. View Guest page

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Jack Halberstam

Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on Fascism and (homo)sexuality. View Guest page

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Janet W. Hardy

Janet W. Hardy is the author or co-author of 11 books about alternative sexualities, including the underground bestseller "The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures" (Random House, 2009), and her new memoir "Girlfag: A Life Told In Sex and Musicals" (Beyond Binary Books, 2012). She lives, writes and cooks with her spouse, dogs, cat and chickens in Eugene, Oregon. View Guest page

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Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley is a pioneering feminist worker, using her body in the service of promoting a sexually sane and literate society. For the past thirty years her rock-solid commitment to the importance of sexual autonomy has fueled Nina Hartley’s career in adult entertainment. As a performer, director, writer, educator, public speaker, and feminist thinker for all, no matter their orientation, she’s traveled the world to deliver her message. She’s the author of, “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex,” from Avery Press. Putting to use her B.S. degree in nursing, she and her husband, I.S. Levine, have produced the million-selling sex-ed video series collectively known as “The Nina Hartley Guides,” from Adam & Eve, currently in its 38th episode. Still active in front of the camera, she and her husband live in Los Angeles. View Guest page

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Toby Hill-Meyer

In 2010 Tobi Hill-Meyer made her film making debut, winning an Award for Emerging Filmmaker of the year and being named #3 in Velvet Park Media's list of the 25 Most Significant Queer Women of 2010. She is a multiracial trans woman with a long history of working with feminist and LGBTQ organizations on a local, state, and federal level, having served on several boards and offering support as a strategic consultant. Since receiving her degree in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, Tobi has turned her focus to media analysis and productions. She is a founding member and major contributor to the media collective, Handbasket Productions. Handbasket Productions is a radical, oppression aware media collective focusing on queer culture, trans experience and sex positivity. Spanning non-fiction, fiction, and fantasy genres, we use books zines, film, music and other art to cover a variety of topics including sex work, polyamory, racism and queerspawn experience. View Guest page

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Twanna A. Hines

Twanna A. Hines, M.S., is an award-winning educator, sex columnist, and TV and radio commentator focused on the sociology of sexuality and its relationship to culture and Internet technology. Founder of FUNKY BROWN CHICK®, she has contributed to CNN, NPR, Sirius, Time Out New York, Lifetime, Mashable, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company magazine, and the Huffington Post as well as CBC (Canadian National Radio), Paris Première (French Television), and Al Jazeera. She has also been quoted in a host of outlets throughout the U.S., from New York magazine to the San Francisco Chronicle. Twanna is a syndicated sex columnist for Metro International newspapers. She has worked with health policymakers and elected officials and for the University of Chicago, Newsweek, and U.S. State Department. Having lived in London, Chicago, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles and The Hague, she speaks English and Dutch fluently. View Guest page

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Tina Horn

Tina Horn is a writer, educator, and interdisciplinary media-maker. She produces and hosts the sexuality podcast Why Are People Into That?! where she demystifies human desire with a different guest each month. Tina has won two Feminist Porn Awards, a Cinekink Award, and an AVN nomination for producing and directing QueerPorn.Tv. Her workshops on dirty talk, sex worker rights, and spanking have been featured at a variety of international venues. Tina holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing, and has published extensively in print and online. She just signed a contract with threel media to write a handbook for the modern sex worker. View Guest page

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Shine Louise Houston

As the pioneering producer and director of Pink and White Productions, Shine has always had unique vision. Graduating from San Francisco Arts Institute with a Bachelors in Fine Art Film, her works have become the new gold standard of adult cinema. During a five year position at the women-owned, sex toy purveyor Good Vibrations, Shine recognized an underserved demand for authentic woman and queer made porn. Shine’s films have been recognized as the next big wave of women produced porn and have been internationally screened from Berlin to New York. View Guest page

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David Jay

David Jay is the founder of asexuality.org, the world's largest organization of people who identify as asexual. He has helped grow the asexual community from a dispersed group of individuals to an international movement with over 70,000 members. His work has been highlighted in the New York Times and on 20/20, and has been the subject of a feature-length documentary, (A)sexual. He regularly speaks on asexuality and works to promote open, honest dialog about the asexual community. View Guest page

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Paul Joannides

Paul is a research psychoanalyst. In addition to being the author of the Guide To Getting It On, he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and he was formerly on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He is an NCAA approved speaker for college athletes on sex. When he's not writing, he's a speaker on college campuses about sexuality. The Guide To Getting It On is now in its 7th edition and is used in more than 50 college sex-education courses and in medical schools. For the past year, he has done a daily broadcast for Playboy radio called "90 Seconds on Sex". View Guest page

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JoEllen

JoEllen from Redhead Bedhead The Redhead Bedhead came to life when JoEllen decided she wanted to talk about sex on the internet (“Do people even do that?!”) Now she writes for multiple outlets including Good Vibrations, Life on the Swingset and Kinkly.com as well as the now award-winning RedheadBedhead.com and tours the country on the Superhero Sex Shop Tour. A writer, educator and adult-retail consultant (she’ll make your shop a Superhero!), the Bedhead is on a mission to prove that through constant learning, perpetual experimentation, fearless collaboration, non-stop dialogue and frequent wise-assery we can save the world from mediocre sex – and have a damn good time doing it. JoEllen resides in Portland, OR, where she spends her days writing, working internet magic, geeking out about sex, and tasting all the beer. View Guest page

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Patricia Johnson

Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, a devoted married couple, have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. They are the authors of the award winning books, The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (Llewellyn, 2006), Tantra for Erotic Empowerment (Llewellyn 2008), and Great Sex Made Simple, which will be published in December 2012 (Llewellyn.) Their meditation CD set, Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep (Projekt Records) was a finalist for a 2012 COVR Visionary Award. Michaels and Johnson wrote and appeared in two instructional DVDs produced by the Alexander Institute: Tantric Sexual Massage for Lovers and Advanced Tantric Sex Secrets. They are senior students of Tantric pioneer Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati) who has named them his lineage holders for the Americas and Europe. In addition, the two are co-founders of the Pleasure Salon, a monthly gathering in New York City that brings together sex-positive people and pleasure activists from a variety of communities. View Guest page

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Jacq Jones



Jacq Jones is a passionate advocate for a sex positive world, radical consent, sex ed, safer sex and reproductive health care. She has worked in sex education and reproductive health care since 1994. She is the owner of Sugar, a sex positive, education focused, lesbian owned, multi-gender operated sex toy store in Baltimore and online at SugarTheShop.com View Guest page

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Petra Joy

Petra Joy is an award-winning (erotic) filmmaker, photographer and journalist. Since getting her first camera at the age of six, Petra has been fascinated with the visual art forms. She gained an MA in film studies and history. Over two decades she worked as a director for German TV producing many documentaries on (female) sexuality. Since 2004 she has been producing explicit erotic films from a female perspective. Her films have won multiple awards. Petra has also made herself a name as a curator and distributer of feminist porn and a mentor to new female filmmakers. She hopes to make many more female fantasies a reality on film. www.petrajoy.com View Guest page

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Shanna Katz

Shanna Katz, M.Ed, ACS is a queer kinky disabled feisty femme board certified sexologist, sexuality educator and professional pervert with three books under her belt. 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. She believes strong in social justice and that all people deserve to have interesting and accurate information about sexuality, especially those communities who are frequently left out of the sexual conversation. View Guest page

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Nan Kinney

Nan Kinney is the president and co-founder of Fatale Media. She is also the executive producer of Fatale’s lesbian porn and adult educational videos and DVDs. With Deborah Sundahl, she co-founded On Our Backs magazine. View Guest page

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Marty Klein

Dr. Marty Klein is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist. A former instructor at Stanford Medical School, he is the award-winning author of seven books and 8 sets of training CDs. His new book is Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want From Sex, And How to Get It. Psychology Today magazine says "Read this book if you want to improve your sex life." Marty is regularly in the popular media, such as The New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, and Nightline. For 12 years he has written & published Sexual Intelligence, the blog and electronic newsletter. Marty is outspoken about many popular & clinical ideas about sex, decrying psychology’s gender stereotypes, sex-negativity, and what he calls the Oprah-ization of therapy; he is America’s best-known voice opposing the sex addiction movement. Marty has been an expert witness or plaintiff in many obscenity and censorship trials. He has trained professionals in 25 countries, such as China, India, Turkey, and Croatia. View Guest page

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Belle Knox

Originally from Washington State, Belle Knox the sweet and petite 18-year-old XXX starlet entered the world of adult entertainment four months ago. With her fresh, beautiful face and adorable figure, Knox dove into the industry appearing in Reality Kings, Porn Pros, Teen Fidelity/Kelly Madison, Nubiles, Naughty America and X-Art. She has starred in FuckedHard 18, Naughty Cheerleaders 4 and Adam and Eve’s Real College Girls. The 18-year-old Duke University student and adult starlet became national headline news after being outed by a fellow classmate and writing a piece inspired by the experience in popular online magazine www.xojane.com. Since then she has appeared on national shows such as The View, The Independents, Dr. Drew, Piers Morgan and The Howard Stern Show. She has been written about in The Huffington Post, The NY Post, The Daily News, The NY Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. View Guest page

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Lily Labeau

Lily Labeau is an AVN-nominated actress and model named "Next Star of the Year" by CAVR. She is the creative force behind LilyLuvs.com, InsideLilyLaBeau.com, and soon, HotelLaBeau.com. View Guest page

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Lorelei Lee

Lorelei Lee has worked as a performer and director in the adult film industry since 1999. She has an MFA in Fiction from New York University and has taught writing at NYU, at the San Francisco Center for Sex and Culture, and in private workshops. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Transfer, $pread Magazine, Salon, The Rumpus, and Denver Quarterly, as well as in the anthologies Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys, Feminist Porn Studies, and Off the Set. Along with Stephen Elliot, she is the cowriter of the independent film About Cherry, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and will be in theaters in September, 2012. She has toured nationally with the Sex Workers’ Art Show, is an alumni of the RADAR Lab, and is a Literary Death Match Champion. She writes with playwright and performer Erin Markey for the blog I Deserve This, readable at guesswhatideservethis.wordpress.com. She is currently working on her first novel. View Guest page

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Emily Letts



Emily Letts currently lives in Chicago. Besides her work with NotAlone.US she is working on a dual masters in public health and social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in women's health. Her video has over four million views and won the Judge’s Choice award in the Abortion Care Network’s first Abortion Stigma Busting Video Competition. View Guest page

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Dr. Logan Levkoff

Dr. Logan Levkoff is an internationally recognized expert on sexuality and relationships. As a thought leader in the field of human sexuality, Dr. Levkoff is a regular contributor to television shows and is also the host of CafeMom’s show, Mom Ed: In the Bedroom. Dr. Levkoff is the author of three books: Got Teens? The Doctor Moms’ Guide to Sexuality, Social Media, and Other Adolescent Realities, Third Base Ain't What it Used to Be: What Your Kids are Learning About Sex Today and How to Teach Them to Become Sexually Healthy Adults, and How to Get Your Wife to Have Sex with You, She is also a contributor to the anthology, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades and ToughLove. Logan Levkoff is an AASECT certified sex educator and has served on the AASECT Board of Directors. She received her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life Education from New York University and an M.S. in Human Sexuality Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. View Guest page

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David J. Ley, Ph.D.

David J. Ley, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is Executive Director of New Mexico Solutions, providing integrated addictions and mental health treatment. Dr.Ley has personally treated sexuality issues since 1995, with an increasing focus on promoting healthy sexuality and defending sex from those who call it unhealthy or abnormal. Insatiable Wives, Women Who Stray and The Men Who Love Them is his first book and won a Silver Medal in 2009. His controversial second book, The Myth of Sex Addiction has challenged the concept of sexual addiction and explores a different model of male sexuality. Dr. Ley is a popular speaker and writer, published extensively in print and online. He has appeared on numerous worldwide television and radio shows. His work has been covered by diverse sources from the New York Post to Hustler Magazine View Guest page

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Sinnamon Love

Sinnamon Love is a retired adult film star & fetish model. She works as a staff writer & relationship columnist for TheWellVersed.com, as well as a freelance, contributing writer for hip hop, parenting and feminist websites and academic books. In 2011, Sinnamon Love launched an internet radio show called Sex, Love & Hip Hop on DTFRadio.com. Love’s 17 year on camera career and educational background has made her an expert in the field related to pornography, sex work, human sexuality and other related subjects. Currently, Love lives in Brooklyn, New York raising a teenage daughter and Autistic teenage son. She has an adult daughter attending a university in Los Angeles, California. She is an outspoken Autism/ Asperger’s parent advocate and has recently taken on improving sex education in Inner City schools. View Guest page

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Sassafras Lowrey

Sassafras Lowrey is an internationally award-winning storyteller, author, artist and educator. Ze is the editor of the two time American Library Association honored, and Lambda Literary Finalist Kicked Out anthology. Roving Pack is hir debut novel. Learn more about Sassafras and hir work at www.SassafrasLowrey.com View Guest page

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Erika Lust

Erika Lust, born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1977, is an independent filmmaker, author, and founder of Erika Lust Films. After graduating from Lund University with a degree in Political Science with a focus on Feminism, Lust moved to Barcelona, where her production company was established in 2005. She has directed four award-winning erotic films - Five Hot Stories for Her, Barcelona Sex Project, Life Love Lust, and Cabaret Desire, as well as some shorts – and is currently working on her fifth. Her written works include Good Porn: a Woman’s Guide, The Erotic Bible to Europe, Love Me Like You Hate Me and La Canción de Nora. Lust is committed to forging a new concept of sexual expression: pledging, in her own words, "to create new waves in adult cinema, to show all of the passion, intimacy, love and lust in sex: where the feminine viewpoint is vital, the aesthetic is a pleasure to all of the senses and those seeking an alternative to porn can find a home." View Guest page

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Thomas Maier

Thomas Maier is an award-winning author and investigative journalist for Newsday in New York. He has written four books, including "Masters of Sex", a biography of sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, which has been made into a Golden Globe-nominated drama series starring actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. View Guest page

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Shay Martin

Shay Martin from Vibratex : Vibratex is a 30 yr old family company run by Dan and Shay Martin. We are known for creating unique, fun, quality vibrators and toys. Our Rabbit Pearl was the one and only vibe featured on "Sex and the City" which spawned a whole industry of vibrators. The ergonomics and quality of our materials are of the upmost importance to us and have always set us apart from other products on the market. Our dual backgrounds in engineering and biology have allowed us to steer clear of poor designs and inferior materials. Relationships with our manufacturers in Japan have also allowed us to develop a lasting relationship with the Hitachi corporation. Vibratex is the sole import agent for Hitachi to bring in the Magic Wand. We work closely with them to bring in the most reliable, most loved electric vibrator available in the world market. We are small but very dedicated company that has always designed our own and never copied trends or designs. And we have fun making people happy. View Guest page

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Masters of Sex

Dr. Morgana Maye

Dr. Morgana Maye is a San Francisco-based professional dominant, counselor, and human sexuality consultant. She teaches people how to fully express their kinky desires without shame, and empowers them with the language and skills necessary to negotiate loving and lasting kink-positive relationships. Dr. Maye is the owner Maison de la Maitresse, San Francisco’s premiere boutique dungeon. She has both Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology, with a post-doctoral specialty in forensics and working with sexual behavior problems. Her writing has appeared in Best American Erotica, Politically Inspired, and Sex for America, and she is the writer and host of the instructional video Whipsmart: A Good Vibrations Guide to Beginning S/M. View Guest page

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Maggie Mayhem

When Maggie Mayhem started volunteering as an HIV test counselor at UC Santa Cruz in 2003, she had no idea how radically it would change the direction of her entire life. Before long, she became a vocal activist for harm reduction and sex positivity. She has served as the coordinator of the UC Santa Cruz Anonymous HIV testing program, HIV Senior Specialist of Larkin Street Youth Services, and grant recipient for HIV prevention and care work in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Maggie Mayhem is also a writer, speaker, and performance artist as well as a queer porn performer who has appeared in movies from Madison Bound and Girlfriends Films and on Kink.Com, Crashpad Series, QueerPorn.TV, and on the website she built with her partner Ned, MeetTheMayhems.Com.  View Guest page

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Ned Mayhem

Ned Mayhem is a physics graduate student who has been a performer in straight, gay, and queer pornography since 2010. He has appeared in films that have been recognized at Cinekink, AVN, and the Feminist Porn Awards. With his partner Maggie Mayhem, Ned runs the independent DIY porn site MeetTheMayhems.com showcasing the couple's own brand of perversely heartwarming queer sexuality. Ned also uses the software he has developed for MeetTheMayhems to empower other adult performers and independent studios to control their own web presence and monetize their own content. In addition to MeetTheMayhems.com, Ned’s software runs such sites as Femifist.com, QueerlySF.com, and KittyStryker.com. Ned loves to share his pornographics enthusiasm with crowds, and he's spoken at MomentumCon 2012, Sex Week at Harvard, Arse Elektronika, Hackmeet, Nerd Nite SF, and OpenSF. View Guest page

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Mark A. Michaels

Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, a devoted married couple, have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. They are the authors of the award winning books, The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (Llewellyn, 2006), Tantra for Erotic Empowerment (Llewellyn 2008), and Great Sex Made Simple, which will be published in December 2012 (Llewellyn.) Their meditation CD set, Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep (Projekt Records) was a finalist for a 2012 COVR Visionary Award. Michaels and Johnson wrote and appeared in two instructional DVDs produced by the Alexander Institute: Tantric Sexual Massage for Lovers and Advanced Tantric Sex Secrets. They are senior students of Tantric pioneer Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati) who has named them his lineage holders for the Americas and Europe. In addition, the two are co-founders of the Pleasure Salon, a monthly gathering in New York City that brings together sex-positive people and pleasure activists from a variety of communities. View Guest page

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Midori

Sexuality educator, author and artist, Midori's made an improbable career out of being the traveling coach on creative and sensual living. Dubbed "the super nova of kink" by Dan Savage, she's known for her hilarious and practical classes on enhancing sexual fulfillment, boosting confidence and expanding personal growth. A native of Tokyo, she brings a unique perspective pleasure and authentic living. She wrote the first English book on Shibari "Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage", then "Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink", and twisted science fiction "Master Han's Daughter". In 2001 she founded Rope Bondage Dojo, trained cadres & lead Dojos each year. She created ForteFemme a women's dominance training and empowerment intensive. With Laura Antoniou she teaches Passionate Bonds on effective & meaningful D/s protocol. She creates provocative art internationally. She's been long active in HIV activism through AIDS LifeCycle. View Guest page

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Reid Mihalko

Sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com helps adults learn how to understand their lovers' bodies and be better communicators so they can create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives, no matter what their self-expression of those happen to be. From his rated-PG/PG-13 workshops (Cuddle Party, Speed-Flirting) to the rated-R (Iron Slut Sex Educator Showdown) to his explicit, NC-17 rated, Show-N-Tell sex education workshops (where audiences get to watch, take notes, and ask questions), Reid's workshops have been attended by close to 40,000 individuals from myriad walks of life, orientations, relationship styles, countries and religions. Reid has been a featured speaker at dozens of conferences on relationships and sexuality and is a sought-after presenter and teacher at colleges and sex positive stores across the country. Reid has been a writer and producer on a number of films and television projects about sex and relationships, and appears regularly in the media, including across the globe in thirteen countries and at least seven languages. View Guest page

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Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D.

Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She researches and teaches about race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture and the sex industries. Her forthcoming manuscript, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women, Sex Work, and Pornography (Duke University Press) examines African American women’s sex work in the porn industry. View Guest page

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Cunning Minx

Cunning Minx is the sultry-voiced producer and host of the Polyamory Weekly podcast, now with over 300 episodes in production. The podcast shares tales from the front of responsible non-monogamy from a pansexual, kink-friendly point of view. A kinky boobiesexual, Minx founded the show as a resource for the poly and poly-curious to form a community, share experiences and help guide each other on their journeys of poly and kinky exploration. Minx has been a submissive, bottom and otherwise generally non-dominant type for the past ten years. Minx has spoken on poly, kinky and Web 2.0 community-building topics at ShibariCon, Geek Girl Con, CatalystCon, MomentumCon, Atlanta Poly Weekend, Sex 2.0, Leather Leadership Conference, Dragon*Con, GD2, Heartland Polyamory Conference, New York Poly Pride and Poly Living. The Poly Weekly podcast is the winner of the 2007 Erotic Award for Best Podcast and has received accolades from ErosZine, Fleshbot and the Chicago Sun-Times. View Guest page

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Janet Mock

Janet Mock is a writer who founded the #Girlslikeus project, a media visibility campaign for trans women. Her memoir "Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More" was published in February 2014. Since sharing her story in 2011 through Marie Claire magazine, Janet has been featured in the HBO documentary The Out List and appears regularly on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Arcus Foundation and has been recognized by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Center for American Progress, the Women's Media Center and GOOD magazine for her work. A native of Honolulu, Janet lives and writes in New York City with her boyfriend Aaron and their cockapoo Cleo. Follow her on Twitter at @janetmock. View Guest page

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Dr. Emily Morse

Dr. Emily Morse is a sex expert and host of the top downloaded sex and relationship advice podcast Sex with Emily. She has helped millions of people have the sex and relationships they want but could not figure out how to get. Emily has been voted the #1 dating and sex expert by DatingAdvice.com and the #1 dating and sex expert to follow on Twitter. Emily launched the Sex with Emily radio show and podcast in 2005 before becoming a Bravo television personality on Miss Advised. She is dedicated to educating men and women about Kegel Exercises (check out her iPhone App: Kegel Camp) and is the author of the popular book, Hot Sex: Over 200 Things You Can Try Tonight. She is a weekly guest co-host on the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Emily earned her Doctor of Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco and received her BA in Psychology from University of Michigan. Prior to becoming a sex expert, Emily worked in politics as a campaign aide for California Senator Barbara Boxer and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. She also directed and produced the award-winning documentary, See How They Run, which follows a notorious San Francisco mayoral race. View Guest page

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Dr. Ruth Neustifter



Dr. Ruth Neustifter is an author, university faculty member, and sexuality researcher that joins us from snowy Ontario, Canada. They are also proud to co-chair one of the largest and longest running annual professional sexuality conferences in Canada, The Guelph Sexuality Conference. Since the late 1990s Ruthie has specialized in sexual well-being and pleasure, as well as the resilience of survivors of intimate violence.

They are the author of The Nice Girl’s Guide To Talking Dirty and an upcoming book on trauma survivors through Routledge, as well as numerous academic publications and presentations. They have given workshops throughout North American as well as in Mexico and Europe in venues ranging from homeless shelters to universities to resorts.

Dr. Ruthie considers themself an advocate for pleasure, intimacy, consent, and sex-positivity regardless of one’s past history, gender, health, sexuality, or desires. View Guest page

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Nica Noelle

Nica Noelle is one of the most prolific writer/directors working in adult films today. She has been credited with innovating a new approach to capturing sex on film and influencing a generation of adult filmmakers and performers. Ms. Noelle has created six successful studios in the last five years, and is currently working on her seventh with her business partner Executive Producer Jerry Anders of AEBN.net View Guest page

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Obscenity Rules

Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression View Guest page

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Marit Östberg

Marit Östberg is from Stockholm, Sweden, currently living in Berlin. Since making her debut as a porn-film director in the acclaimed porn compilation Dirty Diaries, Marit Östberg has continued to produce porn. She has become a part of the queer feminist porn scene that has evolved in Europe in recent years, directing and acting in work that pushes ideas of who and what porn might be for. Her films have been shown and discussed at various festivals around the world. Östberg has a background as queer feminist activist and journalist, and she´s been an important voice discussing and writing about sexual politics in swedish media the last decade. She sees porn as a creative way of working with sexual politics, wanting to expand the possibilities of being in the world. She says: “When queers and women take their sexuality into their own hands patriarchy is lost.” View Guest page

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Robert Page

The Producer of The Lovers' Guide Series, Robert Page, is an award-winning producer, director and writer who has spent over 25 years working mostly in the field of adult education. He began creating the series on video in 1991 in the UK, where the original film sold over a million copies in its first year and was the first non-fiction film to top the Uk video charts. He has since supervised its growth into one of the world's most authoritative sex series. And created the world’s first adult 3D theatrical feature: “The Lovers’ Guide 3D”. The material has been released as several books, magazines, and is the basis of the biggest dedicated website on the internet. Mr. Page is editor of "The Lovers' Guide Laid Bare" and co-editor of "The Lovers' Guide Illustrated Encyclopedia". He is a respected member of AASECT; WAS and SSSS. He has written, lectured and broadcast extensively. He has two sons and lives in New York. View Guest page

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Constance Penley

Constance Penley is Professor of Film and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Her major areas of research interest are film history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. She is a founding editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Media, Cultural Studies and editor or co-editor of the influential collections Feminism and Film Theory, Male Trouble, Technoculture, The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Science and Gender, and The Feminist Porn Book. Her books include The Future of an Illusion: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis, NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America, and the forthcoming Teaching Pornography. Her collaborative art projects include MELROSE SPACE: Primetime Art by the GALA Committee and Biospheria: An Environmental Opera. Penley is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Award and the Kenneth Burke Society Prize for Excellence in Rhetorical Studies. View Guest page

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Sandra Pertot

Sandra Pertot is currently in private practice as a clinical psychologist and sex therapist. For more than thirty five years she has specialised in the field of human sexuality. The presenting problems include low libido, mismatched libidos, erectile dysfunction, anorgasmia, rapid ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, vaginismus; sexual assault victims (male and female); sexual identity issues; impulsive/compulsive sexual behaviours; and non-sexual presentations in the general area of mental health, such as anxiety disorders, depression and so on. In addition, she presents one, two and three day workshops for health professionals on the assessment and management of sexual problems. View Guest page

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Derrick Pierce

Derrick Pierce is an adult performer, martial arts expert, and a self-described “Crossfit junkie.” He’s appeared in over 100 adult feature films, including Iron Man XXX, Upload, Tristan Taormino’s Guide to Kinky Sex for Couples, and Tuff Love, which he directed for Wicked Pictures. He’s received numerous award nominations, and he won the 2010 AVN Award for Unsung Male Performer of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @DPiercexxx and check out the fan site derrickpiercexxxstar.com. View Guest page

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Claire Bond Potter

Claire Bond Potter has been Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement since 2012. Prior to that I worked at Wesleyan University. I am currently writing a political history of anti-pornography campaigns, Sex in Public: Feminism, the Reagan Revolution and the Politics of Pornography, 1968-2000 (due to be completed in 2014.) I received my BA in English Literature from Yale University and my Ph.D. in History from New York University. I am the author of War on Crime: Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture (Rutgers University Press, 1998) and an editor, with Renee Romano, of Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (University of Georgia Press, 2012). Since 2007 I have blogged at Tenured Radical, which moved to The Chronicle of Higher Education in July 2011. View Guest page

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Joan Price

Ageless sexuality advocate Joan Price (joanprice.com) is the author of "Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex" and "Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty". Naked at Our Age won Outstanding Self-Help Book 2012 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and Best Book 2012 from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and the audiobook was nominated for an Audie in 2013. She recently edited a steamy senior sex anthology titled Ageless Erotica. Visit her zesty, award-winning blog about sex and aging at NakedAtOurAge.com, where Joan continues to talk out loud about Boomer/senior sex, partnered or solo. View Guest page

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Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology and a prior degree in sociology. She calls herself a cultural sexologist; while she addresses individual and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues. Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Company Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for sister company Good Releasing; and curating GV’s Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed/arts center San Francisco and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, conferences, and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. She blogs at the Good Vibes Magazine and is a sometime contributor to the Boston Dig. View Guest page

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Francisco Ramirez

Francisco Ramirez holds a Master of Public Health (concentration in sexuality) from Columbia University. For 15 years, Francisco has addressed the sexual health needs of diverse communities worldwide. He is a long-term consultant at the United Nations and has led multi-lingual education initiatives for: the UN, MTV Networks, Planned Parenthood, New York Academy of Medicine, and the NAACP. Since 2008 Francisco has offered Free Advice on sex to passersby in NYC parks. He is a prominent voice in the media on sex. At MTV Voices and MTV Staying Alive, he is an on-camera host and producer of sex-related content. In 2010 he guest-hosted the Savage LoveCast with Dan Savage. Currently, he is developing an original TV series and co-hosting a forthcoming web series on sex. Francisco lectures at universities and is creating a mobile app focused on sex ed. Francisco has worked in over 10 countries and is based in NYC. View Guest page

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Audacia Ray

Audacia Ray is a former sex worker and current media maker (and shaker). She has blogged about sexuality, culture, and politics since 2004 - including stints blogging for Fleshbot and the Village Voice - and spent three years as an executive editor at the Utne Reader award-winning $pread magazine. She is the author of Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration and won a Feminist Porn Award for her film The Bi Apple. These days, Audacia is the director of the Red Umbrella Project, which amplifies the voices of people in the sex trade through live storytelling events, media training, and advocacy workshops. Her monthly storytelling series the Red Umbrella Diaries and her blog Waking Vixen were named to the Village Voice’s Best of 2010 list. View Guest page

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Eve Rickert



Eve Rickert is a writer, editor and mastermind, and the co-author of the the new book More Than Two. Until taking time off from life to write the book and go on a book tour, she co-organized a group for poly women in Vancouver, Canada, and she blogs at the More Than Two website. She owns a science communications firm in Vancouver, Canada, called Talk Science to Me, and she is the co-founder of the publishing company Thorntree Press and the smart sex toy R&D company Tacit Pleasures.

Eve has been living poly since 2008, though her poly roots go back much deeper. Her approach to poly has changed radically over the years: from early experiences in high school, to first hearing the word “polyamory” in 1998, to first swingers’ party in 2006, to her current three long-term relationships. She's made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot of hard lessons. She co-wrote More Than Two to share those experiences with anyone who is struggling to maintain ethical multiple relationships with integrity, compassion and courage. View Guest page

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Ignacio Rivera

Ignacio Rivera aka Papí Coxxx identifies as a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, polyamorous, kinky, Black-Boricua. Ignacio, who prefers the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” is a lecturer, activist, filmmaker, sex educator, sex worker, and performance artist, sharing spoken word, one-person shows, and storytelling internationally. Their work has appeared in ColorLines, Ebony, Yellow Medicine Review, The Ultimate Guide to Kink and in their chapbooks, Las Alas, co-authored by Maceo Cabrera Estévez; Ingridients; and Thoughts, Rants and What Some Might Call Poetry. Ignacio is the recipient of a Marsha A. Gómez Cultural Heritage Award from LLEGÓ: The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization. Ignacio is one of the founding board members of Queers for Economic Justice; they are also the founder of Poly Patao Productions. Ignacio has been facilitating workshops, doing lectures and creating events for kinky, kinky-curious Queer/Trans POCs and their white queer and trans allies for over a decade. View Guest page

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Thomas S. Roche

Thomas S. Roche has been writing professionally since the 1980s. He's written more than 400 published short stories in many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime-noir, but is best known for his work in short erotic fiction. His most recent book is The Panama Laugh, a paramilitary science fiction zombie apocalypse about viral media, for which he was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. Roche served as the Marketing Manager at Good Vibrations, and has worked for Alt.com, The Eros Guide and Eros Zine, TinyNibbles.com, Gothic.net, GettingIt.com. Now, he's publisher and editor in chief of the e-book erotica publisher Deception Press. He recently celebrated the twentieth year of with the nonprofit San Francisco Sex Information, for which he is currently an instructor on the organization's Training Staff that trains new volunteers and other community health professionals, advocates and activists. View Guest page

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Emilie Rosen

Emilie Rosen from Fun Factory Who would have thought that in the mid-1990s two students from Bremen would make the important topic of female passion respectable? Dirk Bauer and Michael Pahl were fresh out of university when they founded their company FUN FACTORY in 1996. Their business idea? They wanted to produce aesthetic and trendy erotic toys that really speak to women and build a name for quality and class. “In a conversation with the founders of the erotic shop ‘For Ladies’ in Bremen, we learned that there was practically nothing of the kind,” Bauer said. “We recognized a gap in the market and made the decision to do something. Our products should unite aesthetics, quality and functionality. They should be fun and no one should be ashamed of them.” In the beginning, Bauer and Pahl sat at the kitchen table and made the form for the first FUN FACTORY dildo, “Paddy Pinguin” from clay. All dildos were first created as unique pieces, but as fans grew in number, so did requests continually climb and climb. Fifteen years later the two-man team at the kitchen table company has grown to Europe’s largest manufacturer of silicone erotic toys – with countless employees and customers from around the world. View Guest page

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Carlin Ross

Carlin Ross, entrepreneur and sex educator, has transcended her “ESQ” tagline to position herself at the forefront of female sexuality. She left her law career to create a lifestyle brand for women: cherrybomb. The site launch was featured on the front page of the NY Times on February 24, 2004. She has interviewed sexperts such as Ian Kerner, Helen Fischer, Candida Royalle, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, and Dr. Barbara Bartlik for the Sex Herald. And she has written/produced/directed several erotic features for Playgirl TV in addition to several original features - most recently Betty Dodson's Bodysex Workshop. She has appeared on The Sharon Osbourne Show, CNN, MSNBC, and Dateline and radio shows including Afternoon Advice on Playboy Radio. She has been featured in national publications including Marie Claire and Esquire. View Guest page

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Candida Royalle

Candida Royalle, president of Femme Productions®, is a frequent TV & radio guest and sought after expert on issues of relationships, sexuality and women’s self-empowerment. She is the author of “How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do: Sex Advice From a Woman who Knows” (Simon&Schuster). Royalle first became known for pioneering the genre of erotic movies by and for women and couples. Widely used by counselors and sexologists, her work has received international accolades for its sex-positive and egalitarian approach to sexuality and eroticism. Royalle has lectured at such venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the American Psychiatric Association's national conference, and the World Congress on Sexology, as well as numerous universities including Princeton, Columbia, Wellesley College and New York University. Royalle is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and a founding board member of Feminist for Free Expression (FFE). View Guest page

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Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan received a BA in Literature in 1984 and an MA and Ph.D. in psychology twenty years later. He spent the intervening decades traveling around the world, working at very odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research, Ebonics to English translation for a Spanish film festival...). Along the way, he decided to pursue doctoral studies in psychology, where his research focused on trying to distinguish the human from the cultural. His doctoral dissertation analyzes the prehistoric roots of human sexuality. Christopher has lectured at the University of Barcelona Medical School, consulted at various hospitals, been featured in both national and international media, from the New York Times to the Sydney Morning Herald. He’ll be giving a TED presentation on March 1st. View Guest page

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Dylan Ryan

Dylan Ryan. After working at the Lusty Lady and Good Vibrations in San Francisco, Dylan Ryan started her porn career in 2003 with Shine Lousie Houston's The Crash Pad. Since then, this porn superhero has starred in over 45 films, including Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Pegging, Expert Guide to Female Orgasms, and Rough Sex 2. She's collaborated with Courtney Trouble and was voted Heartthrob of the Year in 2009 at the Feminist Porn Awards. View Guest page

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Ingrid Ryberg

Ingrid Ryberg is defending her doctoral dissertation, Imagining Safe Space: The Politics and Ethics of Queer, Feminist and Lesbian Pornography, in February 2012 at the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden. She has published articles in academic journals such as Film International, Montage AV and Frauen und Film and regularly writes for the Swedish movie magazine FLM. She also has a background as a cultural journalist, TV-reporter and filmmaker. She is the director of the drag king documentary Dragkingdom of Sweden (2002), the educational film Var fick du luft ifrån? En utbildningsfilm om härskartekniker (2005) and the lesbian short Phone Fuck (2009), made for the Swedish feminist porn film collection Dirty Diaries (Mia Engberg, 2009). View Guest page

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Anne G. Sabo

Anne G. Sabo is a former academic turned public educator, author, speaker, freelance writer, and mama- and sex blogger. Her new book After Pornified: How Women Are Transforming Pornography & Why It Really Matters has been called “a goldmine for all sex-positive women and men,” and a “candid, well-informed personal story of how a good girl became involved in porn.” As a college professor, she taught courses in literature, film and women’s studies. She has researched feminist pornography for more than a decade and has become an acknowledged expert in the field. She has written numerous articles and essays on the subject, and is a frequently consulted speaker on the topic. She grew up in Norway, earned her Ph.D. from University of Washington, and has been living in Northfield, Minnesota with her spouse and their now preschooler daughter. View Guest page

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Dan Savage

Dan Savage is an author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor who pens the internationally syndicated sex advice column Savage Love. He is the author of Skipping Towards Gomorrah, The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family, and The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided To Go Get Pregnant, a memoir about becoming a father. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller began the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth and they co-edited the book It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. He is the star of MTV’s new show Savage U, which debuted in April, and follows him as he speaks to college students about sex and relationships on campuses around the country. View Guest page

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Sinclair Sexsmith

Sinclair Sexsmith (MrSexsmith.com) writes the award-winning personal online project Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at SugarButch.net. They have contributed to more than a dozen anthologies, and is the editor of Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica. They teach workshops on gender and sexuality throughout the US, including at various colleges. View Guest page

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Felice Shays

Where respect, humor, straight talk, and sex collide is where you’ll find Felice Shays. Providing sexual and BDSM education and counseling for a dozen years in the US and Canada to thousands of people, Felice has been featured in print and on T.V. encouraging people to do breathtaking sexual feats. Recently returned to Brooklyn NY, Felice has presented at a plethora of conferences, sex toy stores, universities, and private functions including Good For Her, Black Rose, Pacific Friction, Dark Odyssey, Babeland, LSM, TES, Wicked Womyn, Shebop, KinkFest, Sugar, Tribal Fire, Come As You Are, The Exiles, Desire, Thunder In The Mountains, and Bringing Age Out Of The Closet. Felice is working on her new book on rough sex, Brutal Affection: The Joys of Rough Sex, an excerpt of which is in Tristan Taromino’s anthology The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge. Due to her work as a certified American Sign Language Interpreter for many years, Felice also teaches Deaf people in ASL about sex, sensual technique and creativity, self-discovery, rough sex, and various aspects of BDSM. View Guest page

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Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff

A pioneer in research on polyamory, Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on poly families with children, having conducted the only longitudinal analysis of poly families with children to date. After teaching Sociology for 15 years at three universities, Dr. Sheff established the Sheff Consulting Group (SCG), a think-tank of academicians and professionals who specialize in legal and educational services for unconventional populations, and those who need to know about them. As the Senior Legal Consultant at SCG, Dr. Sheff specializes in families of sexual minorities, providing expert witness services, home evaluations for unconventional families facing child custody issues or attempting to adopt kids, and continuing education to lawyers, educators, counselors, and therapists. Her book The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple Partner Relationships and Families is being published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2013. View Guest page

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Kelly Shibari

From her background in design and construction in mainstream film and television production, to performing in front of the camera as the sexually charged figurehead for chubby Asian girls everywhere, Kelly Shibari is a stereotype-breaking tour-de-force. Holding the distinct honor of being the only plus-sized performer ever molded for a Fleshlight, Kelly is also the face of harness company SpareParts Hardwear®’s plus size line, and made sexy pop culture media site Fleshbot’s Top Ten Crush Object List for 2013. Her self-produced, self-marketed DVD, Kelly Shibari is Overloaded, was nominated for both XBIZ and AVN, not just for the DVD itself but also for its marketing campaign. Kelly was named 2013 BBW Performer of the Year at EXXXOTICA’s fan-based awards, “The Fannys,” and also named Best BBW Performer at the 2013 NightMoves Awards. Most recently, Kelly made history as the first-ever plus size model ever to grace the cover of Penthouse Magazine’s Penthouse Forum. View Guest page

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Celine Parreñas Shimizu

Celine Parreñas Shimizu teachs film and performance theory and production as Professor of Asian American, Comparative Literature, Feminist Studies and Film and Media Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is part of a decades long history of race and media production in the U.C. system. She is the author of the award-winning book The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene (Duke University Press, 2007) and Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies (Stanford University Press, 2012). Her first feature documentary Birthright: Mothering across Difference (2009) won Best Feature Documentary at the Big Mini DV Festival in 2009. Her films The Fact of Asian Women (2004), Super Flip (1997), and Mahal Means Love and Expensive are distributed by Progressive Films and Her Uprooting Plants Her (1995) is distributed by Third World Newsreel. Her numerous articles are included in the journals Concentric, The Journal of Asian American Studies, Signs, The Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Wide Angle and Theatre Journal. View Guest page

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Jim Short

Jim Short is a stand-up comedian originally from Australia. Jim tours regularly throughout the United States and his act comprises a mix of personal observations on pop and social culture, world media and history, and television and music references. He performed at the 2004 Montreal International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, where he was deemed one of the “Talk of the Fest” performers. He won the 2004 San Francisco International Stand Up Competition. Jim has made numerous television appearances, including Shorties Watchin’ Shorties, Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, John Wants Answers, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. He co-hosts the podcast Monsters of Talk with Margaret Cho. View Guest page

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Annie M. Sprinkle

Annie M. Sprinkle is an internationally known multi-media artist whose work is often studied in History of Performance Art classes, gender studies and film studies at major Universities/Colleges. Sprinkle has continuously toured one-woman theater performances about her life since 1989, such as Post Porn Modernist and Hestory of Porn. One of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement,” Ms. Sprinkle’s art work has long championed sex education and equal rights. The film she produced and directed, The Sluts and Goddesses Video Workshop has played in well over 100 film festivals, at museums and galleries, including at the Guggenheim in NYC. She became the first sex film star to successfully bridge into the world of art, and to earn a Ph.D., which she was awarded from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, in 2002. She is a popular visiting artist at many Universities. Annie Sprinkle’s autobiographical book, Post Porn Modernist broke new ground in art books that include sexually oriented imagery. Her book, Hard Core From the Heart; The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance was published by Continuum Press for the academic market and won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award (2002). View Guest page

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Steven St. Croix

Steven St. Croix has performed in over 1200 full length feature movies with over 1600 woman on camera. He received 55 nominations for AVN, XRCO and XBIZ Awards (and 19 wins), won 2 Nightmoves Awards, and is a member of both the AVN and XRCO Halls of Fame. He's the triple crown winner for Best Actor 2013 for XBIZ, AVN and XRCO for his role in “Torn”. St. Croix is the first male star to be signed to an exclusive contract with a video company, the first male contract star for Vivid Video, and had his penis insured for $1 million dollars through Lloyd’s of London. In addition to starring in films for Vivid, Adam & Eve, Penthouse, Wicked, Cinemax, and Hustler, he's also written and directed 20 adult films. He's widely known for comedic and dramatic roles, including parts in Baywatch, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Six Feet Under, The Client List and Castle. His latest book is "Porn Star: Everything You Want to Know and Are Embarrassed to Ask." View Guest page

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Jacky St. James

Jacky St. James is an award winning writer and director in the adult entertainment industry. She is known for creating a wide range of films, from romantic comedies to edgier all-sex releases, with her most acclaimed titles being: Torn, The Friend Zone, Power and Control, The Submission of Emma Marx, and The Temptation of Eve. During this past 2013 award season, Torn (which St. James wrote and then subsequently co-directed with Eddie Powell) took home multiple awards including: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Couples’ Release, and Best Screenplay. Throughout her career in adult, St. James has been an advocate of couple's-oriented pornography and has been a guest speaker UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, AEE, Exxxotica, XBIZ 360. She has been featured in several popular mainstream publications including Jezebel, Slate, and the Examiner. St. James shares pictures, clips, and stories about her successes and debacles as a woman working within the adult industry on her website, missjackystjames.com. View Guest page

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Magdalene St. Michaels

Magdalene St. Michaels The British-born Magdalene St. Michaels was discovered by Girlfriends Films in 2007 at the AEE convention in Las Vegas. She was simply walking around the booths for fun when a Girlfriends exec flagged her down and asked her to consider a career in adult movies. A classically trained theater actress, singer and dancer, Magdalene was looking for a creative outlet and decided to give it a try. She has quickly built a name as one of the most authentic performers in girl/girl erotica, and at over 50, a role model for "older women" in the industry. She has performed in select boy/girl scenes, but her true passion remains all-girl erotica. View Guest page

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Aiden Starr

Aiden Starr was born to be a Mistress. While working in NYC as a fetish model and performer, she also managed The Den of Antiquity, a prominent fetish dungeon and later opened another branch of The Den when she moved to Los Angeles. In 2006, Aiden and her long time gal pal Julie Simone worked together to produce “Vicious Vixens” for Julie Simone Productions. Their goal was to accurately portray the fetish lifestyle with respect and understanding so that the hardcore fans of fetish content were pleased. The series has received rave reviews and has been nominated for Best BDSM film at the AVN Awards. Starr has been nominated for a variety of awards, including the 2013 AVN Award - Unsung Starlet of the Year, and she won the 2009 AVN Award for Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene for the movie “Cheerleaders.” View Guest page

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Bobbi Starr

Bobbi Starr is a very hardcore kind of performer and director. Her scenes have been shot for gonzo companies like Evil Angel, Jules Jordan Video and Red Light District and she won AVN Awards for Most Outrageous Sex Scene and Best Double Penetration Sex Scene as well as an XRCO Award for Most Orgasmic Oralist and two consecutive wins for Superslut. You may have seen her on Kink.com’s websites in many of their scenes, and she’s also in demand in Europe, having received an AVN nomination for Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production for “Into the Dark” from Daring Media Group and a coveted Hot d’Or nomination for Female American Performer of the Year. She’s also a former nationally ranked swimmer and a trained professional concert oboist. View Guest page

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Elizabeth M. Stephens

Elizabeth M. Stephens is interdisciplinary artist, activist and educator who has explored themes of sexuality, gender, queerness, and feminism through art for over 20 years. Her current passion is SexEcology: the art of exploring the Earth as a lover. This work is designed to create the desire in others to love, cherish and honor the earth as they would their own lover, instead of expecting the earth to take care of them as one might expect from one’s mother. SexEcology combines Stephens’ interest in sexuality and ecology in order to help stop environmental degradation and bring about environmental healing and pleasure. Some of her other works include the bronze sculptural installation, The Academic/Porn Star Panty Collection; the road trip performance piece Wish You Were Here; the video installation, Kiss, as well as her ongoing collaboration with Annie Sprinkle in the Love Art Laboratory. She has exhibited and performed in museums, galleries and festivals around the world. View Guest page

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Julie Stewart

Julie Stewart has been part of Sportsheets for the past nineteen years overseeing finance, sales, marketing, human resources, strategic planning and working with product development. In 2012 she was promoted to President of the company. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Warren Wilson College in 1993. In 1999, she received an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. She enjoys the challenges of running a business and especially likes working with customers, the Sportsheets staff, and seeing our new releases excel in the market place. She loves that Sportsheets is about keeping couples connected and is rewarded by the joy Sportsheets brings to people. On her time off she loves being with her family learning from her six year old daughter Samantha. She likes music, traveling, shopping, reading and being with family. View Guest page

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Tom Stewart

Tom Stewart, Founder and CEO of Sportsheets International, Inc., created the Sportsheet, the “Velcro” Bondage Bedsheet, while serving as a helicopter pilot in the Marines in the late 1980’s. Tom banked on this unique idea for a never-before-made product, unknowingly, on the cusp of the adult novelty industry explosion. Inspired by an episode of the David Letterman Show, he developed a product that would allow you to restrain your partner with safe and easy-to-use Velcro. A key selling point on the Sportsheet is that “you’re only as tied us as you want to be,” which makes the product very alluring to women. Over the last two decades Tom continued to build his company on the fantasy bondage concept, developing more than 500 different products for curious couples. View Guest page

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Matthew Stillman

Matthew Stillman, born & bred New Yorker, ran program development at Food Network for many years. He conceived of & produced the film "The End of Poverty?" that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival & went to 40 film festivals. He spoke at the UN four times about the film. A lifetime with literature, inner spiritual work from different traditions, creativity & play, he has written "Genesis Deflowered" in a genre that he may have just made up - Biblical Erotica written in Elizabethan English View Guest page

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Jackie Strano

Jackie Strano is the Executive Vice President of Good Vibrations the legendary feminist sex positive adult retailer founded in 1977. Strano is an award winning and best-selling adult filmmaker of explicit and non-explicit sex-ed movies, a sex educator for over 20 years, author, performer, producer, and has lectured at conferences, universities, and appeared on HBO, various documentaries, and featured in Cosmo, Playboy, Self Magazine, Salon, The Village Voice, and various independent newspapers throughout the country. View Guest page

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Whitney Strub

Whitney Strub is an associate professor of history and director of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right and Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression. He has also written for Salon, Radical History Review, OutHistory.org, Journal of Women’s History, and Journal of the History of Sexuality, among other venues. He lives in Philadelphia View Guest page

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Cecilia Tan

Susie Bright says Cecilia Tan is "simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature." Her BDSM romance novel Slow Surrender (Hachette/Forever, 2013) won the RT Reviewers Choice Award in Erotic Romance. Her books often explores sex, sensuality, and sexuality, among them: Black Feathers (HarperCollins), White Flames (Running Press), and Edge Plays (Circlet Press), The Prince's Boy (Circlet Press), The Hot Streak (Riverdale Avenue Books), and her latest novel, SLOW SATISFACTION, which brings to a close her current BDSM trilogy for Hachette.Her short stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Nerve, Best American Erotica, Asimov's Science Fiction, and tons of other places. Tan was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010, was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association in 2004. View Guest page

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The Smitten Kitten

The Smitten Kitten is a hub of community activity. We consider ourselves sex-positive culture makers and community members. When we opened in 2003, there were only a handful of places like this in the country—in the world even. We were tired of scouring the internet for helpful and relevant information about sex, and we were totally exhausted by shopping online for toys and supplies that too often ended up being disappointing. So, for the better of our own sex lives, we opened our own sex toy store. What you’ll find at Smitten Kitten today is the place we wish we had when we were first adult retail consumers ourselves. Our store is welcoming. The folks who work here are friendly and honestly helpful. The products that we sell are well-researched, are good quality, and represent the best value in their class. Read some of our reviews online and you’ll see that it’s not only us who think we’re doing a pretty good job. What you will find are wholesome, sexy Midwestern folks and visitors of all ages, races, abilities, sexual orientations, and genders shopping with common purpose: a happier, healthier, sexier and more inspiring love life. View Guest page

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Clarisse Thorn

Clarisse Thorn is a feminist, sex-positive educator who has delivered sexuality workshops and lectures to a variety of audiences, including museums and universities across the USA. In 2009, she created and curated the ongoing Sex+++ sex-positive documentary film series at Chicago's historic feminist site, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. In 2010, she returned to the USA after working on HIV mitigation in southern Africa. She has also volunteered as an archivist, curator and fundraiser for that venerable S&M institution, the Leather Archives & Museum. Clarisse's writing has appeared across the Internet in places like The Guardian, AlterNet, Feministe, Jezebel, The Good Men Project, Role/Reboot, and Time Out Chicago. View Guest page

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Tristan's Mother

Courtney Trouble

Courtney Trouble is a film-maker, published and celebrated photographer, queer rights activist, DIY genius, and an award-winning feminist pornographer. Courtney is the founder of NoFauxxx.Com and QueerPorn.TV, as well of the director of 12 full-length films. Queer Porn Icon Courtney Trouble has been producing, directing, and performing in Queer Porn since 2002, and is responsible for coining the term “Queer Porn” as a genre in the mainstream industry. Nominated for 3 AVN Awards, and winner of 4 Feminist Porn Awards, Courtney Trouble’s films speak to an extremely fluid, authentic, and hardcore version of graphic sexual imagery. View Guest page

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Alison Tyler

Alison Tyler: Called a “Trollop with a Laptop” by East Bay Express, a “Literary Siren” by Good Vibrations, and “over caffeinated” by her favorite local barista, Alison Tyler has made being naughty a full-time job. Her sultry short stories have appeared in more than 100 anthologies including Sex for America, Liaisons, and Bedding Down. In all things important, she remains faithful to her partner of 17 years, but she still can’t choose just one perfume. Find her 24/7 at alisontyler.blogspot.com. View Guest page

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Jessica Valenti

Jessica Valenti is the author of three books: Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut…and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know, and The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women which has been made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation. She is the editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, which was named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top 100 Books of 2009. Jessica is also the founder of Feministing.com. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), The American Prospect, Ms., Salon, and Bitch magazine. She has appeared on The Colbert Report and the Today show, among others, and was profiled in The New York Times Magazine under the headline “Fourth Wave Feminism.” She received her Masters degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. View Guest page

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Lisa Vandever

As co-founder and director of CineKink, an organization that recognizes and encourages the positive depiction of sexuality in film and television, Lisa Vandever curates and oversees an annual film festival and touring series designed to promote and showcase such works. Billing itself as "the kinky film festival," with offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at CineKink, currently in its eleventh season, range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit--and everything in between. View Guest page

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Malay Vannouvong

Malay Vannouvong has been a part of the Aneros team for almost 5 years. Fresh out of the Univ. of Houston in 2008, Aneros gave her her first real job and she was appointed Dir. of Client Relations at the end of 2012. What started off as a cool option, an alternative to a cubicle within a restrictive corporate setting, has quickly transformed into a passion. ANEROS is the home of products scientifically designed for sexual wellness and pleasure. Backed by years of testimonials from happy customers, and great reviews on the radio, books, magazines, and the web, ANEROS has established itself as the ultimate source for sexual fulfillment. View Guest page

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Cathy Vartuli

Cathy Vartuli is a sex-positive Emotional Freedom and Relationship Coach who helps people transform their traumas into their greatest strengths using love, laughter and inner guidance. Cathy is a PhD scientist and engineer with 18 patents and author of over 50 scientific publications and 70 conference presentations. She is a certified AAMET Advanced Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner, and offers a wide range of programs and services – from audio products and programs, to group and individual coaching. She's been coaching for 6 years and has worked with over a thousand clients. She has co-lead programs and products with Reid Mihalko, and created a PSA on body image with Buck Angel. Cathy has been featured on EFT Hub World Video Summit, the EFT-Universe, Living Energy Secrets, and Create Your Dream Life Summit. View Guest page

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Franklin Veaux



Franklin Veaux is the co-author of the groundbreaking new book More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory, and the author of the top-ranked polyamory site on the Web, morethantwo.com. He also maintains the sites xeromag.com and symtoys.com, which include extensive writings about BDSM, publishes erotic fiction under the pen name William Vitelli, and is the co-founder of the publishing company Thorntree Press and the sex toy R&D company Tacit Pleasures.

Franklin started practicing non-monogamy from the moment he started becoming aware that boys and girls are different. He started writing about it in 1998. Over the decades, he's made just about every mistake it’s possible to make in polyamorous relationships. Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgment. Today, he has five partners, lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends a great deal of time writing about everything from relationship ethics to transhumanism to computer security. View Guest page

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Rachel Venning

Rachel Venning & Claire Cavanah are co-founders of Babeland, the famous sex toy shop celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Babeland is all about promoting sexual vitality, not only with customers in the store, but out in the community, whether that means visiting senior centers or student groups or anywhere else. They’ve got a message of self-love, body-positivity and pleasure that they want to share. They are also the co-authors of the books Sex Toys 101 and Moregasm: Babeland’s Guide to Mindblowing Sex. They answer questions about sex, sex toys and the sex toy industry for media outlets as diverse as Brooklyn Paper and the Columbia University C-Spot to the New York Times and CNN. They also blog, tweet and answer sex questions at Babeland.com. View Guest page

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Allison Vivas

After completing her degree at the University of Arizona in 2001, Allison Vivas joined a startup adult website affiliate program called TopBucks at the age of 21. Allison quickly rose to the position of Marketing Director, where she oversaw a wide range of the company's activities in marketing, sales, event coordination, and project planning, across several product lines for both the adult entertainment and 'mainstream' markets. In 2004, the company launched Pink Visual to bring together its Internet, broadcast and DVD distribution efforts under a single brand. Allison was named President of the company in 2006 and since then the company has played a major role with mobile distribution and anti-piracy efforts, most recently launching the Anti-Piracy Service: DMCA Force. She penned "Making Peace with Porn" in 2013 which combined research with her own personal growth around understanding porn as a woman. View Guest page

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Anita Wagner Illig

Anita Wagner Illig is a thought leader, media consultant , spokesperson and educator on polyamory, relationship choice and families of the heart. Via her website, practicalpolyamory.com, she provides resources on a vast range of subjects of interest and concern to the polyamory community, as well as to members of the media. Anita serves on the Advisory Council of The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, is an active member of the Polyamory Leadership Network. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Loving More® and is co-founder and former member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for 21st Century Relationships. She has taught more than 100 classes on polyamory relationship skills at conferences across the U.S. Anita has appeared on television in interviews on polyamory in Washington, DC and Baltimore and has been quoted in news articles in The New York Times, Newsweek, the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, BBC and Salon.com, amongst many others. View Guest page

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Mollena Williams

This “Delicate, Trembling Flower of Submission” © is a NYC born and raised writer, actress, BDSM Educator, Storyteller and an Award-Winning Executive Pervert. She served as International Ms Leather 2010 and was named Ms. San Francisco Leather 2009. Her latest project, co-authored with Lee Harrington, is Playing Well With Others: Your Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities. She is the author of the Toybag Gude: Taboo Play. Her essays appear in Best Sex Writing 2010, Kiss my Boots, and The Ultimate Guide to Kink. Mollena is a featured educator with The Kink Academy and a columnist for SexIs Magazine. Her background includes spoken word, classical theater, dance, performance art, and all manner of stagecraft. Mollena has been featured on the Folsom Street Fair 2010 Poster, as well as modeling for Stormy Leather. A founding member of Crowded Fire Theater Co. and former co-host of San Francisco's Queer Open Mic, Mo blogs as The Perverted Negress at Mollena.com. View Guest page

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Kristina Wright

Kristina Wright: Described by The Romance Reader as “a budding force to be reckoned with,” Kristina Wright is a full-time writer and the editor of the bestselling Fairy Tale Lust, as well as other Cleis Press anthologies including Dream Lover; Steamlust; Lustfully Ever After; Duty and Desire and the Best Erotic Romance series. Kristina’s erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over one hundred anthologies and her articles, interviews and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications, both print and online. She received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from Romance Writers of America for her first novel Dangerous Curves and she’s a member of RWA as well as the special interest chapters Passionate Ink and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal. She holds degrees in English and humanities and has taught composition and world mythology at the college level. Originally from South Florida, Kristina lives in Virginia with her husband Jay and their two little boys. View Guest page

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Danny Wylde

Madison Young

MADISON YOUNG is an artist and activist dedicated to creating space for love. This sexpert grew up in the suburban landscape of Southern Ohio before moving to San Francisco, California in 2000. Since then this mid-western gal has dedicated her days to facilitating safe space to dialogue on the topic of fringe identities and cultures as well as documenting healthy expression of sexuality. Young's breadth of work in the realm of sexuality spans from documenting our sexual culture in her feminist erotic films to serving as the Artistic Director of the forward thinking non-profit arts organization, Femina Potens Art Gallery. Young values sexual education in her work and has taught workshops, lectures, and acted as a panelist on the topics of sexuality, feminist porn studies, and the politics of BDSM around the world including at Yale University, Hampshire College, Northwestern University, University of Toronto, University of Minnesota, and UC Berkeley. Her writings have been published in books such as The Ultimate Guide to Kink, Baby Remember My Name, Rope, Bondage, and Power, Best Sex Writing of 2013, and John's Marks, Tricks, and Chickenhawks. View Guest page

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Andrea Zanin



Andrea Zanin, a.k.a. Sex Geek, has been teaching about queer sexuality, non-monogamy and BDSM/leather internationally for over a decade, and she endeavours to bring an awareness of privilege and oppression to all her work. Andrea is pursuing a PhD in women’s studies at York University with a focus on Canadian leatherdyke history. She has written about sex, relationshisp and kink for numerous magazines and newspapers, blogs at http://sexgeek.wordpress.com. Her erotic short stories and essays on sex and SM have been published in a number of anthologies. Andrea co-organizes the annual Canadian leatherdyke weekend An Unholy Harvest, runs a pervy book club called The Leather Bindings Society and judges the occasional leather contest. She lives in Toronto and enjoys cultivating M/s relationships with exceptionally high-quality individuals, eating fine dark chocolate and wearing really nice shoes. View Guest page

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Cindy Gallop on Make Love Not Porn, Changing Perceptions of Sex and How She'd Run the World

November 16, 2012
Hosted by Tristan Taormino

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This Friday on Sex Out Loud we're thrilled to spend a whole hour talking live with Cindy Gallop, advertising and marketing rockstar who recently launched "Make Love Not Porn", a site launched at her popular 2009 TED talk of the same name. We'll discuss how dating younger men led to the idea, technology's hardcore impact human behavior, and how she hopes to help inspire and stimulate open, healthy conversations about sex and pornography. We'll be live for the whole hour, join the discussion and be ready to call in with questions or share them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino

Friday at 5 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

This program contains explicit content that may be unsuitable for some listeners. Discretion is advised.

Join award winning author, speaker, sex educator and filmmaker Tristan Taormino as she explores the world of sexuality from every angle. Tristan will interview leading authors, educators, artists and icons and give you an uncensored, inside look at alternative sexual practices and communities. She’ll delve into topics from the popular to the taboo, including erotic fantasies, BDSM, non-monogamy, the adult industry, and more. Tristan will answer your questions on the air sharing her fifteen years of experience and honest, down to earth, sex-positive advice. Open your mind and expand your erotic horizons. Tune in to Sex Out Loud, live every Friday at 5 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Tristan Taormino

Tristan Taormino is an award winning author, sex educator, speaker, and filmmaker. She is the author of seven books, including The Secrets of Great G-Spot Orgasms and Female Ejaculation, The Big Book of Sex Toys, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, and The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women. She has edited 25 anthologies including The Ultimate Guide to Kink and the Lambda Literary Award winning series Best Lesbian Erotica. She’s written for a multitude of publications from Yale Journal of Law and Feminism to Penthouse. For nine and a half years, she wrote a column in The Village Voice and has written an advice column for Taboo Magazine since 1999.

As the head of Smart Ass Productions, she directs and produces adult sex education and erotic films, including The Expert Guide series for Vivid Entertainment. Her films have won more than a dozen awards, and she was honored with the prestigious Feminist Porn Trailblazer Award in 2010. Tristan and her work have been featured in over 300 publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Men’s Health, and Playboy. She has appeared on HBO’s Real Sex, Ricki Lake, The Howard Stern Show, Loveline, MTV, CNN, NBC, and The Discovery Channel. She lectures at top colleges and universities including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, and NYU. She teaches sex and relationship classes around the world.

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