Progressive Pleasure Club
The Progressive Pleasure Club is a network of independent sex shops dedicated to helping people make informed decisions about sexuality products. They are committed to the promotion of accurate and honest pleasure-based sexuality education, and to offering products that meet the highest standards of safety.
The Rubber Rose, San Diego, CA
Early to Bed, Chicago, IL
Nomia, Portland, ME
Sugar, Baltimore, MD
The Tool Shed, Milwaukee, WI
Good For Her, Toronto, ON
Self Serve Toys, Albuquerque, NM
These shops embody sex positivity, and I am glad to have visited two of these shops in my area, and support them as much as possible. If you are looking for sex toys, erotica or other sex accoutrements, consider these shops first!
Northwestern CARE Setting a Precedent
My alma mater has been brought into the spotlight several times in the last few years, most notably for the FuckSaw, but the news of the first coordinator for the Northwestern Center for Awareness, Response and Education (CARE) is shedding some positive light on all that the campus does for healthy sexuality and sexual assault prevention. Eva Ball became the first coordinator for CARE, a brand new department that is specifically designed to address the needs of survivors of sexual assault and rape, as well as educate the campus on ways to reduce rape.
Ball said she looks forward to working on both short- and long-term projects to make NU a sexually healthy campus. She will work in the Center for Awareness, Response and Education, an office created in September and funded by a $300,000 grant that NU’s Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence won.
This would not have been possible for Northwestern without my former advisor, Laura Stuart, as she is the one that successfully filed the application for the grant, and formed the CCSV throughout campus to enumerate all the shortcomings of the current system, that CARE would need to address.
Also, Eva Ball has my absolute dream job. So amazed and impressed by her resume, and I’m excited to see what she will help the campus achieve this year.
Sex Positive Parenting: Kids Found the Condoms
This is the first of hopefully many in a series called Sex Positive Parenting. As something I discuss with people in many contexts, part of being sex positive is providing a sex positive environment for the entire family. This includes honest conversations with children and teens about reproduction, sexuality and heath.
This following article, found at SEXPress, is written by my former advisor, Laura Stuart, MPH. There’s many good tidbits about how to address a situation when children found condoms in their parents’ possession.
If a child finds condoms and already knows the basics of “how babies are made” or the mechanics of sexual intercourse, you can remind the child of the book, class or discussion where they learned about sex or reproduction, followed by brief information about what condoms do (e.g., “Remember your book about how babies are made? This is something that keeps babies from being made before parents are ready for them.”). If the child doesn’t know a lot about sex and reproduction, you can answer in a less specific way about what condoms do (e.g., “This is something that grown-ups use to keep themselves healthy and safe.”)
Having this quick, honest explanation handy is only part of creating an atmosphere that does not stigmatize sex, and the way to discuss sex with children and teens is definitely a dynamic and evolving process. Keep an eye out for more articles on Sex Postive Parenting!
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