Meet Our Teachers–Tracy Bartlett

TracyBartlett-Feb14 I caught up with the peripatetic Tracy Bartlett, who lives in the southern part of the state and visits the Bay Area just a couple of times a year, just this morning to ask a couple of questions about tonight’s workshop. Last night she did her signature workshop on kissing, Lip Service–look for it when we’re lucky enough to have her back on the After Hours roster! Detail about tonight’s class and ticket link is below. –Carol Queen


CQ: Many of your classes focus on sexual skills other than intercourse. Want to say a bit about the importance of hands and mouths to people’s experience of intimacy?

Tracy: We are whole bodies and there is so much pleasure in all of it. Our culture’s singular genital focus is, I think, a manifestation of overkill goal orientation. Let’s take everybody to the party.

CQ: What’s your advice for people who find it hard to get into oral sex?

Tracy: Start slowly and with what you do enjoy. We don’t learn to like something by doing what we don’t like. So start with hands, then maybe rubbing your face around your partner’s genitals, notice how the scent changes as their arousal increases, notice their pleasure. See where that takes you. Internal self-judgement shuts down erotic energy so just notice it and then have another touch or sniff to help let it go.

CQ: Often you do a summer tour and teach in many different places. Is that true this year? Are you planning interesting August adventures? Or tell us about a great past trip.

Tracy: I have great memories of doing workshops at the Michigan Women’s Music Fest, years ago. We had, on several occasions, 300 women in a meadow for a make out fest (The Art of Kissing workshop). I loved getting the follow up stories; all week women would come up to me and say “Wanna hear what we did AFTER your workshop?” And I did!


The Gourmet Male Hand Job
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows

Giving a gourmet hand job can be a wonderful treat, and there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. Come learn how to make your guy’s toes curl with an amazing erotic genital massage. Sex educator Tracy Bartlett will explain important anatomy basics, creating a smooth flow from warm-up all the way to the happy ending, using toys, bringing anal and prostate play into the mix, and much more.

Please bring a dildo or a cucumber to practice on.

Dr. Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old in 2012, since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Good Vibrations Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing. She also curates the company's Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, 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 at SFGate's City Brights bloggers page and contributes to the Boston Dig. For more about her at

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2 Responses

  1. Annie says:

    Great page/post. Anytime I see someone trying to help couples with their relationship, sex lives I think it’s a good thing..

  2. says:

    too bad, I’m too far to attend the hand job talk