Sex Questions from the Twittersphere: Sex-Positive Educators in Hawai`i?

Question:

Know of any sex-positive educators in the Honolulu area? Or good references for self learning?

Hmm! I’ll want to do a little research for you re: the first question (unless we have some HI folks tuned in who would like to weigh in on this?) “ for your second question I’d say that there are books, videos and websites out there that will answer practically any question you have, or put you on the track to sexual exploration and growth.

I’d like to hear back re: whether there are particular things you have questions about (and if you want to let me know, at carol@carolqueen.com, I may be able to specify some resources for you).

But some basics: Scarleteen.com is a site for youth, the only one that incorporates pleasure as well as health, and they discuss any- and everything on the minds of the young folks who go there and ask questions. A wealth of info there. Heather Corinna, who runs it, also has a book out called S.E.X. “ and it’s a very good place to begin, even if you’re not a teen any more. The GoodVibes.com website is packed with info¦ start hunting around and in this online magazine and the sexuality info sections and many questions will be answered.

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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 carolqueen.com.

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