Xanet Pailet on Orgasm & Making Friends w/Your Vagina

Returning After Hours presenter Xanet Pailet of Power of Pleasure will teach her class Debunking Myths About Orgasm this month–we want people to get to know our great presenters better, so this is the first in a series of notes, interviews, guest posts, and more about the people who teach with us.

Xanet is a sex and intimacy coach, originally trained as an attorney, who began exploring the world of sexuality after a long struggle with vaginismus, a condition in which tension and muscle spasms make vaginal insertion intensely painful. Sometimes those with vaginismus can’t even get a finger or a tampon inside. But learning that pleasurable sex didn’t need to involve insertion allowed her to finally become much more than friends with her vagina. Here’s her essay My Affair with My Vagina in Elephant Journal. You can get insights galore about pleasurable sex and orgasm at Xanet’s March 18 class at the Polk Street store in San Francisco. Advance tix recommended, and you get a discount.

 

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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