For the Love of Learning Episode 77
Sex Positive Education
Monday October 10, 2016 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday October 11, 2016 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST
Jennifer A. Wiessner
In this episode we are going to explore Sex Positive Education.
What is Sex Positive Education and why is it important? Sex Positive Education strives to create dialogue to promote happy, healthy outlooks on sex, sexuality and gender. Sex Positive Education stems directly from the Sex positive movement. The sex-positive movement is a social movement which promotes and embraces sexuality with few limits beyond an emphasis on safe sex and the importance of consent. Sex positivity is “an attitude towards human sexuality that regards all consensual sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and encourages sexual pleasure and experimentation. The sex-positive movement is a social and philosophical movement that advocates these attitudes. The sex-positive movement advocates sex education and safer sex as part of its campaign.
From the very beginning, 20 years ago, I was raised to honor how important feelings are, and I consider that in everything I do. I’m a competitive figure skater, spending most of my time at an ice rink. Blending what I value with what I love isn’t always easy, especially in such a competitive environment, but the challenge is what makes it so rewarding. I love meeting new people and consider myself social and outgoing, which defies the stereotype that unschoolers are shy and sheltered. I love showing that unschooling does not equal antisocial. I’m very active in my local community and LGBT+ movement, along with other issues surrounding equality and acceptance.
Hi All, I’m Bev, unschooling Mom to 3 kiddos and 1 grown adult son, wife to Mike and caretaker of a whole slew of crazy critters in beautiful New Brunswick, Canada. We’ve been on this journey for just about 11 years now and hope to extend our farm and life to create an amazing intentional community, which will not only expand our children’s world but provide a way for Mike to be at home and be part of all the fun and joy that is our unschooling life! We all enjoyed LWI so much last year and can’t wait to attend again this year! I currently teach Qigong (chee-gong/kung), which is very similar to Tai Chi but much easier to learn and it provides all the same great benefits of yoga.
Avery Heimann has both a BA from Skidmore College and MA from Rutgers University in Women’s and Gender Studies with a focus in Sexuality and is currently in the Human Sexuality Studies graduate program at Widener University. Avery has been a sex educator and board member for 9 years at the Masakhane Center in Newark, NJ. They are currently working on their AASECT certification for Education and Sex Counseling. Avery spent six years providing seminars at the Essex Adult Emporium in Fairfield, NJ and was one of the founding members of the Essex County LGBTQ Advisory Board, serving as a youth liaison for education and outreach. Avery has spoken at numerous events in the tristate area including the Stonewall Law Students’ Association “Passing the Torch” conference at New York Law School, Planned Parenthood’s “Teen Life Conference,” and many panels on Gender and Sexual Orientation at Montgomery County Community College. They also served on the youth planning committee for the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference. Avery provides counseling to Trans and Gender Non-Conforming folks at the NJ Center for Sex Therapy in Chester, NJ. In addition, Avery has created an eldercare group therapy program at Genesis Healthcare in Mendham, NJ. Avery is a “Certified Sex Blogger,” having finished a Business of Blogging course this spring with Epiphora and JoEllen Notte. You can find their writings at www.ThePalimpsex.com. Most recently, Avery completed their certification from the Transgender Training Institute’s Training of Trainer’s program and attended the Sexuality and Aging Consortium’s Sexuality and Aging Training Institute at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit over the summer. They are presenting a workshop at Widener University’s Careers in Sexuality Conference on September 30th titled “The Pink Bunny: An Examination of Gender and Sex Toys.”
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an AASECT certified Sex Therapist with a strong history working with adolescents and families. Since moving to Maine in 2005 from NJ, her focus and training has been in sex therapy, couples therapy and Raising Sexually Healthy Children psychoeducational workshops. Jennifer was the only female sex therapist in Maine when certified in 2012. She is a Kink and Poly aware therapist. She is partner to Greg, an epic husband and dad, and mom to two awesome boys ages 11.5 and 8.5 years.
Jennifer’s passion is educating adults; particularly parents, on how to support healthy sexuality in children birth-puberty as well as providing educational consultations to physicians, medical students and providers to ensure best practices with patients relating to sexual health throughout the lifespan. She also provides professional workshops for non-sex therapists and consultations for physicians and providers to improve patient outcomes through sexual health awareness and proficiency. Her deepest desire is to Reduce the Shame in Maine for all people!
As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website RaisingMiro.com and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: ProjectWorldSchool.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.
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