“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” takes a look at the current state of Sex Ed

In this hilarious video created by the producers of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” the host takes a critical look at the current state of sex education, and highlights the need to restructure America’s current approach to having meaningful conversations about sex.

To watch John Oliver’s report on America’s sex education system, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0jQz6jqQS0

Read a professor of medicine’s outraged tweets from her son’s abstinence-only sex ed class

Originally posted on VOX

Alice Dreger, a professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University, has written about the importance of honesty in sex education. So when she learned that her son’s heath class was abstinence-only, she went to see what they were being taught.

Her son let her join him in class, where she sat at the back of the room and live-tweeted the proceedings:

(There’s much more of this on Dreger’s Twitter timeline.)

The federal government spent $1.3 billion on abstinence-only sex education between 1996 and 2009, even though a federally funded study in 2007 found the approach had no effect on when students started having sex, whether they had safe sex, or how many partners they had.

Past relationships and emotional health may have influence on menopausal women’s sexual functions

Originally posted on *Medical News Today

Past relationships and emotional health may have a much greater influence on menopausal women’s sexual function than hormones. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Researchers say menopausal women’s sexual function may be more influenced by relationship satisfaction and emotional well-being than hormones.

The research team, including Dr. John F. Randolph of the University of Michigan Medical School, says that when a woman goes through menopause, both sexual function and reproductive hormones are subject to changes.

Past studies have assessed how hormonal changes affect sexual function – defined as incidence of desire, arousal, orgasm and pain during intercourse – among menopausal women.

Some of these studies have indicated that hormones such as testosterone – the primary sex hormone in men, although women produce it in small amounts – and estradiol play a role in sexual function among this population, but Dr. Randolph and colleagues say the results have been mixed.

Analyzing sexual function, hormone levels of more than 3,300 women

As such, the team set out with the aim of answering this question: “Are baseline or concurrent serum levels, or changes in levels, of measured reproductive hormones related to domains of sexual function in midlife women as they transition through the menopause?”

To reach their findings, the researchers analyzed data from 3,302 women aged 42-52 years who took part in the Study of Women’s Health around the Nation (SWAN).

At study baseline and during annual follow-up visits throughout the 10-year study, the women were required to complete a questionnaire that asked about their frequency of masturbation, sexual desire, sexual arousal, orgasm and any pain experienced during sexual intercourse.

In addition, blood samples were taken from the women and assessed to measure levels of a number of reproductive hormones – including testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) – which the body can convert into either testosterone or estradiol – and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), levels of which naturally increase during menopause.

Relationships, emotional health ‘tremendously important’ to women’s sexual function

Results of the analysis revealed that women who had high levels of testosterone or DHEAS experienced sexual desire more frequently and masturbated more often than women who had low levels of these hormones.

Women who had high levels of FSH, however, masturbated less frequently than those who had low levels of the hormone.

But perhaps the most interesting finding was that hormone levels appeared to have only a subtle influence on women’s overall sexual function. In fact, the team found that having fewer sad moods and higher relationship satisfaction was more strongly associated with better sexual function.

Commenting on these findings, Dr. Randolph says:

“While levels of testosterone and other reproductive hormones were linked to women’s feelings of desire and frequency of masturbation, our large-scale study suggests psychosocial factors influence many aspects of sexual function.

A woman’s emotional well-being and quality of her intimate relationship are tremendously important contributors to sexual health.”

In addition, the researchers say that menopausal women should consider whether emotional well-being or relationship satisfaction may be playing a role in diminished sexual function before undergoing hormone treatment, such as testosterone therapy, of which the long-term health effects are unclear.

In August, Medical News Today reported on a study investigating how gender and sexual orientation influence orgasms. The researchers, from Indiana University, found that single women are less likely to experience an orgasm than single men.

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In land of Kama Sutra, teaching a billion people about sex

*Originally published on USA Today

Written by Ankita Rao

NEW DELHI, India — Here’s a universal truth: kids squirm in sex ed class — even in a country with ancient texts and monuments that celebrate and chronicle all sorts of coital kinkiness.

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There are funny words and posters of intimacy and an anatomical exactness that seems less awkward in street slang.

Still, understanding our bodies and most primal urges is serious business, with far-reaching social implications.

Standing outside a makeshift classroom in New Delhi, a quiet 14-year-old said that lessons on sexuality and gender were what his neighborhood needs to learn the most.

“I was talking to a girl, we were just working on a school assignment, and people started to gossip about us,” said Shahid Mohammed, a notebook in his hand. “Girls here aren’t allowed to leave the house. They’re scared to go out alone. People still think like they did in the old times.”

Mohammed, a lanky high schooler, was one of 20 teenage students corralled for a sex education class taught by The YP Foundation, a youth-led organization that works on advocacy and education. Organizations like YP Foundation have stepped in to fill a knowledge gap that they say fuels everything from unwanted pregnancies to violence against women.

Demystifying taboo topics is the most powerful way to combat the shame that can contribute to crimes like rape, one of the social diseases that has brought sexual education into the limelight, said Nilima Achwal, a Mumbai-based educator and activist.

After the Nirbhaya case — a highly publicized gang rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi — the national dialogue has turned toward the safety of women, said Achwal, who founded Yuja, a social venture focused on teaching youth about sexual health and gender equality. And while much of it is about bringing rapists to justice, she hopes her initiative will help “channel the anger into action.”

“I really believe that unless we can talk about sex, we can’t even talk about equality,” said Achwal.

It’s clear that not everyone is having critical conversations about either topic: More than 6 million female fetuses have been aborted since 2000 because of their gender, 2.4 million people are living with HIV and AIDS, and the most common oral contraception for young, unmarried women is the morning-after pill — a high dose of hormones designed only for emergencies. And 72% of youth in 2012 said they had practiced unprotected sex,according to the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Meanwhile, the government has sent conflicting messages. While most states include some meager adolescent health education in tenth grade curriculum, a Supreme Court decision in 2005 stated that sexual education was not a fundamental right. Just this summer, India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, reportedly called for a ban on “so-called sexual education” — calling instead for what he deems culturally appropriate education. (The health ministry did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.)

That culture factor that Vardhan mentioned makes teaching sex ed somewhat complicated in the mosaic of social and sexual norms in India.

In Mohammed’s class in Delhi, the students’ parents had yet to be told what their kids were learning. It was described as just a health class.

“Our biggest fear is the beginning sessions,” said Shreya Agarwal, one of the YP Foundation volunteers trained to teach sexual education. “A couple of people walk out. The parents might pull their kids out.”

In the back room of a family’s home, the students — barefoot and boisterous — shook off the lessons of their school day. Agarwal and her team of four other volunteers turned on slow Hindi music and hung posters across the freshly painted mint-green walls. They showed two people holding hands, a woman and man going to work, the outline of two growing adolescents. For the next hour the students were asked to reflect on the photos and draw or write their own thoughts.

The volunteers started with broader concepts like equality in the workplace, reserving the explicit topics for later in the course. Agarwal said the nature of the community — comprised mostly of conservative families working as maids and cooks across the city — can require a gradual approach for bringing up sex.

Achwal, the sexual health educator in Mumbai, said it’s just as important to be clear and direct as it is to be culturally sensitive. She and her team at Yuja have taught over 300 children across four low-income schools in the city, and now are starting to work in villages in Maharashtra.

“I think the biggest mistake people make is to bring their own shame into the classrooms,” she said. “I believe in telling them everything. When you omit something, you’re telling them something is wrong with that.”

Like Achwal, it was the Delhi rape that pushed entrepreneur Avani Parekh to put the final touches on her project, Love Doctor, a website and mobile service that allows users to anonymously ask questions about relationships, sex and everything in between.

There’s a lot, Parekh said, in between. Sitting in a cafe earlier this month, the American-born Indian explained the initiative in two ways: First, as an entrepreneur breaking into an untapped market, addressing an older group of 20-somethings who can’t always be reached through schools or youth programs or classrooms. And second, and perhaps more importantly, as a woman who has worked for years with domestic abuse victims, and struggled with her own past trauma.

With this foundation, she and her team of trained volunteers have answered questions ranging from navigating intimacy within a new marriage and college crushes to unwanted pregnancies. And while she gets the occasional jokester testing the surface of Love Doctor, she said most of the 80 or so daily queries she receives are sincere.

“Sometimes people need more technical information, but other times people just want someone to listen to them, to validate them,” Parekh said. “It can be very lonely in this country of one billion people.”

From the anonymous users sending texts to Love Doctor to teens like Mohammed, the first in his family to formally discuss gender equality and sexuality, the efforts to bring awareness to the Indian public are gaining traction.

“These outdated ideas, the violence, it all comes from a place of confusion,” Achwal said. “If you give people education and seeds of being aware, you will create much greater change.”

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

jessica drake Reflects on Whirlwind Start to 2014

Adult Entertainment’s Busiest Star Expertly Juggles Reality Show, Sex Education Films, College Appearances, Feature Films, Media Profiles, & More!

LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2014) – Acclaimed sexual wellness authority, sex educator, and Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake has had a whirlwind start to 2014, with many more exciting projects on the horizon. In addition to performing, drake still finds times to educate couples on sex, speak to media, appear at colleges, direct, and more, all while preparing for the release of her upcoming reality show, Love, Jessica.

“What a year 2014 has been, and it’s only April!” says drake. “All my work over the past several years as a performer, director, and educator are culminating at the same time in so many different facets. I welcome the opportunity to bring more attention to topics like the adult entertainment industry and the need for sex education reform.”

drake hit the ground running in 2014, when a CNN.com feature on her was selected as the “most popular photo blog of 2013” immediately after the New Year. In the photo blog, drake discussed LA County’s controversial Measure B (also known as the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act), the adult industry, and her performance, educational, and volunteer work; the feature also took a peek into her private life.

Her acclaimed educational series, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, continued to garner industry praise, as jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal Play for Men was named Best Educational Release at this year’s 2014 AVN Awards. Returning to Los Angeles, drake then announced she would be collaborating with award-winning BBW performer and size acceptance advocate Kelly Shibari on the first-ever educational DVD on plus size sexuality, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size Sex. Mainstream and adult media outlets alike, including Cosmopolitan, were invited onto the set of the groundbreaking project; the film will be released later this year. drake is also currently in post-production on two additional educational films for 2014: jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: The Art of Striptease and jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Legends.

Ever the educator, drake was invited to present several “modern sex” seminars around the country. In addition to workshops at Cirillas stores in Ohio, drake spoke with students at University of Chicago’s Sex Week, where she shared her experience in the adult industry and how it helped her see the need and demand for modern sex education. Her second presentation at U-Chicago was titled, “The Piracy of Sex,” which she presented with anti-piracy expert Nate Glass. The seminar was profiled by multiple media sites, including tech site BetaBeat, and the duo was invited to speak to students at USC’s Film School on April 30. drake also attended UCLA for a panel titled, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” where she discussed the power dynamics of prostitution, the accommodation of sex, and the objectification and censorship of the female body.

In addition to speaking with students, drake participated on several panels within the sex educator and adult entertainment community. She spoke alongside Dr. Carol Queen on the panel “Real vs Reel Sex” at CatalystCon East, where she discussed the differences in perception between sex as fantasy entertainment versus sex for educational benefits. In Toronto, drake was a featured speaker at The Feminist Porn Conference, as part of the panel, “Evaluating the Outcome: How Do We Know When Porn was Produced with Ethical Feminist Principles?” Sharing her experience in the adult industry both as a performer and a producer/director with ‘mainstream’ heterosexual company Wicked Pictures, drake discussed how the concept of ethics and feminist tropes play within her work, and challenged the notions of ‘mainstream’ adult entertainment companies and their place within the feminist porn tableau.

Mainstream media sought jessica drake’s expertise on a variety of topics; she let readers into sex and relationship secrets for men’s pop culture and trendsetter site CraveOnline. She also offered her insight into personal privacy, in the wake of Duke University student Belle Knox’s public backlash, for the Huffington Post.

A three-time winner of AVN’s coveted Best Actress award, drake essayed the role of the Evil Queen earlier this year in Axel Braun’s Snow White XXX: A Hardcore Parody, opposite Riley Steele. The debut release in the new Wicked Fairy Tales line, this two-disc DVD release goes on sale nationwide April 23, 2014.

Ms. drake is currently in the midst of shooting her second big budget project of the year, the New York-based relationship drama Aftermath. Directed by her longtime collaborator and acclaimed filmmaker Brad Armstrong, the intimate character study casts drake opposite rising star Tyler Nixon in a compelling May-December romance rife with hidden secrets. drake’s latest collaboration with real-life partner Armstrong caught the eye of Cosmopolitan yet again, resulting in an in-depth interview on costume and wardrobe design for adult films.

Capturing the behind-the-scenes portions of drake’s busy schedule are the cameras of Love, Jessica, a new reality show documenting jessica’s life. The docu-series will premiere on Canada’s The Movie Network, Sunday, May 11 and Movie Central in Fall 2014, while after a successful debut at MIPTV, deals are in the works to bring the show to all major markets around the world. Season One is comprised of 10 30-minute episodes.

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Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her “Guide to Wicked Sex” series. The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. In each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each topic with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which led Dee Dennis, the founder of sexuality conference CatalystCon, to praise her as “an amazing sex educator and speaker, who represents a new direction and is breaking new ground” in the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award. For more information, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com, www.Facebook.com/GuideToWickedSex, or www.Twitter.com/Guide2WickedSex.

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jessica drake to Speak at CatalystCon East, Saturday, March 15

‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ Creator & Sex Educator Discusses ‘Real Sex Versus Reel Sex’ Alongside Cultural Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen!

MARCH 5, 2014 – Arlington, VA — Sexual wellness authority, sex educator and Wicked Pictures contract performer / director jessica drake is a featured speaker at CatalystCon East, held March 14 – 16 in Arlington, VA. drake will speak alongside Dr. Carol Queen on Saturday, March 15, on the panel, “Real vs Reel Sex.” The popular guest speaker will share her experience in the adult industry and how it helped her see the need and demand for modernized sex education.

“In the absence of clear and pleasure-focused sex education… is sex as portrayed in adult movies really as fake as it’s often described?” asks the CatalystCon site in its description of the panel discussion. “‘Real’ people just don’t do those freaky things – or do they? A screen sex professional and a sexologist with more than a passing interest in porn discuss sex in the movies: the difference between on- and off-camera sex in porn and mainstream cinema, the growing ‘porn made for women’ genre, the rise of the anti-porn explicit movie, and much more.”

Held at Hilton Crystal City at Reagan Airport, drake and Queen’s conversation will take place in the Madison Room from 10:30am – 11:40am. For more information on CatalystCon East, visit http://catalystcon.com. Additional information can be found on the conference’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

“I’m honored to be invited to speak with the amazing Dr. Carol Queen about the adult industry and it’s relationship with the general public, specifically in the realm of Sex Ed.,” says drake.

“I’ve had the privilege of both directing and starring in adult feature movies, plus producing and directing my line of instructional movies, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” adds drake. “Those experiences, along with the workshops and college campus chats I’ve been invited to, have provided me first-hand access to the differences in perception between sex as fantasy entertainment versus sex for educational benefits. I am really looking forward to a great panel both with Dr. Queen and with the input of Catalyst attendees.”

drake will also be interviewed while at CatalystCon on the WhoreCast podcast, hosted by multifaceted sex worker Siouxsie Q. “The WhoreCast is all about showcasing stories, art, and voices of American sex workers, so we are just ecstatic to have jessica drake in our studio at CatalystCon,” says Siouxsie Q. “It’s a unique opportunity for me to do an interview in front of a live audience, which always adds an element of magic. It’s so important to have mainstream stars like jessica as part of the WhoreCast mission, as we fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Whore. I can’t wait to have her on the show!”

A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, jessica drake is a highly sought-after sexual wellness speaker who lectures at universities, teaches seminars, and runs workshops globally. Through her series of workshops and seminars, and her line of instructional DVDs, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, jessica teaches people to explore their sexuality in a fun, safe, and responsible way. She teaches how to set boundaries, emphasize consent, and still have wonderful sex while communicating effectively with partners.

For more information about jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex titles, appearances and sex education seminar series, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com.

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About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex:
Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her “Guide to Wicked Sex” series. The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. In each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each topic with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which led Dee Dennis, the founder of sexuality conference CatalystCon, to praise her as “an amazing sex educator and speaker, who represents a new direction and is breaking new ground” in the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award. For more information, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com, www.Facebook.com/GuideToWickedSex, or www.Twitter.com/Guide2WickedSex.

About CatalystCon:
CatalystCon is a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality. It is about reaching out and stimulating those who attend to create those important conversations in their own communities, changing how we as a society talk and treat sexuality. It is about stimulating the activist that is within all of us and sparking transformation in the way friends, neighbors, children and even politicians discuss one of the most important aspects of humanity. Founder/Creator Dee Dennis regards this conference as a “melting pot of sexuality” that will unite sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, those in the adult industry and anyone with a passion for creating change. “Knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change.” This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon. For more information, visit http://catalystcon.com.

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jessica drake, Tasha Reign to Speak at V-Day Event at UCLA February 18

Adult Stars, Positive Sexuality Advocates to Address UCLA Students on ‘Porn, Prostitution, & Censorship’ Panel!

February 17, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Wicked Pictures contract star, sexual wellness authority, and sex educator jessica drake, and Reign Productions owner/producer and adult star Tasha Reign, are scheduled to be featured guest speakers at UCLA. The panel, “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment,” will be held in Moore 100 hall, on Tuesday, February 18, from 7pm – 10pm.

drake and Reign were invited to be discussants on an academic panel presented by the Social Awareness Network for Activism through Art (SANAA) in honor of Eve Ensler’s V-Day Organization. Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” is an annual presentation on the UCLA campus, and includes additional dialogue between students, educators, and media luminaries to discuss women’s issues.

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“We are extremely thrilled to have Tasha Reign and jessica drake on board for our Panel,” says Alec Moore, who is coordinating the event. “As a sex industry insider, and a Bruin, Tasha can provide us a unique perspective from her own epistemological standpoint, lending us her valuable insight into the politics of sexual representation.”

Tasha Reign is one of UCLA’s most renowned students, as documented by her school paper, The Daily Bruin. “I’m extremely thrilled SANAA has invited me to speak on this panel,” says Tasha. “As a UCLA women’s studies major, and a performer, producer, and director in the adult industry, I feel I can provide a unique view for students curious about how current media views of strong female sexuality can empower women. I’m looking forward to speaking with everyone attending the discussion and hearing all sides about this very important topic.”

Reign is a dynamic and multi-dimensional Penthouse Pet, adult performer, director, and feature dancer, who pens regular columns on sex for OC Weekly and BroBible.com. In addition to performing, dancing, and writing, Tasha is the founder / owner of Reign Productions, a high-end adult studio bringing Tasha’s sexual fantasies to life.

“jessica will also add great insight through her experiences as an adult actress, philanthropist, and sex educator,” continues Moore.

“I’m honored to be invited to speak with students on UCLA’s campus,” says jessica drake. “I absolutely love when I can speak with people, especially students, about the adult industry, its relationship with media and the general public, and how it can empower women in the new millennium. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at UCLA and discussing how we can all grow into strong, self-aware women.”

jessica drake is a highly sought-after sexual health and wellness speaker who lectures at universities, teaches seminars, and runs workshops globally. Through her series of workshops and seminars, and her line of instructional DVDs, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, jessica teaches people to explore their sexuality in a fun, safe, and responsible way. She teaches how to set boundaries, emphasize consent, and still have wonderful sex while communicating effectively with partners.

Joining Reign and drake will be Jennifer Moorman and Dr. Christopher Mott. Moorman is a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA and a lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. Her dissertation, Women on Top: The Work of Female Pornographers and (S)experimental Filmmakers, examines the gender politics of the adult video industry and associated marginal and experimental film production cultures, with a focus on the contributions and experiences of women filmmakers. Dr. Mott is a Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA, currently teaching a seminar entitled, “Pornography and the Politics of Sexual Representation.”

“Every year during February at UCLA, we strike up a movement on our campus to celebrate women, take a stand against gender violence, and change our culture’s taboo against discussing sexuality,” says Kausar Mohammed, SANAA’s V-Day Executive Producer. “Having Tasha and jessica speak on our panel allows us to discuss the effect of the porn industry on the everyday woman. Does it empower? Or does it objectify?”

“The discussion surrounding the power dynamics of prostitution, the accommodation of sex, and the objectification and censorship of the female body have long divided feminist theorists and activists,” continues Mohammed. “Through this panel, we hope to foster a dialogue about feminism and the porn industry, and are eagerly anticipating Tasha and jessica’s participation on February 18.”

“(The porn panel) brings a more academic flavor to V-Day because we get to engage UCLA faculty in the movement with discussions like this,” adds Moore, who is a third-year art history and gender studies student and producer of SANAA’s “The Vagina Monologues,” in a Daily Bruin article. “Sex work is such a poignant and vilified facet of feminist theory, and it divides a lot of theorists as to who it empowers.”

Many events held during the SANAA V-Day campaign, including the “Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment” panel, are free to attend, while admission to the production of “The Vagina Monologues” later in the week is on a donation-only basis. The proceeds will be given to two beneficiaries this year. Both organizations, A Window between Worlds and Peace over Violence, advocate for survivors of domestic violence. For more information on SANAA, visit http://mysanaa.webs.com/ or follow the organization’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VDayUCLA.

About Tasha Reign:
Tasha Reign is the most dynamic and multi-dimensional new star in entertainment. Long before becoming sexually empowered through adult movies, Tasha found herself in front of the camera on the third season of MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” Realizing her love for the spotlight, Tasha began dancing regularly at gentlemen’s clubs, while pursuing a degree in Women’s Studies from UCLA. The 5’5” SoCal beauty was featured in Playboy 2010’s “Girls of the Pac-10” and named May 2011 Penthouse Pet of the Month. A desire to further explore her sexuality led Tasha to adult films, where she is one of the most sought-after rising stars, appearing in movies for the top studios. Tasha’s acclaimed performances were recognized with a 2012 Best New Starlet nomination at the XBIZ Awards, where she also served as a Trophy Girl. Noting her rising celebrity status and unique views on music, Rock Confidential magazine made Tasha a weekly reviewer – porn, rock, and Tasha Reign are a platinum combination. Tasha also pens regular columns for OC Weekly and BroBible.com and is a recurring co-host on KX 93.5 FM in Laguna Beach. In addition to performing, dancing, and writing, Tasha is the founder / owner of Reign Productions, a high-end adult studio bringing Tasha’s sexual fantasies to life. Reign Productions’ DVDs are distributed by Girlfriends Films. Tasha’s entrepreneurial enterprises also extend to adult novelty products, like Tasha’s Reignbow Pony Plugs, which are manufactured by Crystal Delights. For more information about Tasha Reign, visit www.TashaReign.com or www.Twitter.com/TashaReign.

About jessica drake:
Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has helped her earn AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld” and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on ‘Fellatio’ earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while ‘Anal’ was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like the University of California – Santa Barbara and Chapman University, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication. For more information, visit www.Twitter.com/thejessicadrake and www.GuideToWickedSex.com.

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jessica drake to Speak with Students at University of Chicago’s 2014 Sex Week

On February 8, ‘Guide to Wicked Sex’ Creator & Modern Sex Educator Addresses ‘Piracy of Sex,’ Adult Industry, Sex Education!

FEBRUARY 4, 2014 – Chicago, IL — Sexual wellness authority and sex educator jessica drake is a Featured Guest Speaker at University of Chicago’s 2014 Sex Week. Held at UChicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, drake’s conversations with students will be part of Sex Week’s opening day offerings on February 8. Wicked Pictures, the adult studio jessica drake is a contract performer and director with, is one of the co-sponsors of 2014 Sex Week.

drake will be a part of two separate discussions on Saturday in Logan #801. “The Piracy of Sex” is slated for 2:30pm; jessica, in conjunction with anti-piracy expert Nate Glass, will discuss the effect of adult content piracy and how independent content producers can fight back and protect their copyrighted product. In her 4 pm seminar “jessica drake – From Porn to Sex Ed,” drake will share her experience in the adult industry and how it helped her see the need and demand for modern sex education.

For more information on University of Chicago’s Sex Week, visit http://sexweekuchicago.com. Additional information can be found on Sex Week’s Facebook page.

“I’m honored to be invited to speak to students at University of Chicago about the adult industry and its relationship with the general public,” says drake. “Porn in the new millennium means content piracy, increased questions about safe sex, and the discussion of sexual taboos and acceptance. Producing the Guide to Wicked Sex series has allowed me to extend modern sex education to an international audience, both on campuses and beyond. I absolutely love when I can speak with people, especially students, face to face. Learning what people are actually curious about allows us to all grow sexually, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone at University of Chicago’s Sex Week.”

A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, jessica drake is a highly sought-after sexual wellness speaker who lectures at universities, teaches seminars, and runs workshops globally. Through her series of workshops and seminars and her line of instructional DVDs, jessica teaches people to explore their sexuality in a fun, safe, and responsible way. She teaches how to set boundaries, emphasize consent, and still have wonderful sex while communicating effectively with partners.

“I would describe my approach as modern day, pleasure based, sex education,” explains drake. “I think it’s really important to talk to college students about things actually occurring in their lives, not just in text books. I favor a realistic, hands-on, dissemination of information and open dialogue. I am concerned with whatever concerns the students, as well as the current avenues they do or don’t have in order to discuss these things.”

UChicago Sex Week Co-Founder and two-time Co-Director Stephanie Grach, “With Sex Week at UChicago, we like to look at sex from every angle — arts and literature, philosophy, religious / secular, mass media, politics, abstinence, logistics and safety, and stereotypes / definitions. We like this to be an exploration and discussion of an usually taboo subject, thinking about the terms and images we use, how we express ourselves, and interactions with others, as well as our own personal sexual preferences and choices.”

Sex Week at UChicago is a mix of seminar, social/discussion, and workshops. Attending students and other community members are invited to hear the background and accepted perceptions of a variety of groups, and to explore them artistically, intellectually, and with an open-mind. Through Sex Week at UChicago, the Co-Founders hope attendees develop an appreciation and understanding for the blurred boundaries and politics surrounding the topic of sex.

Grach adds, “We are thrilled to have jessica drake come speak with us, especially on our first full day of Sex Week. The fact jessica emphasized her interests in both proper sex education and diversity in the industry, presented a blend of sex with intellectualism and economics to us — basically, a perfect fit for the University of Chicago! I have already gotten very positive reactions from many of the students here, and we look forward to having her speak with us.”

Wicked Pictures is a sponsor of University of Chicago’s 2014 Sex Week. Throughout the week, UChicago students and campus visitors will receive promotional materials and participate in Wicked Pictures movie giveaways. The Wicked Sensual Care Collection, including its popular sensual lubricants, will also be given away to Sex Week participants.

“Reaching out to students on college campuses on an educational level is absolutely fantastic,” says Wicked Pictures President Steve Orenstein. “jessica is the best choice to represent Wicked in sharing this information on sex ed and piracy, and she is sure to be well received by the University of Chicago student body. Thank you, UChicago, for allowing us this opportunity to educate your community on both technology, consumer ethics, and positive sexual health.”

drake is the writer, producer, and director of her line of instructional DVDs, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, through which she teaches people to explore their sexuality in a fun, safe, and responsible way. She teaches how to set boundaries and still have wonderful sex. She also emphasizes consent (and alcohol’s effects), how to say “No,” and how to communicate effectively about sex. drake is a big advocate for condoms and safe sex, but she does not believe in government regulation of a woman’s body.

For more information about jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex titles, appearances and sex education seminar series, visit http://www.guidetowickedsex.com.

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About jessica drake:
Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has helped her earn AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld” and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, and “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like UCLA, University of Chicago, and University of California – Santa Barbara, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication. For more information, visit www.Twitter.com/thejessicadrake and www.GuideToWickedSex.com.

About University of Chicago’s Sex Week:
Sex Week at University of Chicago is a joint project between UChicago students and Co-Founders Stephanie Grach and Angela Wang. Now in its second year, the main focus of Sex Week at UChicago has been health-based: ensuring that there would be an open space for learning and discussion about proper sex education, balanced communication, and finding happiness and healing in treating everyone’s preferences and needs with the respect they deserve. The Sex Week team is incredible beyond description and all team members are all extremely proud to have developed this initiative together. For more information, visit http://sexweekuchicago.com.

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