an intro to kink gear & sex toys
Tuesday, December 5th // 5-7pm // Hampshire College // Kern Room 108
Free & Open to all Hampshire College Students & 5-College Students
(Sorry, this workshop is not open to the public)
(NOT Sorry — there will be FREE PIZZA though!)
This workshop will explore how we learn about pleasure by touching on some of our most pleasurable spots – the G-Spot, C-Spot (clitoris) and P-Spot (prostate) – complete with hands-on demonstrations with sex toy floor models (vibrators, dildos, anal toys, lube, etc).
This demonstrative workshop will also cover the essential basics of exploring kinky sex (topping, bottoming, ropes, cuffs, paddles, floggers, sensation play, and how to deliver the perfect spank!).
Going against the problematic version of BDSM portrayed in the blockbuster 50 Shades, this workshop will focus on safer kink practices including technique, consent, scene negotiation, and aftercare. Participants will leave feeling more confident in their kink practices with the tools and resources to bring kinky sex into their own relationships and sex lives.
Walk away feeling empowered by new knowledge about how to bring yourself and your partners intentional pleasure. Propel radical sex education forward by starting in the most familiar place – with your own bodies, between your own sheets.
This workshop is open to all bodies, genders & identities. Language in this workshop honors the gender & sexuality spectrum rather than the binary and all participants are encouraged to practice self-care in their level of participation & attendance. There will be no live demos or nudity in this workshop. Some illustrated anatomy diagrams may be shown for educational purposes.
Nervous? Learn more about what to expect from a workshop about sex toys in a short 4 minute video.
About the Presenter
Yana Tallon-Hicks is a therapist, sex columnist, and a consent, sex & sexuality writer and educator living in Northampton, MA and is a graduate of Hampshire College where she studied LGBTQ+ community and sex education. Her work centers around the belief that pleasure-positive & consent-based sex education can positively impact our lives and the world.
Yana is a relationships therapist at the Couples Center of the Pioneer Valley, where she sees clients in all relationship structures, particularly surrounding issues of sex and sexuality.
Her sex educational writings have appeared in both national and local publications and can be found most regularly in her weekly sex column, The V-Spot, on the back page of the Valley Advocate.
Yana’s workshops work to create a welcoming & comfortable space for all to explore crucial aspects of our holistic, sexual selves such as pleasure, communication, consent & the body using humor, relateability, and experience as key teaching tools.
Find her (and her cute dog) on Instagram @the_vspot.