"Consent is Sexy" with the student organizer/host of my Consent & Cookies workshop for Brandeis University (Feb 2016)

“Consent is Sexy” with the student organizer/host of my Consent & Cookies workshop for Brandeis University (Feb 2016)

Title: Pleasure-Based Consent for Better Sex

Workshop Description: This workshop offers a unique twist on traditional consent workshops by linking intentional, consensual communication to greater sexual pleasure. Oftentimes the command “practice consent!” can seem like a tired directive, with little attention paid to how actively practicing consent leads to better communication and therefore better sex.

This workshop acknowledges that a key aspect to consent is being informed about what we’re saying no or enthusiastically yes to. So, alongside covering the central components of consent, this interactive presentation also includes pleasure-based consent role plays that get participants practicing the skills necessary to bring consent out of this workshop and into their real-life romantic, intimate, and sexual relationships.


By leading students to collaborate on consensual language, decisions, and strategies, this workshop draws connections between sexual pleasure and active consent; two essential parts of healthy, safer, ethical, and enjoyable sexuality.

Want your workshop to include sex toy education AND consent strategies? Check out one of Yana’s most popular workshops, Hitting the Spot: Pleasure- and Consent-Based Sex Education for All.

Questions answered in this workshop include: What does good consent actually look like? What words do I use? What does that do for my partner? What does that do for me? How do I say no? How do I accept a no gracefully? How does becoming informed about communicative consent lead to greater pleasure?

This workshop is perfect for…College students, a group of friends & adults more generally

Read up: Mashable.com // Consent Makes You Better at Sex by: Yana Tallon-Hicks



All workshops are customizable to your particular group & goals. Workshops listed on this site are just a few examples of the sex & sexuality topics Yana is trained to teach & talk about so please contact her if you have a particular topic in mind.

Thank you!

Testimonials for this workshop

After your workshop, Pleasure-Based Consent for Better Sex, my friends and I reflected on the general shittiness of our sex-ed experiences to that point, and it really brought back to me an idea I first had while sitting in high school sex-ed.

We were asked to perform an exercise in which, under the guise of assessing “risk taking” we were asked to assign levels of blame to all involved in the ” imagined situation” surrounding a gang rape at a bar, including the victim. At the time I was probably sixteen, and though I knew this exercise was really problematic, I didn’t know what to do for myself or my friends.

But I do remember thinking, ‘I want to do this better.’ You are doing it better. I wanted to write to say thank you for what you do, and as someone who believes deeply in implementing inclusive, sex and pleasure positive education.

– Pleasure-Based Consent for Better Sex, Bennington College, Spring 2016

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