Happy Halloween!

‘Tis the season! Your favorite condom fairy was traipsing around the French Quarter in New Orleans last night, lit by the glow of her sparkling fairy wings and offering condoms to anyone who looked like they might get lucky.

It’s been a quiet week on social media for me, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been slacking. From feature articles to landing instructor gigs, here’s what I’ve been up to while y’all prepped your gorgeous costumes and posed for the ‘Gram.

Is Polyamory an Identity?

Photo by Darina Belonogova

Over the last few months, I’ve noticed people clarifying that polyamorous is a relationship style, model, or descriptor – not an identity or orientation. As someone who has identified as polyamorous since 2007, that caught my attention.

I started digging into various definitions of the word, and the research just kept going. I explore my findings and conclusions in the first relationship article I’ve written in a while: Is Polyamorous an Identity, or Relationship Style? Medium selected it for featured distribution, and I count that as a win!

Moving forward, I’m hoping to post an article to Medium every Thursday. Next week’s topic: What to do when your therapist isn’t comfortable talking about sex. Follow or subscribe to my account there to get emails when I publish.

Instructor at the Sexology Institute

I landed a new job, y’all! Towards the end of the week, I excitedly accepted an offer to instruct the Field Trip and Kink units of the Sexology Institute’s sex coach training program.

This puts me on the staff of two incredible sex education programs, and I couldn’t be more excited. Keep up with where you can find me on my new links page.

Looking for an instructor, sex educator, presenter, speaker, or workshop facilitator? Get in touch!

Signature Offer

Photo by Dani Hart

I spent some time this week taking a mini-course by Cameron Glover, a Sex Ed Business Coach. There’s a lot of really valuable information in the course – it’s worth every dollar. In particular, I appreciated the way Cameron split sexuality professionals’ offerings into two categories: signature offers, and secondary offers.

While listening to Glover describe what makes a signature offer, I thought about the skills I have that are potentially unique in the sex ed world. One thing that came up for me was my background in teambuilding and cooperative learning. I have a library of collaborative challenges designed to get people thinking, acting, and talking about the hurdles we face in our everyday lives.

These activities act as lived metaphors and scaffolds for important conversations. In the process of completing challenges, people come to a better understanding of themselves, others, and the ways they interact with the world.

What better way to get people thinking deeply about sex, sexuality, consent, and negotiating sexual interests and boundaries with others? My yet-to-be-named signature offer will be coming to New Orleans soon.

Safe & Sexy

That’s all I’ve got for you this Halloween. Have lots of fun out there, and of course, be safe! Looking forward to another month of exciting updates starting tomorrow (rabbit rabbit!).

Stay sexy <3

Published by Shannon Burton

Erotic Ignition Coach by day, poet and flash fiction author by night, I occasionally manage to get out of the house and enjoy New Orleans as it's meant to be.

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