Strap-On Sex, Masturbation, and Boudoir/Kink Photography

The writing, teaching, and networking continued this week in something resembling an established rhythm. I think I’m getting the hang of this!

While securing two teaching jobs in the sexuality field has helped solidify my professional identity as a sex educator, there’s still a long way to go before I’m truly doing this full-time.

Despite my cacao-based cravings, it feels good to be making the progress I’ve made. It’s worthy of celebration, even. Here’s what I’m celebrating this week:

Strap-On Sex Class and Polyamory Panel at Happy Kitten Pleasure School

I wrote last week about updates to my strap-on sex class (previously a pegging class) at the Happy Kitten Pleasure School. By the time this post is published, the third month of classes will have concluded in New Orleans.

Classes occur every month, so don’t sweat it if you missed this round. Just click the link above for an updated schedule of what’s available next. Classes usually also include workshops on:

  • Dom/sub skills
  • Orgy etiquette
  • Rope play

…and more. I’ll have participated in another Polyamory Panel by the time you’ve read this, for example.

My reworked class focuses on strap-on sex for people and partners of all anatomies and is still supported by the generous lending of toys and harnesses by Dynamo Toys.

Ticketing has also been reformatted to allow for single-ticket holders to join without the need for a partner. Come partnered, come single; either way, I’m happy to teach you all about harnesses, dildos, and all the fun they bring to the bedroom.

How Masturbation Improves Your Sex Life

Photo by Loc Dang

This week, I took on masturbation on Medium, publishing 8 Ways Masturbating Improves Your Sex Life. Here’s an excerpt:

Practice makes perfect, so the saying goes. For many of us, practicing giving and receiving pleasure on our own has multiple long-term benefits for both ourselves and our partners.

Not to mention being a lot of fun, of course.

Masturbation brings up complicated or confusing feelings for some. It can be hard to shake shame around sex when we live in a sex-negative society.

However, the truth is masturbation is a completely normal and healthy activity with many upsides for lovers of all gender identities and bodies. It’s also the safest form of sex in many ways.

Read all 8 reasons why solo sex benefits your sex life here.

Boudoir & Kink with Hamstead Photography

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Photo from Hamstead Photography’s Twitter

In the flutter of activity last week, I completely forgot to mention a fresh new local connection in the sex-positive sphere: Hamstead Photography!

The photographer behind Hamstead is an enthusiastic, kink-positive professional. It was a joy to grab a drink with her and hear her ideas for sharing more kink with the world.

What kind of ideas, you ask? Well, I don’t want to give anything away, but…

Now, if I can just get my sex journal prompts and workbooks together, we might have a fun distribution channel there. Let’s see what happens!

Coming up…

Looking ahead, there are quite a few things to be excited about.

  1. The folks behind the Normalizing Non-Monogamy Podcast are planning a meetup in New Orleans; so exciting! It’s happening in February, and I may be hatching a scheme to get them on the local high ropes course.
  2. I’m still refining an idea centered around combining experiential learning with sex-positive education and communication. It’s coming together, however, and I’m a little determined to share at Sex Down South if I can next year.
  3. The year is winding down, and I’ve told 90% of my non-sex-ed clients that I’m closing up shop in the new year. While it’s a little terrifying to let go of my main income for the last three years, I know it will give me the time (and the push) I need to make a career in sex education a reality. Wish me luck!

Tune in next week for more writing and updates, and until then…

Stay sexy ❤

Published by Shannon Burton

Content creator and sex educator by day, poet and flash fiction writer by night, I occasionally manage to get out of the house to enjoy New Orleans as it's meant to be.

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