Hello to the amazing Catalyst community!
I’m Latishia James, trauma-informed sex educator and COO of O.school. We’re building a new shame-free place online for learning about sex and pleasure, especially for women, people of color, queer, and gender-diverse folks.
Through live-streamed lessons, our diverse community of Pleasure Professionals share their wisdom on topics ranging from ‘how to get the most out of your hookup’ to ‘overcoming religious shame.’ Moderated chat means you can talk directly to instructors, too, and feel safe knowing that we have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. You are welcome to sign up for the waitlist to gain access to O.school.
But you don’t have to wait long to get all of the goodness—because I am so thrilled to be bringing our Pleasure Professionals directly to you in a new column for Catalyst readers!
Send over your anonymous questions about sex and pleasure, and every month, a Pleasure Professional will respond to your questions via video.
Maybe you have questions about….a decreasing sex drive after the wedding, and what you can do to keep your sex life exciting. Or how to keep the passion alive in a long-distance relationship. Maybe you want to know about sex toys beyond vibrators. Or gaining weight and struggling to get aroused. How about masturbation—like, how do you do it?
We’ll be starting off in June, so let us know what’s on your mind for our first video column by Friday, June 9. Meanwhile, meet a few of our Pleasure Professionals who will be answering your questions on their favorite topics:
Afrosexology are Black, womyn, pleasure advocates, sex educators, social workers, activists, and creators who are passionate about empowering people to live their most pleasurable lives. On O.school, they hope to create a more sex-positive Black community through unlearning cultural shame:
Kate McCombs is a speaker, writer, and empathy educator. Ultimately, all of her work is about helping people feel more comfortable talking about sex and feelings. She believes that meaningful conversations and accurate information can help us create a healthier and more joy-filled world:
Luna Matatas is a sexuality educator, feminist artist, and aspiring burlesque performer. She’s a self-identified woman of colour, Queer femme, and a person of size. On O.school, she invites you to explore kink and approach your sexuality with playfulness, an open mind, and an empathetic spirit:
Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, performer, activist, and professional slut living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously:
Mia Li is a self-identified queer, first-generation Filipinx from New York and deeply transplanted in California. She has firsthand experience of the stigmatization that surrounds gender and sexuality as well as the liberation that can be found once you embrace those two things. Mia brings her extensive background as a sexuality edutainer to O.school and wants to help you demystify the Orgasm: