Resources for the public
Below you will find all kinds of fab resources (books, film, articles, learning platforms, organizations, etc) on sexual health just for you. Check out the category filter to help you organize your search. Enjoy!
Video Series, OMG Yes!
When you purchase the OMG YES video series ($50 gives you acces to 60+ videos and exercises), you'll explore the latest science via this online platform. Get more understanding, more pleasure around what feels good and why - through fun, honest videos and tools to build even happier relationships.
In a study of 887 users of OMGyes, 95% said they experienced new kinds of pleasure that felt new to them, physically. That group included lots of people who consider themselves sex jedis. The truth is, we all have more to discover!
Book, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good
How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor Adrienne Marie Brown, finds the answer in something she calls "pleasure activism," a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism, covering a wide array of subjects--from sex work to climate change, from race and gender to sex and drugs--building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own.
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen is a 2020 American documentary film, directed and produced by Sam Feder. The film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture.
Book, Where's My Book?
Linda Gromko, MD is a Board Certified Family Physician who has worked with the transgender community for nearly eighteen years. In this book, she explains the basics of gender identity, sexual orientation, puberty, puberty blockers, hormone treatments, and gender affirming surgeries. Sharing years of her patients’ wisdom and practical information on getting through every day in the best way possible—she covers coming out to parents, school issues, coping with depression, love and sex.
Why is this book important?
We know that transgender kids and their families need specialized information. Alarmingly, the suicide attempt rate among trans youth is close to half! This book is intended to give gender non-conforming kids some of the information they need to grow to be happy, productive, loving and loved. It’s intended to provide the information we need as parents, educators, and health care providers to do better with and for our kids.
Online Platform, The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health (The CSPH) is a sexuality training and education organization that works to reduce sexual shame, challenge misinformation, & advance the field of sexuality. This is achieved by coordinating professional trainings for health care providers, educators, and counselors, holding educational initiatives and community events within the local communities, and offering a rigorous internship program for students and new professionals.
Book, The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina--Separating the Myth from the Medicine
OB-GYN Jen Gunter, an expert on women's health--and the internet's most popular go-to doc--comes to the rescue with this book that debunks the myths and educates and empowers vulva/vagina owners. From reproductive health to the impact of antibiotics and probiotics, and the latest trends, including vaginal steaming, vaginal cannibas products, and jade eggs, Gunter takes us on a factual, fun-filled journey.
Online Platform, On Top Sexuality
On Top is an e-learning platform created by sex-educator and NWIOI alumn, Cheryl Fagan. This platform provides sexuality education resources with the goal of empowering people in all stages of life and love. From online courses to engaging videos, On Top aims to normalize conversations about sex and gives you accessible tools focused on sexual health and wellbeing.
Check out the Closeness Deck , conversation cards designed to increase your intimate connection between partners with over 50 questions about sexual desires, beliefs, and histories.
Book, Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters--And How to Get It
We’ve been thinking about sex all wrong in mainstream media, movies, and porn. Media and lack of comprehensive sex-education has made us believe that sex = penis + vagina, and everything else is just secondary. Standard penetration is how men most reliably achieve orgasm, but everyone else is left out of the conversation. Dr. Laurie Mintz wrote Becoming Cliterate to expose the broader cultural problem that’s perpetuating this gap, and what we can do about it. Pulling together evidence from biology, sociology, linguistics, and sex therapy into this one comprehensive, accessible, and prescriptive book.
Book, You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discover
In this groundbreaking guide, Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC—accomplished gender therapist and thought leader whose articles, blogs, and videos have empowered thousands worldwide—helps you navigate you or your client's journey of self-discovery in three approachable stages: preparation, reflection, and exploration.
This unique, interactive guide can help clinicians and their clients through different stages within exploring gender, providing many different exercises and questions.
Book, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life
Written by one of the nation's lead sex-researchers, Dr. Emily Nagoski, Come As You Are is an essential exploration of why and how vulva owner's sexuality works--based on groundbreaking research and brain science--that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.
Resource, Sex-Positive and Feminist Friendly Porn List from CSPH.org
Sex-positive and feminist-friendly porn is not necessarily porn made by women or even marketed to women – it simply takes women into account as viewers and presents sex as something pleasurable for everyone involved. Pornographers aim to treat the stars of the films well rather than exploiting them. Many performers have complete control over their scenes which results in a truer picture of real eroticism, something that is often missing in mainstream porn. Sex-positive porn also features diverse body types, races and gender fluidity, allowing viewers to find something that suits their specific preferences and ideals.
Book, Trans Bodies Trans Selves
There is no one way to be transgender. Transgender and gender non-conforming people have many different ways of understanding their gender identities. Only recently have sex and gender been thought of as separate concepts, and we have learned that sex (traditionally thought of as physical or biological) is as variable as gender (traditionally thought of as social). This is a resource that is a great place to start and use as a jumping point for other, more in-depth resources.
Book, A Guide to Gender: The Social Justice Advocate's Handbook
A Guide to Gender is broken into four sections: Basic Training (which sets the foundation of knowledge for the book, defining concepts of social justice, oppression, privilege, and more), Breaking through the Binary (beginning with a discussion of gender norms, and working toward a more nuanced understanding of gender identity, gender expression, and sex), Feminism & Gender Equity (how feminism can be a solution to the injustices folks of all genders face), and Social Justice Competence (a series of short, practical lessons that will help readers put the learning from the book to work).
It's written for people who want to learn for themselves, educators who are hoping to better communicate themes of gender to others, and activists who want to add a gender equity lens to their vision of justice.