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I have been working in the sexual education field since 2011. I first started my sex ed journey working in the adult toy novelty industry. I helped empower people’s sexuality while dispelling myths society has taught us about sex and pleasure. These experiences led to my realization for the need of medically-accurate sex education in schools. 

For the past seven years I have been working with youth. I gotta say, the biggest difference between youth and adults is striking - but also doesn’t surprise me. Youth ask more questions that typically stem from curiosity and myths about sex and sexuality. The “Am I Normal?” questions come from everyone, but most questions I received from adults were shame-based. This really doesn’t surprise me, since a lot of adults never received a sex education - which is not the fault of anyone but our educational system.

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Working at multiple Teen Clinics in California, I’ve had the opportunity to teach comprehensive sex education in schools. I’ve created curriculums - including a porn literacy lesson that is a part of the “Be Real Be Ready” sexuality curriculum for the San Francisco Unified School District. Today I am (virtually) teaching in schools in the Southern San Diego area.

I am extremely passionate about advocating and teaching sex education to youth. I believe that young people have a right to be curious and ask questions about sex and sexuality. Young people have access to several types of media and the mixed messaging society creates in our lives. Having a non-judgmental and safe adult in a young person’s life can help foster those intimate conversations. Through my humor, honesty, and shame-free approach, I’m able to bring my sex positive perspective into the classrooms.

Thank you for being here.

Jess

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