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About Heather Corinna
The author of "S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties," the upcoming "Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up," with Isabella Rotman (Sept 2019, Oni/Limerence) and "What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, and You--a Guide" (2021, Hachette Books/Lifelong), and a contributing editor for the 2011 edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," Heather has been widely published. They have also served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education and the Board of Directors for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.
Heather has been awarded The Champions of Sexual Literacy Award for Grassroots Activism from the National Sexuality Resource Center/SFSU in 2007; in 2009 was the winner of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Western Region's Public Service Award and the Our Bodies, Ourselves' Women's Health Heroes Award. In 2012, they were given the Joan Helmich Educator of the Year award, and in 2013, The Woodhull Foundation's Vicki Award, for affirming sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. In 2015, Heather received the Steinem-Waters Award, given to a movement leader over 30 who has exhibited a consistent investment in developing young people in the field of reproductive justice, as well as the Golden Brick Award, recognizing their significant contributions to the field of sexuality education in the Untied States. An educator for over 30 years, before working in sex education specifically, Heather worked in early childhood education utilizing Montessori and unschooling methods and frameworks.
Heather recently moved back to their hometown of Chicago after 20 years away, and will often fill the spare three minutes they have left after work each day cultivating plant life, cooking, hanging with their dog and other friends, hiking, whinging about politics on Twitter or making music.
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Perimenopause and menopause experiences are as unique as all of us who move through them. While there’s no one-size-fits-all, Heather Corinna tells you what can happen and what you can do to take care of yourself, all the while busting pernicious myths, offering real self-care tips—the kind that won’t break the bank or your soul—and running the gamut from hot flashes to hormone therapy. With big-tent, practical, clear information and support, and inclusive of so many who have long been left out of the discussion—people with disabilities; queer, transgender, nonbinary, and other gender-diverse people; BIPOC; working class and other folks—What Fresh Hell Is This? is the cooling pillow and empathetic best friend to help you through the fire.
Inclusive of different kinds of genders, sexualities, and other identities, they talk about important topics like:
● Bodies, including puberty, body parts, and body image
● Sexual and gender identity
● Gender roles and stereotypes
● Crushes, relationships, and sexual feelings
● Boundaries and consent
● The media and cultural messages, specifically around bodies and sex
● How to be sensitive, kind, accepting, and mature
● Where to look for more information, support, and help
A fun and easy-to-read guide from expert sex educators that gives readers a good basis and an age-appropriate start with sex, bodies and relationships education! The perfect complement to any school curriculum.
In the original edition, feminist, political, and activist writers alike presented their ideas for a paradigm shift from the "No Means No" model--and the result was the groundbreaking shift to today's affirmative consent model ("Yes Means Yes," as coined by this book).
With a timely new introduction, refreshed cover, and the timeless contributions of authors from Kate Harding to Jill Filipovic, Yes Means Yes brings to the table a dazzling variety of perspectives and experiences focused on the theory that educating all people to value female sexuality and pleasure leads to viewing women differently, and ending rape. Yes Means Yes has radical and far-reaching effects: from teaching men to treat women as collaborators and not conquests, encouraging men and women that women can enjoy sex instead of being shamed for it, and ultimately, that our children can inherit a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished.
If the clitoris and penis are the same size on average, why is the word “small” in the definition of clitoris but strangely missing from the definition of penis? Sex probably doesn't cause yeast infections? But racism probably does cause BV? Why is masturbating so awesome? How hairy are butt cracks . . . generally? Why is labiaplasty on a global astronomical rise? Does egg freezing really work? Should I stick an egg-shaped rock up there or nah?
There is still a shocking lack of accurate, accessible information about pussies and many esteemed medical sources seem to contradict each other. Pussypedia solves that with extensive reviews of peer-reviewed science that address old myths, confusing inconsistencies, and the influence of gender narratives on scientific research––always in simple, joyful language.
Through over 30 chapters, Pussypedia not only gives the reader information, but teaches them how to read science, how to consider information in its context, and how to accept what we don't know rather than search for conclusions. It also weaves in personal anecdotes from the authors and their friends––sometimes funny, sometimes sad, often cringe-worthy, and always extremely personal––to do away with shame and encourage curiosity, exploration, and agency.
A gift for your shy niece, your angsty teenager, your confused boyfriend, or yourself. Our generation's Our Bodies, Ourselves, with a healthy dose of fun.
"A go-to guide for parents who are looking to prepare their pre-teens or teens with information and support to create sexually healthy lives."
- Debby Herbenick, PhD,
Associate Professor at Indiana University and Author of Sex Made Easy
"Breaking the Hush Factor is a joy to read! Dr. Karen Rayne is a trusted, expert authority on speaking with children about sex and sexuality. Her voice is caring and compassionate as she guides parents with practical tips and common sense advice for starting “the talk” and keeping them going. Parents will want to read this. Parents need to read this."
- Bill Taverner, MA, CSE, Executive Director, The Center for Sex Education
"A powerful message to parents, straight from the heart of a mother and sexuality educator. Breaking the Hush Factor means listen more, talk less, reach out for community, and seize your golden chance to help your kids develop sexual intelligence that will last them a lifetime—perhaps even save their lives."
- Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT, Award-winning author of Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy
Breaking the Hush Factor is a new kind of parenting book. It isn’t only for parents, it doesn’t make assumptions about gender or sexual orientation, and it won’t scare you. Instead, you’ll find ten concrete rules to strengthen your relationship with your teenager so that you can start to talk about sex. Because most people have sex and everyone needs to talk about sex. Teenagers have adults in their lives who can help them. Breaking the Hush Factor will teach those adults how.
Dr. Karen Rayne began her work in education almost two decades ago and her work with parents of teenagers almost ten years ago. Since then she has been working in her local community, as well as nationally and internationally, to support parent-teen conversations about sex and sexuality. She has worked with parents, youth, and professionals on this topic. Her primary goal is to support families in building relationships that hold solid and true from the fun times through the hard times and everything in between. Sexuality is all of these things, and so conversations about them must also be.