The Sexploration Project

The Sexploration Project

The Sexploration Project is led by a mosaic of community members dedicated to lifelong learning. We're exploring the breadth and depth of sexuality by centering the voices and lived experiences of everyday people, and our project is producing insights into community programming, innovative research and scholarly work, policy protections, and more! ******* Intro and Outro music, unedited but shortened: Yello Fields by Independent Music Licensing Collective (IMLC), licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (https://imlcollective.uk/product/yello-fields/). read less
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Episodes

Meet the Community Steering Committee: featuring Bria Brown-King and Divine Rae
Jul 10 2023
Meet the Community Steering Committee: featuring Bria Brown-King and Divine Rae
Today we chat with two more of the project's Community Steering Committee members, Bria Brown-King and Divine Rae. Bria (they/she) is a Black, queer, non-binary, and intersex person. Bria works as the Director of Engagement for interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth. Bria got their start in intersex advocacy in 2018 as a Youth advocate, and in 2019 she became the first openly intersex person to speak about intersex issues on the steps of the Supreme Court. Bria now serves on multiple advisory boards, representing intersex people both nationally and internationally. Xir Divine Rae (they/he) is a spiritualist and energy healer who uses musicality and pleasure rebellion as an avenue for liberating the stagnated energy left in our fields from trauma. They are a certified meditation instructor, somatic bodyworker, and performing artist based in Atlanta, GA. In 2021 The Divine Kink Academy was born to share with others the 20-plus years of personal and professional experiences in the BDSM lifestyle, with an emphasis on spirituality and ritualistic kink and fetish exploration. Divine is also Head of Household of House of Rae & co-owner of Dark Haven ATL, a creative studio and BDSM gallery that strives to create safer spaces of education, creation, and exploration of all. Download this episode's transcript. Peruse the references and resources mentioned within the episode. 0m:38s - Everyone introduces themselves 15m:02s - Bria and Divine discuss pleasure, bodily autonomy, and what drew them to this project 35m:40s - Everyone discusses stories/narratives/initiatives that deserve more centrality in the conversation about pleasure today 55m:40s - Episode outro
Meet the Community Steering Committee: featuring Omisade Burney-Scott and Josie Auger
Apr 28 2023
Meet the Community Steering Committee: featuring Omisade Burney-Scott and Josie Auger
Today we chat with two more of the project's Community Steering Committee members, Omisade Burney-Scott and Josie Auger. Omi (she/her) is a Black southern 7th generation native North Carolinian feminist, mother and healer with decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, philanthrophy, and social justice. She is a founding tribe member of SpiritHouse and previously served as a board member of The Beautiful Project, Village of Wisdom, and Working Films. Omi is also the creator of The Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause, a multimedia project seeking to curate and share the stories and realities of Black women and femmes over 50. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, the proud mother of two sons, and resides in Durham. Josie (she/her) is Associated Professor in the Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University, Turtle Island (Canada). She served Indigenous peoples as an experienced senior administrator and elected leader for Bigstone Cree Nation (Treaty 8), and is author of “My People’s Blood Indigenous Sexual Health Recovery” (2014). You can also listen to Josie on the kikapekiskwewin podcast! “kikapekiskwewin” is a Cree word referring to a future conversation. At the heart of each podcast, Indigenous cultural values in the context of post-secondary research ethics are discussed. Download this episode's transcript. Peruse the references and resources mentioned within the episode. 0m:38s - Everyone introduces themselves 22m:04s - Omi and Josie explore legacies of white supremacy and our current work on bodily autonomy and body sovereignty 35m:18s - Everyone discusses stories/narratives/initiatives that deserve more centrality in the conversation about pleasure today 56m:02s - Episode outro
Cripping Sex/uality with Alan Martino, Ligia Andrade Zúñiga, and Sami Schalk
Apr 1 2023
Cripping Sex/uality with Alan Martino, Ligia Andrade Zúñiga, and Sami Schalk
Today we are joined by three folks who know a lot about disability, neurodivergence, and sex, and want to help us debunk common myths and misconceptions about disabled and crip sexuality. Dr. Alan Santinele Martino (he/him) is a tenure-track Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies program in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, where he runs the Disability & Sexuality Lab. Ligia Andrade Zúñiga, MA (she/her/ella) is Board Trustee of the San Mateo Union High School District and former Director and Sex Educator with Sexability. Dr. Sami Schalk (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of, among others, the recently released book Black Disability Politics. Download this episode's transcript. Peruse this episode's references and resources. 0m:10s - Episode intro 0m:49s - We introduce ourselves 10m:32s - Can you talk a little bit more about the common stereotype/assumption that disabled and/or neurodivergent people aren't sexual (aka that we're all asexual/sexless)? 23m:42s - Can you share some stories or highlight some aspects of crip sex that have been erased/downplayed/not told, specifically ones that decenter whiteness, cisness, heterosexuality, etc.? 52m:30s - Do you have any final thoughts you'd like to share with our listeners? 56m:53s - Episode outro (and what's ahead on Episode 4)