Tori grew up in Purity Culture, which taught her what she didn’t want—a life with far more shame than sex, compounded by firmly fixed instructions around gender.
Christine inhabits a sexual landscape that includes orgies, bondage, non-monogamy, skilled play partners, and sex-positive parties. Also: dissociation and OCD impact her ability to orgasm.
Donya started getting sexual attention very young because her body developed early. After having a child and settling into the closest thing to commitment outside of marriage, she received a breast cancer diagnosis.
Charlotte experienced sexual violation at the hands of the yoga guru she followed. Today, after fleeing that community with her husband and having two kids, she is divorced and exploring what comes next.
Gretchen had limited sexual experience prior to age 40 because she believed she was ugly and broken. Finally the pain of isolation led her to seek sexual healing with a tantric practitioner.
Yami opens up about a variety of common though not-commonly-talked-about subjects: sexual assault by a family member, and navigating polyamory.
Jocelyn is a full-service sex worker who’s seen many aspects of the industry, and who currently specializes in sexual healing and sexual surrogacy.
Jade’s husband never forced her to have sex, but she felt it was her “wifely duty” to satisfy his needs even when she didn’t want to.
Mel had trouble being faithful. She has chosen ethical non-monogamy as a way to meet her variety of relational and physical attractions and needs.
Stacey grew up aware of and comfortable with her own pleasure from an early age. She has a daughter and is twice divorced. She’s had a rich sex life, and now finds happiness, satisfaction, and opportunity for personal growth in open relationships.