Tammy grew up in a strict Jewish home. It shaped her early experiences around sex and marriage, and led her into situations that were unhealthy and downright dangerous.
Ar Blia has been untangling early experiences of trauma, limiting cultural beliefs, and confusing desires. Even within a conservative community, she has been able to find adventure, find herself, and find a partner who truly works for her.
Chandra grew up in the 7th Day Adventist church, which she equates to a cult. She faults the church for neither acknowledging nor teaching that consent exists for women.
Gina grew up as a hot babe, the kind we’d all be jealous of. It took a long journey of sexual acting out and questionable marriages for her to realize that she was both groomed to be this way, and it’s a trauma response to early assaults.
Danielle is a therapist who admits to not always being as self-aware as she presents. Her earliest sexual experiences were non-consensual. She found healing within a happy marriage, then suffered a miscarriage with its own series of impacts.
Tee is unhappily married, and unhappy with her sex life—like so many people. Also like too many, she experiences the lingering impacts of sexual assault. She’s doing the work of setting boundaries, trying to provide a good example for her kids, and is still hoping someday she’ll find a communicative and loving partner.
Debbie was formed by experiences of both pleasure and pain. She was blessed with good early relationships, but also is a survivor of the epidemic of sexual abuse in elite women’s sport. Her faith in herself helped her choose to heal.
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.
Leah talks about a consent violation she experienced during medical care last year, and also shares her insights into her own fear around exercising.