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Launching an App to Provide On-Demand Sex, Dating, and Relationship Coaching with Brianna Rader TPP161

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In this episode I’m proud to feature sex tech entrepreneur Brianna Rader to share about her journey of launching an app to provide on-demand sex, dating, and relationship coaching. She reached out to me for an interview and I feel honored to be able to use this podcast platform to promote for-profit enterprises that are in alignment with my mission. This is not a sponsored episode however I am now an affiliate of the her Juice Box app so I encourage listeners to take her up on the offer for 5 free days of usage of the app when you use coupon code “TANTRA”.

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About Brianna:
Brianna Rader is the Founder and CEO of Juicebox, an app that provides 1-on-1 sex, dating, and relationship coaching anonymously. She has worked in sex education for 6 years and started her career providing sex education to college students in the state of Tennessee. Her first experience was quite controversial–leading to the state defunding her organization and legally condemning her. She received an MSc. in Global Health from UC-San Francisco.

Link to app. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/juicebox-intimacy-dating/id1086096282?mt=8

Link to website. https://www.juiceboxit.com/

In the episode we discuss:

  • how the app is helping people with issues such as erectile dysfunction, how to ask women out, how to have better orgasms, how to reconcile differing libido in couple relationships
  • her personal journey, being deprived of adequate sex education
  •  her growing up in conservative Tennessee
  • being told to wait until marriage to learn about sex in the absence of sexuality education
  • in college she started local organization to provide sex ed to students, it was controversial and drew rapid backlash
  • the state got involved, defunded her organization, and passed a bill legally
    condemning it
  • this battle got her on the Bill O’Reilly show (watch video here: https://content.jwplatform.com/players/nMeWACUA-zffGtjRq.html
  •  despite the backlash she felt support for the organization, students loved it, some professors were very supportive, events were successful, but the state was a barrier
  • they had to fund raise all the money back, but were able to do so within 36 hours, states from far away sent donations to allow the program to continue operating
  • she knew the public policy route would be a decades long battle
  • tech seemed to be solution to help more people faster
  • she’s a first time entrepreneur with the Juice Box app, it pairs people one-on-one with sex,  dating,  and relationship coaches anonymously
  • coaches can cost $200 an hour and maybe far away, the app provides on-demand access that’s in your pocket at all times via your phone
  • she shares about the workflow of going from concept to development and deployment
  • first app was for teens and young adults, she saw that a lot of adults using the first version and the current version is more taylored to adults
  • I ask about the process of navigating regulator compliance regarding privacy, age verification, etc.
  • we talk about sex tech challenges for sales, marketing and advertising in a conservative online environment
  • there’s a disparity in male sex products vs female due to inherent gender bias
  • erectile dysfunction ads approved, dating coaching ads weren’t because of mildly revealing women pictures
  • a combination of humans and algorithm for policy flagging so there are inconsistencies
  • we discuss the app user experience, first the user is asked a series of questions to help with finding the best matching coach for their needs
  • coaches are hand selected
  • user can message the coach as much as they want, the coach will always get back within 24 hours
  • it provides interactive guides and exercises
  • it provides automated scripts to help practice better strategies for intimate communication
  • I ask about the economics of the app ecosystem
  • client pays $24 per week
  • 70% of the revenue goes to the coach
  • its flexible for the coaches, they can answer on their own time
  • about the half the coaches are licensed therapists, some are PHDs, some are certified through AASECT, the association of sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists
    https://www.aasect.org/
  • how the economics of ecosystem works
  • coaches get vetted with a written application (https://juiceboxit.typeform.com/to/WJwaGE), phone interviews, chat simulation
  • recent success stories include, helping to healing erectile dsyfunction led to helping uncover and resolve deeper relationship issues and enhancing communication in relationship, improving couples sex lives’ in various ways, helping women have their first orgasm ever, helping people with advanced skills or techniques
  • affiliate program is open for bloggers, podcasters, etc to get their own coupon code
  • on the topic of the disparity in venture funding for female founded startups
  • there’s very little funding to women, even less to women in sex tech
  • so much money to be made in the new markets for sex tech, but investors are afraid of the sex taboo
  • one creepy weird investor said her physical presentation didn’t match the sex appeal of the product
  • women in sex tech is supportive industry group (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/nyregion/women-of-sex-tech-unite.html)
  • we discuss a hopeful vision of the future horizon
  • hopefully more funding enters the space
  • we need more diversity and women founding in the first place
  • the women already founding deserve support
  • a study came out, if investors invested equally in womens’ existing start ups, they would have made an additional $85 million
  • male founded startups get over twice as much
  • hopefully there will be more venture funds focused on women in sex tech
  • we discuss the development road map
  • the current product has been live for a couple months
  • I imagine the potential sex ed advice market probably bigger than spoon feeding porn to consumers, more life time customer value than piping porn into eyeballs
  • on market research, it’s a new market, not a lot of companies providing this kind of resource
  • it’s possible to compare to the therapy and sex toy market to see how much people are spending
  • it’s hard to say directly, how much its worth
  • the online dating market didn’t exist until recently, it could be a $3 billion market
  • I propose the possibility of future sex tech apps facilitating training and certification course ware modules to upgrade the sexuality IQ of the general population
  • she thinks its an interesting idea but would need research to see if people would embrace it, other sex tech apps have launched with good intentions but haven’t always had an easy time with adoption

Sexy Mindfulness in Lifestyle and Livelihood with Alexandria Baker TPP149

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In this episode I’m blessed to be joined by Alexandria Baker for an exploration of the many sexually and spiritually informed and empowered dimensions of her lifestyle and livelihood. She’s a southern California sex educator, Hatha yoga instructor, ethical luxurious natural beauty and skin care entrepreneur, model, and performance artist.

She’s one of the most impressive tantric renaissance women I’ve yet to discover. She shares her personal story of healing, liberation, and empowerment and we discuss the positive impacts she’s having with all of her endeavors. She’s on the forefront of changing the old sex negative paradigm as she brings the healing light of mindful sex and love into the scientific, medical, entertainment, and natural product sectors and beyond.

Please visit her website and Youtube channel at:

https://www.fromalexandria.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTemJEFn3GVpGuCbJnu6Yg

Modernizing Sex Goddess Archetypes with Jacqueline Hellyer TPP130

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Jacqueline HellyerIn this episode I’m joined by the highly accomplished Jacqueline Hellyer for an introduction to her vast array of great works and offerings and a discussion about the ways we can and should modernize goddess archetypes.  She helps us bring deep ancient wisdom to the present within an educational framework that appeals to the experiences and sensibilities of modern people.

About Jacqueline:
I am a Sex Geek – completely and unabashedly fascinated by sex, love and intimacy in all its aspects from the biological to the psychological to the spiritual. As well as an enormous amount of formal study, I’ve done masses of personal research, and most importantly I’ve spent many thousands of hours talking with people about sex and relationships – my private clients, participants in my workshops and retreats, mingling with people after giving presentations and media appearances and in the wider world.

There aren’t too many people in the world with this level of insight into what’s going on in people’s minds and bedrooms… I know what really does work and what doesn’t.

We live in a society that’s pretty screwed up sexually, so many people are confused, misinformed and struggling with their sexuality. Which is such a shame because sex is a celebration of life and our sexual energy is our life energy. So I’m here to be a ‘light in the darkness’ to help guide people to fulfill their sexual potential and experience all the love, connection and freedom that comes with a whole, healthy sexuality.

Please visit her website:
http://www.jacquelinehellyer.com/

Confronting Monsters in the Bedroom with Courtney Cleman TPP113

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Courtney Cleman picIn this episode I’m joined by prominent sex blogger Courtney Cleman who has co-developed a compelling approach to confronting monsters in the bedroom. She goes over a list of negative self-limiting attitudes, behaviors, and habits that overshadow many love lives in the modern world. We have a great time comparing notes and connecting dots to reveal how a lot of the sexual insecurities and vulnerabilities of women actually apply to men as well.

About Courtney:

Courtney Cleman is a co-founder of Kate & Courtney, a NYC-based concept dedicated to empowering men, women, and couples with the knowledge to create fulfilling and lasting romantic bonds.
The two women behind the concept are experienced relationship and sex coaches who believe that through support, education, empowerment, and a little laughter, you can find the love and passion you deserve and hold onto it for a lifetime. They view sex and true intimacy as the cornerstones of a supportive, playful, and sexy bond between two people who deeply love each other. When you have a strong foundation in your relationship, then you will be happier, more confident, and feel more powerful – and when you feel that way, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish in your personal and professional life.
Kate & Courtney’s unique program has helped over 100,000 women in Europe understand their partners and themselves, solve sexual health and psychological issues, attract the ‘one’, and build deeply satisfying, lasting relationships. Kate & Courtney are opening their new NYC-based location in September 2017. You can also find their real-world, practical advice on sex and intimacy on kateandcourtney.com.

 

Best Practices for Male Sexual Healers with Charlie Glickman PhD TPP108

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Charlie Glickman picIn this episode I’m blessed to be joined by Charlie Glickman, an acclaimed sexuality educator, sexual healer, and much more. His insights into both the glory and peril of sexual healing are at times heart warming and at times deeply chilling. Of all the conversations I’ve had on and off the podcast about these issues, this is one of the most raw and real.  He graciously holds space for me to vent and seek his guidance and offers an exemplary demonstration of how he’s able to be a masterful healer of healers and a teacher of teachers.

About Charlie:

Charlie Glickman PhD is a sex & relationship coach, a certified sexuality educator, and an internationally-acclaimed speaker. He’s certified as a sexological bodyworker and has been working in this field for over 20 years. His areas of focus include sex & shame, sex-positivity, queer issues, masculinity & gender, communities of erotic affiliation, and many sexual & relationship practices. Charlie is also the co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure: Erotic Exploration for Men and Their Partners. Find out more about him on his website or on Twitter and Facebook. For Charlie’s sex coaching services, visit Make Sex Easy.

Positive Sexuality Research, Education, and Outreach with Emily Prior MA TPP107

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Emily Prior picIn this episode I’m am joined by the highly accomplished sexuality educator Emily Prior. MA. We discuss a wide array of topics within and beyond the sex positive movement and field of study. She provides insightful guidance and direction on independent research and best practices for aspiring positive sexuality educators.

About Emily E. Prior, MA:

Executive Director/Founder/Co-Editor-in-Chief Journal of Positive Sexuality

Emily E. Prior is the Executive Director for the Center for Positive Sexuality. Since 1996 she has been teaching formal and informal classes about a variety of sexuality-related topics including BDSM lifestyle, Polyamory lifestyle, Gender, Introductory and Advanced Human Sexuality Courses for Psychology and Sociology departments at universities, Teen Sexuality topics for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and others. Emily has studied human sexuality and gender topics from a variety of perspectives, including Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and won the Vern Bullough Award for research. She is a member of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, American Sociological Association, Pacific Sociological Association , Community-Academic Consortium for Research of Alternative Sexualities (of which she is on the Research Advisory Committee), Los Angeles Sexologists Associates, and Phi Kappa Phi. To contact Emily, please email emily@positivesexuality.org

http://positivesexuality.org/about-us/meet-the-staff/board-of-directors/

Sexual Progress Beyond the Church and State with August McLaughlin TPP101

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In this episode I’m joined by sex blogger and podcaster August McLaughlin. She’s doing ground breaking work to advance knowledge of and access to longer lasting, more satisfying, and more divine states of female arousal. We discuss the spirituality and politics of female pleasure and how to progress beyond the standard narratives and curricula of the church and state.

Please visit her website at:
http://www.augustmclaughlin.com/girlboner/

About August:
August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer and host and creator of Girl Boner®. Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, DAME Magazine, the Huffington Post, LIVESTRONG.com and more. Kirkus Reviews called her first novel, In Her Shadow, “an engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues.” Each week on Girl Boner® Radio, she interviews relationship experts, celebrity entertainers and more, exploring women’s lives and sexuality “like no one else.” Known for melding personal passion, artistry and activism, August uses her skills as a public speaker and journalist to inspire women to embrace their bodies and selves, making way for fuller, more authentic lives.

A Declaration of Sexual Human Rights with Lawrence Lanoff TPP65

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lawrence-lanoff-picIn this episode I’m joined by world renown tantric master and instructor Lawrence Lanoff. He shares his story of initiation into the loving arts at an early age and his life’s work to help unfuck the minds of individuals, couples, and modern western culture at large.

We weave a tapestry of glory and tragedy as we explore the light and shadow of sexuality education, religion, pornography, and neo-tantra. He helps distill the core values and truths humanity will need to agree on to one day establish a universal declaration of sexual human rights.
Please visit his website to access his training services and subscribe to the Optimized Mind Podcast where you will continue to have your mind blown with hard and uncompromising truths.

http://www.lawrencelanoff.com/

Inside the Feminist Porn Industry with Carlyle Jansen TPP64

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carlyle-jansen-picIn this episode I have the great honor of exploring the feminist porn industry with Carlyle Jansen. She is the founder of the Feminist Porn Awards and has been a voice of leadership to support alternatives to mainstream porn that are more consciousness, compassionate and empowering. She gives some background on her life journey and what led to her prominent role in sexuality education and coaching. We then brainstorm about possibilities for the future of both the feminist and mainstream porn industries.

Please connect with Carlyle at the links below: http://www.carlylejansen.com/
http://www.feministpornawards.com/
http://www.goodforher.com/

About Carlyle:
For close to 20 years, I’ve been talking to people about sex. I have taught at numerous universities and have been an invited speaker at Sexuality and Health conferences. I’ve also been teaching workshops at Good For Her since before the doors opened in 1997!

In addition to multiple media appearances (including a Tedx talk), I also train sex educators and therapists on topics of sexual pleasure and sexual challenges.

Due to a mounting number of requests, I began offering  private coaching to individuals and with couples in 2000.

My training is extremely varied. I’ve gained incredible knowledge from hands-on programs that teach sex in ways that can never be gleaned from a book. I’ve has taken the Guelph Sex Therapy Training Program, where I am now an invited speaker.

Family Counseling and Erotic Media with Dr Carl Shubs TPP61

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carl-shubs-pic In this episode I interview Dr. Carl Shubs, a very prolific and accomplished psychologist, about the current state of erotic media and it’s impact on sexuality education inside and outside of the family home. We talk about the semantics of the term porn and the history of regulation and cultural attitudes toward nudity and sexual content.

He offers practical and insightful tools for parents to take an empowered and self-responsible approach to providing sexuality education for their families.

Please visit his website to learn more about his services:
http://drcarlshubs.com

Dr Shubs’ Bio:
I have been in private practice since 1981 and have taught, trained, and supervised other mental health professionals.

I have published articles in professional journals in the area of trauma. I hold a diplomate from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and was Chairman or Co-chair of the Victim Treatment Committee of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association for twelve years. I was on the professional advisory board of Break the Cycle, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, advocacy, and intervention in stopping teen dating violence, for ten years.

I have been a local and international speaker, lecturer, and presenter, for professional and general audiences, on topics including depression, anxiety, trauma, psychological recovery for victims of violent crime, relationships, self-esteem, bioenergetic analysis, the mind/body connection, and gay/lesbian/bisexual issues.

I have been interviewed for TV, radio, and various forms of print and Internet media on a range of issues concerning clinical psychology.

I have held the American Psychological Association’s Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders since 1996.

I am a Supervisor and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, integrating bioenergetic analysis, contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and other psychotherapeutic modalities since 1974.  I was editor of two publications concerning bioenergetics.

Special study has been in the area gay, lesbian, and bisexual life, growth, development, coming out, being out, relationships, and homophobia.

For several years I was seeing people in medical settings where patients were recovering from illnesses including strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or various other conditions affecting their mind and their emotions.

I served several terms on the Boards of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists and the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

 

Sex Magic and Tantric Public Policy with Laurie Handlers TPP37

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Laurie Handlers picIn this episode I’m joined by the illustrious Laurie Handlers for a discussion about modernizing Tantra and designing new public policies to support sexual exorcism, healing, health and wellness. We also cover the basics of practicing sex magic to manifest your dreams and desires.

Laurie’s Bio
Laurie Handlers is a film producer, sex educator, author, and intimacy coach. You could call her a Sex and Happiness Coach! If you want to get sexier and happier, call her!

She holds a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Her career includes over thirty years as a corporate change consultant, individual empowerment coach and international seminar leader.

She is a dynamic speaker, facilitator and has taught transformational workshops for women, men, couples, singles, parents and teens since 1978 on techniques and secrets that are the basis of healing the body, releasing past emotional trauma, stopping the aging process, and reducing stress.

Please visit https://butterflyworkshops.com to access all of Laurie’s great works!