Sex-Positive Resources and Role Models

Sex positive: a simple yet radical affirmation that we each grow our own passions on a different medium, that instead of having two or three or even half a dozen sexual orientations, we should be thinking in terms of millions. “Sex-positive” respects each of our unique sexual profiles, even as we acknowledge that some of us have been damaged by a culture that tries to eradicate sexual difference and possibility- Carol Queen, Real Live Nude Girl

Sex negativity is the dominant view of sex in Western culture. According to these advocates, traditional Christian views of human sexuality define traditional Western values in relation to this subject. Thus, such proponents of sex-positivity claim that under the Western, Christian tradition, sex is seen as a destructive force except when it is redeemed by the saving grace of procreation, and sexual pleasure is seen as sinful. Sexual acts are ranked hierarchically, with marital heterosexuality at the top of the hierarchy and masturbation, homosexuality, and other sexualities that deviate from societal norms closer to the bottom. Medicine and psychiatry are said to have also contributed to sex-negativity, as they may, from time to time, designate some forms of sexuality that appear on the bottom of this hierarchy as being pathological.- Gayle Rubin, Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality

Print & Online Resources

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists

Pat Califia, author of Speaking Sex to Power and Public Sex

Betty Dodson,, author of Sex for One

Dorrie Easton,, author of When Someone You Love is Kinky and The Ethical Slut

Staci Haines, author of Survivor’s Guide to Sex

Loraine Hutchins,

Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality,

Kinsey Institute,

Marty Klein,,

Jack Morin, author of The Erotic Mind and Anal Pleasure and Health

Carol Queen,, author of Exhibitionism for the Shy

Pepper Schwartz, Accessible sex information for adolescents

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States,

Society for Human Sexuality,

Reay Tannahill, author of Sex in History

The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation

Sexual Pioneers

Joani Blank,

Susie Bright, www.

Annie Sprinkle,

David Steinberg, Erotic Photography

FTM International

International Foundation for Gender Education

Kink-Aware Professionals and National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

Museum of Sex, New York,

Polyamory resources:, San Francisco Sex Information Hotline

Society for Human Sexuality

Mail order resources

Toys in Babeland,

Good Vibrations,


Regional resources

Seattle Erotic Arts Festival

Seattle Sex Positive Community Center

SheBop, Portland retail store and online products

Sex-Positive Popular Films and Influential Directors

Calendar Girls

The Full Monty


John Cameron Mitchell, director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

John Waters, director of Pecker and A Dirty Shame