Heather Corinna

Scarleteen.com

Heather is the executive director of and lead educator at Scarleteen.com, the inclusive online resource for teen and young adult sex education and information which she founded in 1998. She is the author of S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College; a founder of the All Girl Army; director of the CONNECT teen sexual health outreach program for King County through the Cedar River Clinics/Feminist Women’s Health Center, and a sexual health consultant for the young women’s site orb28. She is also a member of the editorial advisory board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education and a contributor to the forthcoming 2011 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in online and print publictions including the anthologies Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, Viscera, Aqua Erotica, Zaftig: Well-Rounded Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 1 & 2, Shameless: An Intimate Erotica and in the forthcoming anthology Breakthrough Bleeding: Essays on The Thing Women Spend A Quarter Of Their Time Doing, But No One’s Supposed To Talk About, and her photographic work has been shown in several gallery shows and publications.

She was the founder of Scarletletters.com in the nineties, the first online sexuality and arts hub for women online, and has the either laudable or embarrassing reputation of having one of the longest running personal journals online. Also a lead plantiff for the ACLU in the case against COPA, in 2007, she was recognized for her activist work in sexuality and sexual health by the National Sexuality Resource Center with a Champions of Sexual Literacy Award. In 2009 she was awarded the Society for the Scientific Study of
Sexuality, Western Region’s Public Service Award and an Our Bodies,
Ourselves’ Women’s Health Heroes Award. Previous to her work in sexuality, Heather was a Montessori and alternative classroom educator for several years. A Chicago native, she now lives and works in Seattle, Washington.


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What Is Healthy Sexual Development?

Heather Corinna

Depending on your view, the answer to that question might seem really obvious or very tricky and hazy. However, it's a phrase and concept that's bandied about a lot, yet is rarely explained.  A group of Australian researchers finally defined it clearly and holistically.

How to Become an Expatriate of “Ow”-ville

Heather Corinna

Does vaginal intercourse hurt? Feel like you're the only one in the whole wide world who doesn't think it's the best thing ever? Here's a reality check and some places to get started to ditch sexual pain and find pleasure instead.

Do These Pants Make Me (Look) Trans?

Heather Corinna

Gender and gender identity are complex and diverse: there's not just one way of being a girl, being trans gender, and those also aren't your only choices. So how do you figure out where you're at when the little boxes don't seem to fit?

Faking, Farewell!

Heather Corinna

If you've been faking orgasm and want help on how to come clean and have a talk about it that'll lay the groundwork for a better sex life that's about and allows for what's real, we've got you covered.

Get Real! Out, Out Damn UTI!

Heather Corinna

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) probably are not influenced by how you clean your body after sex, but there are a host of preventative measures you can take if you're not taking them already.

Heather and Dan On How “It Gets Better”

Heather Corinna

Heather shares her personal experiences growing up queer, and interviews Dan Savage about his new video project, It Gets Better, designed to reach out to gay youth in the wake of the devastating suicide of gay teen, Billy Lucas.

Get Real! Who’s on Top?

Heather Corinna

Sex really is a lot like dancing.  We move together, trying to gauge and flow with each other's rhythms, following or mirroring each others' steps.

Q is for Questioning

Heather Corinna

What's that Q in LGBTQ for, anyway? Sometimes it's for queer, a way some of us identify who feel like gay, lesbian or bisexual doesn't cover all the bases of who we do or may love. 

What’s Sex?

Heather Corinna

More often than not, personal or cultural definitions of sex are also frequently sexist, hetero-sexist or gender-normative, even though many of us in the world, and many of our sexual experiences, don't fit in those tiny boxes.

(VIDEO) So… About that Video

Heather Corinna

Heather critiques a sexuality education video from a national organization which, she argues, unnecessarily perpetuates negative stereotypes about both men and women.

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