96 :: Engineering for Intimacy with Janet Lieberman

Episode Description

Janet Lieberman is a woman after my own heart! After earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from MIT and working with various companies in the consumer product space she began to wonder why the same level of care and design didn’t go into sex toys.

Through the grapevine she heard about Alexandra Fine (Co-Founder of Dame Productions – Episode 93) who was also launching a sex toy company and it was business partner love at first sight. From their first meeting they chose to combine efforts and energy to launch Dame.

Join Mechanical Engineer and Co-Founder of Dame Products, Janet Lieberman and I as we talk about sex toys, product design, female orgasm, dispelling myths about sex toys and pleasure and orgasm shaming on Episode 96 of Ignite Intimacy!

Janet Lieberman – BIO

Engineer and a graduate of MIT, Janet designed 3D printers until she discovered that vibrators weren’t being developed, manufactured, or marketed the way a quality consumer good should be. A firm believer that you must be the change you want to see in the world, Lieberman co-founded Dame Products to try to catalyze that shift.
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93 :: Sex Toys, Redefining Climax + Enhanced Intimacy with Alexandra Fine

Episode Description Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Dame Productions, Alexandra Fine has always been comfortable with her sexuality. As a curiously adventurous girl, she recounts a story about her First grade teachers reaction when she shared about an adventure she went on as a young girl with her Aunt to a drag show in Manhattan. In this episode Alex tells us about her courage to explore and engage sexually at a young age, her desire to share openly about her experiences and STI status to developing sex toy-esque innovations at home and inviting her girl friends over to test them out for her! Join entrepreneur, CEO and Co-founder of Dame Products, Alexandra Fine and I as we explore the power of being bold, courageous and true with our sexuality, sensuality, desires, status and relationships in Episode 93 of Ignite Intimacy. Alexandra Fine – BIO CEO of Dame Products, Alex Fine translates the nuances of our sexualities into human-friendly toys for sex. A lifelong student of sexual health, Fine earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in sex therapy from Columbia University. She first began developing her own vibrators at home and asking friends to give her feedback. In founding … Continue reading

71 :: Juicebox, Sex Advice + Future of Sex with Brianna Rader

Episode Description Brianna Rader is an entrepreneur, sex tech innovator and founder of the Juicebox APP whose sex education organization at the University of Tennessee was shut down by state legislature for being too risqué. Join us as we have an engaging conversation about new APP Juicebox (giving you access to sex and relationship therapists on the go), sex advice, toys + lube, communication before, during and after (of course) and the future of sex on Episode 72 of Ignite Intimacy!! Brianna Rader – BIO Brianna Rader is a sex education advocate well-known for starting a comprehensive sex education organization at the University of Tennessee that led to her being condemned by the state legislature. She received a Masters in Global Health from UCSF and then created Juicebox, an iOS app that pairs you with professional sex and relationship coaches from a network of certified and vetted experts. App link Website link Promo code for Juicebox Ignite Intimacy listeners enter the IGNITE code will get 60% off your first week of Juicebox! References Uber Lube Sliquid Eva vibrator Cliteracy by Sophia Wallace … Continue reading

51 :: Sex Toys + Intimacy with Isabelle Deslauriers

Episode Description While in college Isabelle Deslauriers discovered a major gap in the sex toy industry. There were no luxurious, well designed, safe toys made specifically for women or women’s health. She said, “What was on the market didn’t resonate with my view of what sexuality was. For me, sexuality was always deeply intertwined with intimacy and even romance. I couldn’t find anything at the time that gave me that feeling.” After a dare from her college classmates, Isabelle chose to focus her senior project on developing a new sex toy that would be safe, aesthetically pleasing and effective without batteries. Join us for a warm, insightful and inspiring conversation about sex toys, women’s health, the dangers of materials used in sex toys and how to develop deeper intimacy with yourself and your partner through the use of Desirables’ dildo, the ‘Dalia,’ and their internal massage stones, the ‘Adori.’ Isabelle Deslauriers – BIO Quebec City, Canada born and raised, and now Montreal based Isabelle Deslauriers is the founder and president of Désirables Expérience Design inc. An innovative and award-winning femmepreneur, Isabelle is a graduate of the Industrial Design program at the University of Montreal. Find her online: Website Facebook Instagram Subscribe here and get a free massage booklet! Discount for Ignite Intimacy Listeners: 15% off their first purchase with … Continue reading

35 :: Gender Fluidity & Being True to You with Caleb Arring and Matthew VanHorn

Episode Description Did you know that transgender people are twice as likely to have a college degree but three times as likely to be unemployed? Or that you can in some states you can still be fired for being gay? These are the issues that are facing LGBTQ entrepreneurs, and Caleb Arring and Matthew VanHorn are working to change the world of business for people within this community. They’ve taken their amazing talents and funneled them into bringing LGTBQ entrepreneurs into a business niche to vibe and thrive together. We dive into their earlier lives, Caleb’s transgender journey, their relationships with themselves and each other, the beauty of openness and gender fluidity, and finding your place in the world. Join us for some juicy goodness on Episode 35 of Ignite Intimacy, Gender Fluidity & Being True to You with LGBTQ Entrepreneurs Caleb Arring and Matthew VanHorn! Caleb and Matthew – BIOS After suffering with confusion, self-loathing, and an eating disorder as a teen, Matthew overcame shame, guilt, and fear through the Celebrating Your Body Erotic workshop, and now makes a point of being naked as much as possible. Identifying as queer, he has expanded his talents for relationship coaching to … Continue reading

34 :: Sexuality & Psychology in NYC with Dulcinea Pitagora

Episode Description Have you ever felt alone or confused about your lifestyle, sexuality and the choices you make concerning the two? It took some effort, and I’m super excited that I finally got to have a conversation with the incredible Dulcinea Pitagora on these topics and more. This brilliant powerhouse specializes in providing support for those who may not be able to relate to, trust, or feel comfortable discussing their alternative lifestyles with just any therapist. Identifying as kink, queer, gender fluid and a past sex worker herself, Dulcinea can offer clients understanding, trust, and a strong knowledge of many lifestyles. Dulcinea continues to be the voice of the LGTBQ and BDSM communities, founding a variety of projects and creating resources for those seeking a shame free space to express their real selves. Dulcinea Pitagora – BIO Highly educated in psychology, social work, and human sexuality, Dulcinea Pitagora is also a researcher and well known member of NYC’s BDSM and LGBTQ communities. Running a private practice in Manhattan, Dulcinea is also the founder of ManhattanAlternative.com, a listing of alternative lifestyle affirmative service providers in New York City. A strong belief in encouraging sex positive education and tolerance has also led … Continue reading

18 :: Jealousy Jealousy Jealousy with Kathy Labriola

 Episode Description: Do you feel scared and anxious when you meet people who you think are prettier, more successful or sexier than you? Worried that your partner might like them better than you? What do you do when you see that your partner has been liking sexy pictures of an ex on social media? and…. How do you let go of the past and past hurts and deceits to be fully present in your current relationship? Kathy Labriola and I are diving into that ohhhh sooo uncomfortable emotion of Jealousy and how we can navigate the feelings that Jealousy stirs up within us so that we can have more powerful relationships with ourselves, our lovers, and our partners. Kathy is sharing her tips and tricks for redefining our relationship to Jealousy in episode 18 of Ignite Intimacy! Kathy Labriola– BIO Kathy Labriola is a nurse, counselor, and hypnotherapist in private practice in Berkeley, California. She provides affordable mental health services to alternative communities. A card-carrying bisexual and polyamorist for over 40 years, Kathy is a political activist and community organizer. She is extra crunchy, lives in a housing cooperative, rides a bike, and raises chickens and organic vegetables. Get Kathy’s Jealousy Workbook here: https://www.amazon.com/Jealousy-Workbook-Exercises-Insights-Relationships/dp/0937609633 Contact her at: (510) … Continue reading

17 :: Inviting Desire, Sex & Intimacy Communication Tips with Walker Thornton

Episode Description: Struggle with communication in the bedroom or in your relationship(s) in general? Wish you knew how to express your needs in a way that won’t turn your partner off or have them feeling insecure and sensitive about their ability to (or not to) pleasure you? Feeling disconnected from your sex drive in middle age and need to reignite the juiciest parts of yourself?! Well… we’ve got some super awesome tricks and tips for you. Author Walker Thornton is on a mission to create a group of sexuality awakened individuals. Walker Thornton – BIO Walker Thornton is a sex educator, speaker, and sexual health writer. Her mission is to help women embrace their sexuality in a way that feels comfortable at each stage of life. Her writing has appeared on the American Sexual Health Association website, Huffington Post, Better After 50, Senior Planet, and other sites. She is the Sexual Health Columnist for Midlife Boulevard and writes about midlife sexuality at Kinkly.com. Walker currently serves on the Sexuality and Aging Consortium of Widener University’s Leadership Committee. She has presented at the Sexuality and Aging Symposium, CatalystCon, and in other venues across the country. A former executive director of sexual assault … Continue reading

15 :: Sex, The Military & Discovering your Ideal Sexual Identity and Relationship Style with Dr. Liz Powell

Episode Description: Have you served in the Armed Forces and had to hide your sexual preference and desires for fear that you’d be reprimanded or dishonorably discharged from serving your country if ‘found out’ or caught in the act? Are you living in a relationship paradigm that is old, stagnant and NOT what you truly desire to experience in intimate and/or sexual relationships? Remember ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’?  Then join Psychologist, Military Service Vet and Sexpert Dr. Liz Powell and I as we dive deep into Sex, Service and getting to the heart of what we truly desire to experience in our Intimate and Sexual Relationships on Episode 15 of Ignite Intimacy! Dr. Liz Powell – BIO Dr. Liz Powell is a psychologist and coach who works with people who feel like the regular dating world doesn’t fit for them. She helps them learn how to tap into their authentic selves to create relationships that are their unique perfect fit and that make them feel worthy and deserving of love exactly how they are. There are no right or wrong relationship styles, just ones that work for us or don’t. Dr. Liz has presented at many national conferences, including the AASECT … Continue reading

8 :: Let’s Talk About Sex featuring Marcia Baczynski

Episode Description: Curious about terms like ‘gender queer?’ Ever wonder when is the ‘right’ time to make a move when you’re feeling attracted to someone?! Want to know when is the best time to have that oh so convenient but oh so necessary conversation about STD’s with a potential lover or partner? Join sexpert Marcia Baczynski and I as we dive deep into the topics of Gender, Attraction and talking about that oh so juicy topic.. S E X on Episode 8 of Ignite Intimacy!! Marcia gives us her special tips and tricks for opening up, exploring and having those sometimes uncomfortable conversations around sex and sexuality. Marcia Baczynski – BIO Marcia Baczynski is a sex educator and relationship coach who works to provide people with practical tools to create extraordinary relationships. Her primary mission is to help people overcome shame and get in touch with what they truly want — romantically, sexually and relationally — even if it’s off the beaten path. Marcia works with a select group of clients one-on-one each year, teaches workshops, and leads ongoing group classes throughout North America. Her virtual course, “The Good Girl Recovery Program,” helps women to break out of the roles that keep them … Continue reading