Recap: Sex, Context and Feminism ft. Emily Nagoski, PhD
This week, we're revisiting one of our favorite episodes, where Erika got to nerd-out with Dr. Emily Nagoski.
“Wellness is not a state of mind or a state of being. It is a state of action.”
Tune in to this conversation all about how our bodies connect to sex, context, stress and feminism.
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What we talked about
I work with a lot of female identified folks. Emily's work around sex and context informs that work a lot. I ask her:
As you have been writing, researching, podcasting, what are your thoughts around how context matters for female identified folks now?
Tell us about Feminism and 2020. How can science help reduce stress? What is feminist informed care for people?? Tell us your definition of what wellness really is?
More about Emily
Emily Nagoski began her career as a sex educator in 1995 when she became a peer health educator at the University of Delaware. She was trained to teach her fellow undergraduates about stress, nutrition, physical activity, and, above all, sex. Soon she added sexual violence prevention and response to that work, and suddenly she was a sex educator. The plan was to use her degree in Psychology (with minors in cognitive science and philosophy) to become a clinical neuropsychologist, working with people with traumatic brain injury and stroke. But even though she loved brain science, her work in sex education and violence prevention made her like who she was as a person, in a way the academic stuff couldn't. So that's the path she chose.
She went to Indiana University for a M.S. in Counseling Psychology, completing clinical internships at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic and the IU GLBT Student Support Services Office. She continued on to earn a Ph.D. in Health Behavior with a concentration in human sexuality. She taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education. Her time at IU was characterized by stumbling with unwarranted luck into opportunities to work with some of the greatest minds in the world of sex science, and she will spend the rest of her career trying to earn those opportunities.
For eight years, she worked as a lecturer and Director of Wellness Education at Smith College, before transitioning to full-time writing and speaking. She now travels all over, training professionals, teaching college students and other lay people, and learning more every day about the science and art of sexual wellbeing. She is a trained Gottman Seven Principles educator, with extensive specialized training in bystander intervention, motivational interviewing, and cultural inclusivity, including race, gender, and class. Full CV here (PDF).
Emily’s mission in life is to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies.
Her second book, Burnout: the secret to unlocking the stress cycle, is co-authored with her twin sister Amelia. It’s for women who feel overwhelmed and exhausted by all they have to do, yet worrying that they’re not doing “enough.”