Sex Ed for Adults: Come As You Are

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Registration for this event will close on April 29, 2021 @ 7:00pm.
Allowed Ages: Over 18 and up
There are 436 seats remaining.

Program Description


I wish I’d learned that when I was a kid….
If only they’d taught us that when we were in school!
I’ve never heard even heard that term – what does it mean?
…Am I normal?

Have you ever had one of these thoughts? Have you ever felt confused, guilty, or distressed around the complicated world of sex? In The Birds & The Bees, a new monthly sex education series for adults 18+, Portsmouth Public Library will host speakers on a variety of topics, with a Q&A session after each talk. Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask!

Free and open to all adults ages 18 and up! Registration is required. Events will be presented in webinar format – no participant audio or video. Questions? Email

In our kickoff event with author Emily Nagoski, we begin with the science of sexual response like you’ve never heard it before, and then blow away five myths about women’s sexuality. When does a woman’s desire for sex start? (Way sooner than you think.) What happens to her body when she’s turned on? (Nothing in particular.) What kind of sensations are erotic? (In the right context, ALL OF THEM.) What’s the single best predictor of a woman’s sexual satisfaction? And how can you have great orgasms reliably? As a bonus, you’ll learn Emily’s Top 5 Sex Tips for Having Better Sex Than Anyone You Know.

Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that will Transform Your Sex Life. Her new book, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, is co-authored with her twin sister Amelia.

Nagoski began her career as a sex educator in 1995 when she became a peer health educator at the University of Delaware. 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. 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 is a trained Gottman Seven Principles educator, with extensive specialized training in bystander intervention, motivational interviewing, and cultural inclusivity, including race, gender, and class.

Emily’s mission in life is to teach women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies.

This just in: our partner RiverRun Bookstore is offering 20% off the price of Come as You Are when you purchase the book online! 

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