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Using Sex Toys as a Tool to Heal from Trauma with Sarah Brynn Holliday

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Join us as we welcome Sarah Brynn Holliday (they/them) for Using Sex Toys as a Tool to Heal from Trauma on Thursday, May 27th from 8:00 to 10:00PM EST over Zoom!

This workshop will be recorded and will be made available for a limited time to everyone who registers.

How can survivors reclaim pleasure after trauma? How can we use sex toys as tools for our healing journeys? How can we affirm pleasure as a human right for everyone—including survivors? Participants will learn sex toy basics, how to use sex toys to map your pleasure as a survivor, and self-care strategies. All survivors are welcome. Sarah’s work is informed by an inclusive definition of trauma that recognizes many types of traumas can affect pleasure.

In this workshop, Sarah aims to help survivors craft their own individualized paths toward healing outside of mainstream expectations about what healing "should" look like. It is their intention that survivors leave the workshop with more tools in their toolbelt, particularly: an understanding of the intersection between sex toy education and trauma education, sex toy safety, and why sex toys can be distinctly helpful for survivors.


About Sarah Brynn Holliday

Sarah Brynn Holliday (they/them) is a sexuality writer, speaker, sex toy company consultant, and queer smut peddler based in Salem, Massachusetts. Sarah is the Spooky-Femme-in-Chief at Formidable Femme, where they primarily write about healing, pleasure, and sex after trauma, pushing for ethical, equitable business practice within the sex toy industry, and navigating the world as a non-binary femme. Sarah was featured on MTV News in 2019 and has spoken at numerous colleges across the U.S., including Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University.



Tickets are available on a sliding scale ($3-$30) to ensure folx of varying economic backgrounds are able to access the sex education they deserve. We ask those who have the financial means to help "spread the wealth" by contributing to the community pool so that we can offer a limited number of sponsored free tickets to those who need it.

We kindly ask that those who have the financial means to purchase a ticket do so, and save our sponsored free tickets to those who do not.

To access this workshop for free, please enter the code CSPH-FREE when registering.

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