Feb 042014
 

Tristan and Emily Morse

This week on Sex Out Loud, Tristan Taormino finally meets Emily Morse, host of Sex with Emily and Bravo’s Miss Advised, and they talk about going public about your sex life, monogamy, and Dr. Drew. CalExotics CEO Susan Colvin reflects on how sexual attitudes have changed and Emilie Rosen talks about how Fun Factory‘s newest invention rocked the sex toy world. Then, Cheri from Sportsheets demonstrates why equestrians make great lovers and sex blogger The Redhead Bedhead weighs in on toy company/consumer synergy. This is the final part of a series of interviews recorded at the PleasureWorks booth at the 2014 Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo in Burbank, CA.

Sex Out Loud airs every Friday at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET on the VoiceAmerica Variety channel. You can listen on your computer, phone, or tablet, find all the ways here!

emily morseDr. Emily Morse is a sex expert and host of the top downloaded sex and relationship advice podcast Sex with Emily. She has helped millions of people have the sex and relationships they want but could not figure out how to get. Emily has been voted the #1 dating and sex expert by DatingAdvice.com and the #1 dating and sex expert to follow on Twitter. Emily launched the Sex with Emily radio show and podcast in 2005 before becoming a Bravo television personality on Miss Advised.  She is dedicated to educating men and women about Kegel Exercises (check out her iPhone App: Kegel Camp) and is the author of the popular book, Hot Sex: Over 200 Things You Can Try Tonight. She is a weekly guest co-host on the nationally syndicated radio show Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Emily earned her Doctor of Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco and received her BA in Psychology from University of Michigan. Prior to becoming a sex expert, Emily worked in politics as a campaign aide for California Senator Barbara Boxer and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. She also directed and produced the award-winning documentary, See How They Run, which follows a notorious San Francisco mayoral race.

SusanHeadShotFinalSmallSusan Colvin founded, and is the President and CEO, of California Exotic Novelties, the world’s largest and most respected pleasure product manufacturer, and of JOPEN, the premiere luxury toy company. She has three college degrees: Bachelor of Arts with a major in Speech Communication and minor in Political Science, Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Energy Administration, both from the University of New Mexico, and a Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University. During Susan’s early career she taught GED courses on military bases and served as an Associate Professor and Director of Student Affairs at Hawaii Pacific College. She was also an associate professor at Honolulu Community College, Golden Gate University and Rhode Island College. Upon entering the private sector, Susan was the Director of Operations for one of the original one-hour photo franchises. When the company was sold she started a business management company that specialized in computerizing small business and establishing operating procedures. In her next adventure she assumed the role of General Manager for CPLC and Video Team. With a strong work ethic and a passion for empowering women and couples’, Susan revolutionized the pleasure product industry. She developed the first toys in pink and purple colors and packaged them to appeal to women. She intuitively understood pleasure products and developed a long list of innovations including the first: waterproof, rechargeable, wireless, and more. As an innovator and pioneer, Susan and her companies have been honored with many awards, including: Business Woman of the Year—2012 from EAN, Manufacturer of the Year—2013 from StorErotica, and Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer—2013 from AVN.

Who would have thought that in the mid-1990s two students from Bremen would make the important topic of female passion respectable? Dirk Bauer and Michael Pahl were fresh out of university when they founded their company FUN FACTORY in 1996. Their business idea? They wanted to produce aesthetic and trendy erotic toys that really speak to women and build a name for quality and class. “In a conversation with the founders of the erotic shop ‘For Ladies’ in Bremen, we learned that there was practically nothing of the kind,” Bauer said. “We recognized a gap in the market and made the decision to do something. Our products should unite aesthetics, quality and functionality. They should be fun and no one should be ashamed of them.” In the beginning, Bauer and Pahl sat at the kitchen table and made the form for the first FUN FACTORY dildo, “Paddy Pinguin” from clay. All dildos were first created as unique pieces, but as fans grew in number, so did requests continually climb and climb. Fifteen years later the two-man team at the kitchen table company has grown to Europe’s largest manufacturer of silicone erotic toys – with countless employees and customers from around the world.

Cheri Curry-Poe is the Sales Manager at Sportsheets International. She has been helping the sales team fine tune their customer service practices and increase sales along with customer satisfaction since December 2011. Prior to coming to Sportsheets she worked as an aircraft sales and acquisitions representative. She later moved into a project manager position for a critical contractor for US department of defense. She has been in sales, marketing, and customer contact for over 20 years and during that time was co-owner of a cutting edge multimedia and marketing firm. On her time off she enjoys sailing with her husband, riding horses, paddle boarding and spending time with her two teenage sons.

redhead beheadThe Redhead Bedhead came to life when JoEllen decided she wanted to talk about sex on the internet (“Do people even do that?!”) Now she writes for multiple outlets including Good Vibrations, Life on the Swingset and Kinkly.com as well as the now award-winning RedheadBedhead.com and tours the country on the Superhero Sex Shop Tour.  A writer, educator and adult-retail consultant (she’ll make your shop a Superhero!), the Bedhead is on a mission to prove that through constant learning, perpetual experimentation, fearless collaboration, non-stop dialogue and frequent wise-assery we can save the world from mediocre sex – and have a damn good time doing it. JoEllen resides in Portland, OR, where she spends her days writing, working internet magic, geeking out about sex, and tasting all the beer.

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Jan 222014
 

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This week on Sex Out Loud, Tristan Taormino talks to Lorraine Byerly from We-Vibe about new research on women and vibrators and chats with Sliquid’s CEO Dean Elliot about organic lube. She asks Sportsheets President Julie Stewart about sex in the shower and blogger and sex educator Lady Cheeky about her workshop on body image and sex. Plus, Dee Dennis shares details about the upcoming sex-positive event CatalystCon East. This show is part 1 of a series of interviews recorded at the PleasureWorks booth at the 2014 Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo in Burbank, CA.

Sex Out Loud airs every Friday at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET on the VoiceAmerica Variety channel. You can listen on your computer, phone, or tablet, find all the ways here!

Lorraine Byerly is VP of Marketing for We-Vibe. We-Vibe® designs and manufactures world-leading couples and solo vibrators. Their world-class engineers and industrial designers work closely with sexual wellness experts, doctors and consumers to design and develop intimate products that work in sync with the human body. They use state-of-the-art techniques and tools to make sure our products set new industry standards for ergonomic design and high performance while remaining eco‑friendly and body-safe. We-Vibe is from Standard Innovation®, a Canadian company dedicated to shaping the future of sexual health and wellness.

Julie Stewart has been part of Sportsheets for the past nineteen years overseeing finance, sales, marketing, human resources, straegic planning and working with product development. In 2012 she was promoted to President of the company.  She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Warren Wilson College in 1993. In 1999, she received an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. She enjoys the challenges of running a business and especially likes working with customers, the Sportsheets staff, and seeing our new releases excel in the market place. She loves that Sportsheets is about keeping couples connected and is rewarded by the joy Sportsheets brings to people. On her time off she loves being with her family learning from her six year old daughter Samantha. She likes music, traveling, shopping, reading and being with family.

Dean Elliott is the larger than life Founder & CEO of Sliquid, LLC. Dean is what might be considered a serial entrepreneur, having been a part of what seems to be every industry imaginable since earning his liberal arts degree from NYU. Starting in the late 90′s, Dean was coordinating location logistics, including security, medic & transportation, for the booming reality TV industry. He worked on just about every reality show you can name, on location all over the world. At the same time, Dean was building a reputation as a successful voiceover artist, voicing spots for many of the coolest brands, including Volvo & the WWF. Everything Dean does, he does wholeheartedly, and with a passion for excellence. He came up with the idea for Sliquid at the beginning of the new millennium, and had products formulated and on shelves within 2 years. Since then, Dean has grown Sliquid into one of the biggest and most respected brands of intimate products, with no signs of slowing down. Don’t think he has gotten comfortable though – Dean is currently working hard on his next venture(s) – and you can be sure it will be a success.

Sex educator, writer & coach, Elle Chase (Lady Cheeky) is best known for her award-winning and highly trafficked sex, sensuality and body-positive websites, LadyCheeky.com and SmutForSmarties.com. A SFSI trained sex educator, Elle speaks and gives workshops across the country about all things sex. She has taught sex and body positive workshops on ‘Big, Beautiful Sex,’ and has been a presenter at sexuality conferences such as, CatalystCon East and West, The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit and this summer will be presenting at the ASSECT conference. As an educator and writer, Elle has been featured in The Huffington Post, www.Kinkly.com, The Frisky, Fleshbot, and the recently released Rachel Kramer Bussel erotica anthology “The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories.” She has been profiled on TheRumpus, Gram Ponante’s Porn Valley Observed, and AVN Magazine.

An activist in the field of sexuality, Dee Dennis started her career as a sex blogger, writing about the end of her marriage and starting the next chapter in her life. Through this metamorphosis, Dee discovered her passion for sexuality rights and issues for people around the world. Dee’s commitment to taking the conversation about sexuality offline and into the real world lead in part to the creation of MOMENTUM, a conference she co-founded to empower people to come together and exchange ideas that would further the conversations about sexuality, inspire people and motivate them to carry the conversation forward. In 2012, Dee founded CatalystCon, which she regards as a “melting pot of sexuality” that unites sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change. To Dee, “knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change.” This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon.

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