What Excites Us!

Gwyn Isaacs

Sex and sexuality are a part of being a human. We aim to take all the aspects of this taboo subject out of the closet and into the light. Join Gwyn Isaacs every other week as she talks to professionals in the field, forays into other cultures' beliefs, teaches new concepts, chats with folks willing to share their bedroom hijinks, and answers your questions about sex. read less
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Episodes

Ask Auntie Julia's Connection Camp
Ask Auntie Julia's Connection Camp
Episode Summary: In this episode, Gwyn Isaacs interviews Julia Sheldon, also known as Auntie Julia or Ask Auntie Julia, about the healthy relating camp for teens that she is creating. They discuss the importance of healthy relationships and how the camp aims to set teenagers up for success in all areas of their lives. Julia shares details about the camp, including the activities, sleeping arrangements, and the focus on experiential learning. They also touch on Julia's work with adults and how she helps them navigate their relationships. This episode provides valuable insights for both teenagers and adults on how to relate better with others and foster healthier relationships. About the Guest(s): Julia Sheldon, also known as Auntie Julia or Ask Auntie Julia, is a sex and relationship educator for teens. She has been working with teenagers for 25 years and has a degree in sexuality, marriage, and family studies from St. Jerome's University. Julia is the founder and director of Connection Camp, a healthy relating camp for teens. She is passionate about empowering teenagers to have healthy relationships and providing a safe space for them to be themselves. Key Takeaways:Connection Camp is a healthy relating camp for teens that aims to set teenagers up to have the kinds of relationships they want in their lives. The camp provides a safe and inclusive environment where teenagers can openly discuss, learn about, and understand the dynamics of healthy relationships. The camp focuses on experiential learning, using activities, games, and workshops to teach teenagers about consent, boundaries, emotional regulation, and more. Julia and her team of staff members, who come from diverse backgrounds, are committed to modeling healthy relationships and providing a supportive and non-judgmental space for teenagers. The camp offers opportunities for personal growth, self-discovery, and building strong friendships, and aims to empower teenagers to be accountable for their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Connection Camp website: connectioncamp.org Auntie Julia's website: askauntiejulia.com Auntie Julia on Instagram: @askauntiejulia The Emotional Lives of Teenagers by Lisa Damour: book https://thesuburbansexologist.com/gwyn-isaacs whatexcitesus.com
Body Sex & More with Jennifer Rahner
23-02-2024
Body Sex & More with Jennifer Rahner
In this episode, Gwyn interviews Jennifer Rahner, a certified body sex facilitator and sex educator. Jenn shares her journey from working in IT to pursuing her passion for sexual education. She explains the Body Sex experience, as founded by Betty Dodson, which involves a group of vulva owners coming together to explore their bodies, share their experiences, and learn techniques for achieving orgasm. They discuss the power of body sex in creating a sense of sisterhood and acceptance, and how it can be a transformative experience. She also talks about her plans to expand body sex to include all genders and the importance of inclusive sexual education, as well as facilitating Body Sex online. About the Guest(s):Jennifer Rahner is a certified body sex facilitator and sex educator. She offers virtual and in-person classes focused on anatomy, pleasure, and body acceptance. A professional writer for more than two decades, she is passionate about helping people experience more pleasure in their lives - sexual and otherwise. You can learn more at JenniferRahner.com or find her as @geekysexlove Notable Quotes: "When somebody gets up the nerve to come and learn from me, it's a wonderful thing. That first step is the hardest one." - Jennifer Rahner "Body sex feels like getting back to our roots and sharing information that is our birthright." - Jennifer Rahner "Education is the key to reducing unwanted pregnancies, STI transmission, and sexual assault. We need to normalize conversations about sexuality and provide comprehensive sexual education." - Jennifer Rahner Resources:JenniferRahner.com Bodysex.com More about Soft Cock Week and Michelle Renee https://earthlydesire.com/podcast/episode-45-michelle-renee-intimacy-guide/ WhatExcitesUs.com
Tell-All with Blue
22-12-2023
Tell-All with Blue
This tell-all episode is with my friend Blue.We have a fantastic conversation where Blue discusses his sexual journey and preferences, including his experience as a serial monogamist and his exploration of exhibitionism. He talks about the importance of communication in his relationship and how his own sexual practices have positively impacted his connection with his partner. Blue also shares his interest in watching real people in pornography and his desire to be desired. He reflects on his changing body and attraction to his partner over time. **About The Guest:** Blue is a middle-aged man who identifies as heterosexual and has been in a long-term relationship with his partner for 13 years. He describes himself as a serial monogamist and is interested in exploring exhibitionism and other aspects of his sexuality. ​ **Key Takeaways:** - Blue is a heterosexual man who identifies as a serial monogamist. - He has been in a long-term relationship with his partner for 13 years and finds their sexual connection to be loving and reaffirming.- Blue enjoys watching real people in pornography and has explored exhibitionism through sharing pictures and videos with his partner.- He desires to be desired and finds attraction to be a complex and multi-faceted experience. ​ **Great Quotes:** - "Sex now, 13 years into our relationship, is better than it's ever been." - "My desire is to be desired."- "I find my wife sexier now than I did in the beginning." If you enjoy listening to my Gen Xness, it really shines in this one, I literally say to the max! **Please:**Share this episode with a friend!Come visit the website at whatexcitesus.comAnd consider buying me a coffee or joining the Patreon for bonus content patreon.com/whatexcitesus
Folklore & Sex Ed with Jeana Jorgensen
Folklore & Sex Ed with Jeana Jorgensen
Jeana Jorgensen is a folklorist and gender studies scholar. She holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Gender Studies from Indiana University and has taught at various universities. Jeanna has published numerous academic articles and book chapters on gender and sexuality in folklore, literature, and pop culture. Her current research focuses on ethical non-monogamies and the history of sex education. Summary: In this episode, Gwyn interviews Jeana Jorgensen, a folklorist and gender studies scholar, about the intersection of folklore and sex education. Jeana discusses how folklore influences our understanding of sex and sexuality, and how it shapes our beliefs and attitudes. She also explores the history of sex education and the role of folklore in shaping cultural norms and values. Jeanna emphasizes the importance of understanding folklore in order to challenge and change harmful narratives around sex and sexuality. Key Takeaways: Folklore is informally transmitted traditional culture that shapes our beliefs, attitudes, and stereotypes around sex and sexuality. Moral panics and conspiracy theories often target marginalized groups as scapegoats for societal issues. Sex education has a long history of moral panics and censorship, influenced by figures like Anthony Comstock and the Comstock laws. Fairy tales have been used to perpetuate gender roles and heteronormative ideals, but they can also be reimagined to challenge and subvert these norms. Folklore and sex education are intertwined, and understanding folklore can help us challenge harmful narratives and promote inclusive and accurate sex education. Pick up a copy of Sex Education 101 at: www.folklore101.com or by visiting her website: JeanaJorgensen.com You can follow Jeana on X and other Social Media Platforms using the handle FoxyFolklorist Finally, be sure to visit whatexcitesus.com for more great content
HypnoKink from the Bottom's Perspective with Panda
15-10-2023
HypnoKink from the Bottom's Perspective with Panda
Seeming part 3 of a series in HypnoKink, this is a conversation with Panda, the other half of PandaStory.love. PandaPet (it/they) is a polyamorous pet with a penchant for the use of alliteration. It has been a longstanding member of the New England and DC/NoVa communities, and has taught for a fair number of hypnosis and kink conferences. A tireless volunteer, it has also worked behind the scenes on educational programming at a handful of kink conventions for the past ten years. It co-founded CONsolation (a Discord community that offers kink education) with it's master HypnoStory and partner Yoshi. Unashamedly itself in all things, it is an advocate for the darklings, pets, age players, neurodivergent, and queerdos of our community. Frequently the hypnotee or bottom we talk about a lot of things including: What hypnosis feels like,Common Concerns, Phases of Hypnosis, What a pre-talk is, and how it’s different from negotiation, Safety precautions, Agency, Consent violations and so much more. If you are a fan of the podcast episodes that are a couple of folks vibing and having random conversation, I highly encourage you to visit and join (if you aren’t already a member of) the Patreon. Because Panda and I had the MOST FUN chatting, and it’s a 2.5 hour conversation. Now I will warn there is some craziness that happens during that time, but it is just really fun, and if you want to feel like a fly on the wall this is the place to do it, at patreon.com/whatexcitesus Please visit: Panda & Hypnpstory’s website: pandastory.love Directly to the Hypnosis 101: pandastory.love/101 The Discord Server CONsolation: https://discord.gg/Cnsb8UYfaA Sleeping Girl - https://sleepingirl.carrd.co/ And of course - whatexcitesus.com
Hypno Kink with HypnoStory part 1
15-09-2023
Hypno Kink with HypnoStory part 1
This episode withHypnoStory about Hypno Kink and Erotic Hypnosis is part 1 of 2, because we had such a lovely conversation that I wanted to share all of it with you.If you would rather wait and listen to the whole conversation, I understand that. HypnoStory (they/them) loves to share the joy and power of hypnosis with most anyone who will listen. They have been doing various forms of hypnosis for over 25 years, and have taught for Charmed!, Entranced, NEEHU, KinkyCon, and The Fetish Fair Fleamarket among others. In addition to erotic and recreational hypnosis, they occasionally perform as a stage hypnotist and work with clients using hypnosis for personal growth. Together with their partner panda, they offer kink and hypnokink education through their company Pandastory, LLC and also run CONsolation (a Discord server that presents kink education)We talk about: What is hypnosis, sort of. What is Hypno Kink, mostly. Our experiences being nervous about being kinky and going to events. Stage hypnosis and hypnosis for change - ways they are similar and different.We break as I’m starting to bring some of my cynicism to the table, and that's where we will pick it up next time. The Hypnokink 101 class is available on a sliding scale at - https://www.pandastory.love/101The discord group is called - CONsolation - https://discord.gg/UrtkFT5dOther Mentions: Read Only Mind - https://readonlymind.com/James Tripp - https://www.hypnosiswithouttrance.com/Sarah Sloan - https://www.sarahsloane.net/ Devyn Stone & his property Guan Xuan - https://www.devynstone.com/Hannah the Scribe - https://hannahthescribe.com/ Please visit whatexcitesus.com and/or patreon.com/whatexcitesus
Jamie Cawelti of Sex Positive World
21-07-2023
Jamie Cawelti of Sex Positive World
I talk with Jamie Cawelti of Sex Positive World in this conversation. We learn about their mission, their methods and get lots of tidbits along the way of how to enjoy healthier happier sex lives for ourselves along the way. As well as touching on Jamie's personal story and more. Sex Positive World is an umbrella organization that encourages and supports worldwide sex positive communities. We are an entirely volunteer-run non-profit committed to changing societal ideas and values around sexuality through education and empowerment. This organization was founded in 2009 as a single chapter in Portland, Oregon, and we have since expanded to more than 5000 members and 10 chapters in cities across the US and Europe. Thier umbrella covers all aspects of human sexuality including gender and orientation (LGBTQIA), relationship styles (monogamy-polyamory), and sexual expressions (kink, tantra, lifestyle). We focus on consent and boundaries, how to have a sexy safer sex talk, body-positivity, healthy touch, sexual health, reproductive freedom, trans rights, anti-racism (yes, this is a sex positive issue!), sex-positive parenting, and more.To learn more about what was mentioned please follow these links: Sexpositiveworld.com Jamie Cawelti - @ExploringJamie on all the socialsMaketimeforthetalk.com Marla Renee Stewart https://www.marlareneestewart.com Andrea Allen Andrea Allan (@andreacomedy69) Books:Love's Not Color Blind: Race and Representation in Polyamorous and Other Alternative Communities by Kevin A. Patterson The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (Emergent Strategy) Part of: Emergent Strategy (8 books) - by Adrienne Maree Brown and AK Press Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out - by Jessica Graham
Exploring Light and Dark Eros with Lucia Gabriela
Exploring Light and Dark Eros with Lucia Gabriela
This episode I’m chatting with Lucia Gabriela who is bringing three workshops to Long Island this July. Links for tickets below Our conversation starts by learning a little bit about Lucia and her journey including how healing from cancer as a teenager eventually brought her to leading these workshops and creating the Sarasota Dark Temple.We talk about the importance of energetics and how resentments affect relationships. Lucia discussed how important intentions are as well as giving consideration to all aspects of sensations involved in a scene. She tells us a little bit about her system of bringing Tantra and Kink together called Tantrikink. Over the course of the chat we glean lots of tidbits that we can begin putting to use right away in our intimate lives. Lucia Gabriela helps individuals and couples to master their life, relationships, and intimacy with themselves and others. As a Trauma-Informed Relationship and Intimacy Coach, Lucia Gabriela creates a sacred and safe space for individuals and couples to heal, transform, and uplevel their relationships. As a result, clients learn how to develop conscious and meaningful intimacy. As a Trauma-Informed Somatic Therapist and Tantra Facilitator, Lucia Gabriela specializes in and works with individuals whose journey is to liberate themselves from emotional and sexual traumas. She helps them reclaim their creative power, body, voice, sensuality, and sexuality and welcomes pleasure into their lives, creations, and relationships. Lucia Gabriela offers her coaching and somatic services at Nuna Holistic Retreat Center. As a Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Kink Practitioner and TantriKink® Creator, Lucia Gabriela fuses the power of Tantra and Kink/BDSM to help clients connect with their body wisdom, discover their erotic archetypes, and master their erotic energy. As a Trauma-Informed Event Producer, Lucia Gabriela founded Sacred Love Temple (Tantric Shamanic Community & Events), Sarasota Dark Temple (Conscious Kink/BDSM Community & Events), and Sol y Luna Tantric Shamanic Retreat-Festival and Intimacy and Desire 2.0 Conference. Lucia Gabriela is also the co-producer of Turn On Miami™ and eXplore Tantra Festival™. As a Trauma-Informed Intimacy Expert, Lucia Gabriela is the Tantric Shamanic Somatic Healing, TSSH™ Certification Trainings co-teacher. If you are near New York in July, consider going to her events: Kink ßDSM Workshop: Dark Eros Initiation (Long Island, NY) - https://rb.gy/ws871 Sensual Embodiment: A Tantric Journey for Women (Long Island, NY) - https://rb.gy/rzbn4 The Art of Ecstatic Intimacy - A Tantric Date for Couples (Long Island, NY) https://rb.gy/hto7y And if you are near Sarasota Florida anytime look into the offerings she hosts athttps://sacredlovetemple.com/ and https://floridakinkbdsm.com/ Over in the Patreon there is bonus content where we go into some of the myths involved in kink and Tantra. You can find that at:www.patreon.com/whatexcitesus And please visit whatexcitesus.com for links to great lube, past episodes and more
The Burlesque Hall of Fame with Museum Director Dustin M. Wax
21-04-2023
The Burlesque Hall of Fame with Museum Director Dustin M. Wax
When I was in Vegas I got to see the Burlesque Hall of Fame, And, I was lucky enough that the director Dustin M. Wax agreed to sit down and talk to me. We talked about how the museum came to exist, why it’s important, a little bit about some of these amazing performers, how gender plays out in the neo-burlesque movement and the previous incarnations, as well as some advice for aspiring performers and so much more. When you are in Las Vegas, you should plan on a visit, it’s right in the Downtown Arts District, easy to get to and well worth the time. To learn more visit https://www.burlesquehall.com We mentioned so many great performers and teased you with little bits about a bunch of fun history, I thought I’d help you get a headstart with some links. And please be sure to visit whatexcitesus.com too. Lydia Thompson and her contribution to 19th century American Theater: https://editions.covecollective.org/chronologies/lydia-thompsons-contribution-19th-century-burlesque-theater-america Tempest Storm comes up a few times: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempest_Storm https://www.burlesquehall.com/tempest-storm/ Sally Rand: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13902628/the-burlesque-pioneer-who-fought-censorship-and-multiple-arrests Every Rocky Horror’s Fan Favorite, Lili St. Cyr: https://www.burlesquehall.com/museumathome-burlesque-legends-lili-st-cyr/ A little bit about the Riot Grrl Movement: https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/brief-history-riot-grrrl-space-reclaiming-90s-punk-movement-2542166 The Something Weird Video Channel https://www.youtube.com/@SomethingWeirdDotCom/featured An Interview with a couple of Burlesque Legends, including Jennifer Fox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTxj2Vi94sM A little bit about Hedy Jo Star: https://zagria.blogspot.com/2012/01/hedy-jo-star-1920-1999-showgirl.html The post mentioned about Marinka: https://www.burlesquehall.com/transgender-day-of-visibility-honoring-marinka/ Aida Overton Walker’s Wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida_Overton_Walker Tony Midnite’s Wiki Page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Midnite About Jennie Lee: http://redhotsburlesque.com/2013/legend-jennie-lee/ About Sherry Britton: https://burlexe.com/burlesque/burlesque-icons/sherry-britton-burlesque-history/