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The Smitten Kitten regularly hosts educational classes and workshops led by Smitten Kitten staff and by guest presenters from around the U.S. and Canada. Past and upcoming events at Smitten Kitten or involving Smitten Kitten staff can be found on our events calendar.
The workshops listed below have all been developed by Smitten Kitten staff, and can be taught here at our Minneapolis store or on-site at clinics, conferences, universities, etc. If you're interested in booking one of our workshops in your own space, or requesting a private workshop for your group here at Smitten Kitten, please write to us at [email protected]. Most workshops can be customized for the specific needs and interests of your organization, so don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about our workshop curricula or the booking process!
The Smitten Kitten was the first totally non-toxic, body safe sex toy store! This class will teach you what that means, how to shop for safe sex toys and lubricants, and give a rundown of sex toy materials, types, and uses.
Understanding the anatomical and physiological functions that facilitate pleasure and arousal allows for creative and empowering sexual exploration for any body! This workshop breaks down arousal and sexual response like an easy-to-use owner's manual to genitals.
This workshop focuses on insertable sex toys and their pleasure potential within a context of sexual health and safety. The Smitten Kitten has advocated for consumer safety in the sex toy industry since our store opened in 2003, and part of our mission is to educate consumers so they themselves can become advocates within their own communities. The content of this workshop will empower participants so that they know how to make informed decisions about pleasure and sexual health, and pass on this knowledge and skills to others.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to…
We’ll sort through what is myth, what is fact, and what just feels good when it comes to G-Spot and prostate pleasure, stimulation, and orgasm.
Every body has a butt and this class will provide all of the tools and information to facilitate pleasurable anal play for butts of every variety.
Finding the right harness and dildo combination can be tricky, but we’re here to help you figure out what gear will work best for you and how to use it!
Pegging, or using a strap-on to penetrate a partner anally, has pleasurable potential for any partner dynamic. This class will help you navigate the gear necessary for pegging, safety skills, and techniques to try.
We’re often asked to help folks “spice things up,” which can mean a lot of things depending on who’s asking! This class is just the beginning; it will teach some basic skills, techniques, and activities for folks to add something a little new and different to their sexual lives.
Sex positivity and consent are ideas that seem simple enough, but we know from experience that applying these ideas to real life can be quite complex. This workshop explores the nuances in both, the connection of the two, and some simple strategies for applying sex positivity and explicit, affirmative consent to the gray areas of real life scenarios.
There are a variety of ways to make all kinds of sexual activities safer, including explicit, affirmative consent. We’ll go over barrier methods, lubricants, sex toy safety, and compatibility of all of these elements and sexual activities, along with consent, to help educate and create safer sexual experiences.
Lube seems pretty simple - it's all just slippery stuff, right? Perhaps you've learned about the different basic types of lube as well. But the science of lubricant goes way beyond choosing water-based, silicone, or oil.
We know that personal lubricants have the ability to increase sexual pleasure, stamina, sensitivity, and relieve symptoms of sexual dysfunction. But many popular lubes can actually be harmful to the body’s mucous membranes, can increase susceptibility to STIs and cause infection, irritation, or allergic reactions, and lack appropriate testing and regulation. If that seems scary, don't worry! This workshop is designed to help you sort through the details and acquire the latest, most thoroughly researched information about lube, as it pertains to consumers, manufacturers and medical professionals.
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Smitten Kitten has developed this class to meet the needs of folks who have gone through cancer treatments, like radiation and/or chemotherapy. These treatments, along with many other factors, can change sexual function, genital health, arousal, and desire. We’ve worked with many educators and oncologists to provide education and the tools necessary to understand how cancer, and cancer treatments, impact sexual function, and how to move forward toward sexual wellness and pleasure.
Menopausal and postmenopausal bodies often experience changes in sexual function, desire, and pleasure, but it’s important to remember that change can be good! This workshop will go over many potential changes associated with menopause and how folks experiencing these changes can maintain genital health, continence, and increase pleasure.
Globally, over 1 million people contract an STI daily, 500 million people yearly seek care for curable STIs, and in the U.S. roughly 16% of people are living with genital herpes; it’s obvious STIs are common, require adequate acknowledgment, and call for better STI education. But what about those of us living, permanently or temporarily, with an STI? This workshop focuses on the needs of STI positive folks, from education, healthcare, safer sex practices, and counseling, to destigmatization and support.
This workshop explores the importance of developing an intentionally inclusive vocabulary, offering practical tips and tales from the trade of speaking inclusively in sex education. Inclusive language has been shown to be a key element in creating the safe, welcoming spaces necessary for facilitating sex education or therapy. Through years of providing sex education to a diverse population at The Smitten Kitten, we've learned how validating, refreshing, and empowering the intentional use of inclusive language can be for all identities.