Steph Auteri is a journalist who has written about sexuality education for the Atlantic, the Washington Post, VICE, Rewire.News, and elsewhere. Her site, Guerrilla Sex Ed, is an online resource for those seeking out alternative sources of sex education because traditional, school-based sex ed has failed them.
I've been a journalist for about 20 years now and, in the past seven years, have shifted my focus to sexuality education. It's a topic I've become increasingly passionate about, and I've attempted to use my journalism work and my personal writing in order to raise awareness about the importance of increased access to comprehensive sexuality education. Just several months ago, eager to do more, I launched Guerrilla Sex Ed. It's an online resource for those seeking out alternative sources of sex education because traditional, school-based sex ed has failed them. On the site, I share info on advocacy organizations and educational resources, and I spotlight the work of brilliant educators. As the site grows, I will also provide information for those who want to advocate for better sexuality education within their school districts but don’t know where to begin.
As a writer, I suppose my expertise lies in *spreading the message* that comprehensive sexuality education for ALL is essential. I also sometimes collaborate with sexuality professionals, helping them with their books, academic papers, blog posts, and more. So for those who don't count writing among their strengths, I'm your gal! Plus, I have taught/coached about the business of freelance writing and am always available to demystify the publishing process for those who want to strike out with their own writing.
A beautiful and hilarious mixture of cultural essays and poignant personal stories, A Dirty Word shines a light on what it’s like to feel broken, only to realize that there is no right way to be sexual. From her earliest sexual experiences, Auteri felt there must be something wrong with her. As an adult, her career in sex writing was meant to be a type of shock therapy–a way to fix her “sexual dysfunction.” But her career, exciting as it was, could not provide a roadmap through her struggles with a low libido, painful sex, fertility problems, negative self-image, marriage woes, and the aftermath of sexual assault.