Lanae St. John, DHS, ACS, is board certified sexologist, sexuality educator, and writer. She received her Doctorate in Human Sexuality from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, where she focused on Child and Adolescent Sexuality. She develops curriculum, teaches classes, and works with clients to normalize conversations about sexuality between parents and children. She has taught at a variety of diverse places including community conferences, local universities, the Burning Man Festival, the Unitarian Universalist Church, the country’s leading program for sex and relationship coaches, local mother’s groups, as well as her alma mater IASHS. Her writing and sex expertise have been featured in various publications, websites, radio shows, and on YouTube.
She believes that we must help adults discover a positive outlook on sexuality before they can impart wisdom to the young people in their lives. By teaching parents to nurture the budding sexuality of their children in ways that foster self-respect and acceptance for the totality of their personhood, she helps them raise children who become empowered, beautiful, strong, sexually healthy adults. She often incorporates pop culture, current advertising, music, and movie references into her teachings.
Lanae is the proud mother of two daughters, aged 12 and 13, with whom she has plenty of practice honing her communication skills and developing techniques to talk about sex that work. She actively embodies her ideas about honesty with sensitivity, empowerment, freedom of expression, and body-positivity with her kids. She blogs about sex, parenting, relationships, and gender at TheMamasutra.net.