Rachel Hills is hosting interactive talks and workshops across North America to change the way we think about sex. Since publishing The Sex Myth in 2015, Rachel is on a mission to help young people understand and question the hold sex has on our identities.
All “Break The Sex Myth” events are designed to get audiences thinking critically about sexuality, and to create an open, non-judgmental environment for lively discussion. You will also be provided with free buttons and copies of the book to spark further conversation amongst your organization, classroom, or community. Participants will leave feeling more at peace with their own sexuality, and ready to move our culture beyond the Sex Myth.
“The room was so thick with conversation that the hour and a half run time was over before any of us had realized.”
Olivia Poulin, Northeastern University, Class of 2018
“Our students’ responses said it all. They felt respected, safe and free to share and explore issues very close to their hearts.”
Dr. Margaret Musgrove, Director, Loyola University Maryland Women’s Center
“I found myself engaged, excited, and understood in a discussion that I had previously not been a part of. … [M]ost conversations I observed about sex, sex positivity, and our sexual climate have been extremely opinionated. I felt vulnerable and didn’t want to share my opinions (because I didn’t even know what they were yet) in fear that I might be targeted for being wrong. Rachel’s workshop provided a safe environment for me to explore these ideas. I am so happy that I attended because now I can be an empowered and informed participant in conversations about the Sex Myth..”
Hanne Larsen, Northeastern University, Class of 2017
“Our members are always looking for opportunities to engage in dynamic conversations with remarkable women. Our winter reading and discussion with Rachel was exactly that, and she kept our members talking in the weeks following. Rachel’s book presents the opportunity to have a frank discussion about topics we don’t get to examine often, and she creates an atmosphere of openness with the attendees that encourages dialogue and exploration.”
Women’s Information Network of New York City
“Rachel Hills paints a portrait of sex that defies assumptions about prudishness, promiscuity, and ‘what is normal.’ … Our faculty, staff, and students were challenged to thinking differently about the relationship between sex and feminism.”
Dr Ane Turner Johnson, Women’s & Gender Studies coordinator, Rowan University
“Rachel Hills’ workshop really opens your mind in regards to sex in society.”
Aesha Curtis, Farmingdale State University, Class of 2016
Our Events & Workshops
Rachel Hills Breaks #TheSexMyth
Great for: Public lectures and keynotes; gender studies, sociology, and psychology classes; larger groups.
Rachel Hills started writing about sex because she wanted to make sense of all the fears, the insecurities, and uncertainties when it came to sex and relationships that plagued not just her, but so many other young adults. In this honest, down-to-earth talk, she shares the experiences that led her to write The Sex Myth, what she learned from the 200+ people she interviewed while writing the book, and how we can develop a model of sexual liberation that benefits not just the individual, but society as whole.
Let’s Talk About The Sex Myth
Great for: Student clubs; highly interactive; intimate and in-depth discussion.
Our flagship workshop gives participants of all genders, races, and sexual orientations a space to talk about the issues that matter to them most when it comes to sexuality, introducing the idea of sex as a political act that is regulated through society, culture, and everyday interaction. Participants are invited to think about the rules they perceive when it comes to sex, sharing their thoughts anonymously on post-it notes before moving into an open group discussion.
Busting Sexual Stereotypes
Great for: General student interest; larger groups; interactive discussion.
This talk uses popular culture to get participants thinking critically about the stories they hear about sex, covering gendered representations of sexuality, heteronormativity and LGBT issues, representations of “good sex,” and the idea that your value lies in your sexual desirability. Audiences are encouraged to think about the stories that have shaped their sense of sexual self and identity, and share their reflections with their peers.
Hooking Up: The Truth About Sex On Campus
Great for: General student interest; freshman wellness and orientation; larger groups; interactive discussion.
Sexual health isn’t just about preventing pregnancy and STIs: it’s about creating a sex and relationships life that works for you. But with so many conflicting ideas about what’s sexually “healthy,” figuring out what you want and how to advocate for it is easier said than done. In this interactive event, The Sex Myth author Rachel Hills leads a discussion interrogating what we’re told we should be doing when it comes to sex, and how to create the sex lives we actually want.
Sexual Freedom For Everyone: Understanding Sex Positivity
Great for: Keynotes; sex nerds; gender studies, sociology, and psychology classes; larger groups.
“Sex positivity” is a buzz-phrase on campuses and online, but what does it mean? And how can we practice it in a way that caters to all people, not just the straight, the conventionally sexy, and the sexually active? This talk helps participants challenge their preconceived ideas of what it means to be sexually “free,” and how to be a better ally to people with different orientations, values, or experiences.
How to Fuck Like a Feminist
Great for: Small groups; interactive; intimate and in-depth discussion.
What does a “sexually empowered” woman do in bed? Whatever she damn well wants! This workshop casts a spotlight on the unique expectations placed on women, with a particular focus on the “pure virgin” and the modern “liberated” woman. Participants will examine how these figures have shaped their beliefs, and how they can move beyond those stereotypes to achieve a sexuality that is authentic to their circumstances and desires.