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Shameless Sex


May 18, 2021

Why is masturbation important? How can it change your life for the better? And what are some of the ways people can bring more self-pleasure into their lives? August shares her own personal journey as well as plenty of tips and applicable life hacks for ways you can have great sex with yourself. 

Want to skip to the interview? Fast forward to minute 17. 

About our guest: August McLaughlin is a nationally recognized health and sexuality writer, media personality and host and producer of the podcast, Girl Boner Radio, which offers a spicy blend of personal stories, in-depth reporting and inspiration. Reviewers have called the show “Sex in the City meets NPR” and the “Fresh Air of Sex” and the show frequents Apple Podcasts’ top 100 sexuality chart.

August’s work as an advocate for sexual empowerment and gender parity led her to the TEDx stage and to attend the 2016 United State of Women summit as a nominated change maker. Her articles have appeared in a range of notable publications, including Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post and DAME Magazine. August is also a trauma-informed certified sex educator with a passion for myth-busting and normalizing stigmatized topics.

Publishers Weekly called her book, Girl Boner: The Good Girl’s Guide to Sexual Empowerment (Amberjack Publishing, 2018) “equally fun, risqué, and informative” and “a welcome addition to sexual health literature.” The New York Times called it “terrifically encouraging” and “a thorough primer on everything from sex toys to bondage to ‘no means no.” Her workbook, Girl Boner Journal: A Guided Journal to Sexual Joy and Empowerment (Amberjack Publishing, 2019), is full of true stories and writing prompts for deepening sexual self-discovery. 

August’s forthcoming book, With Pleasure: Managing Trauma Triggers for More Vibrant Sex and Relationships, cowritten by sex therapist, Jamila Dawson, LMFT, will be released by Chicago Review Press in the fall of 2021. Known for melding personal passion, artistry and activism, August uses her skills to lift others’ voices, debunk damaging myths, and encourage folks to embrace their bodies, sexuality and selves, making way for richer, more authentic lives. To learn more visit girlboner.org

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