"Everything Therese said is so important for the NYU community to hear, but especially for our WYSE mentors as we navigate the sex ed world with our middle school girls. Her passion for what she does is so obvious, and we feel lucky that we got to share in that with her!”
– WYSE NYU, New York University
“The teen peer sex educators from the TORCH Program were grateful to have the opportunity to screen the film with Therese and discuss their reactions with her afterwards. It was eye-opening for them to see the parallels Therese makes in the film between the historical context of virginity to some of the current cultural practices we accept as the norm!”
–TORCH, NARAL Pro-Choice New York
"RISD students loved hearing from an artist who understands the power of being an image-maker and uses that power to bring insight to significant social issues."
— Rhode Island School of Design
Current Screenings and Workshops
With her signature first-person style, Therese fosters engaging and open conversations about sexuality, using virginity myths to connect the dots on topics including slut-shaming, toxic masculinity, purity culture and sexual assault.
Previous events hosted by: MIT, RISD, Penn State, Yale, Duke, Harvard, NYU, Ohio University, Eastern Washington University, University of the South, Planned Parenthood and The Center for Sex and Culture among many others.
How To Lose Your Virginity:
67-minute film with post-film discussion (moderated Q&A with director, or panel format)
I Was A Teenage Feminist:
62-minute film with post-film discussion (moderated Q&A with director, or panel format)
LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
These events can be presented in time slots of 20-90 minutes. Ask us about tailoring the length and content for your group.
"How To Lose Your Virginity (Myths): A new conversation on female sexuality"
Does the hymen matter? Is the penis magical? Does virginity have anything to do with sex? Take an eye-opening journey to examine the mythology, meaning and misogyny of this so-called precious gift. We'll talk about how virginity has been viewed through history–and how that has influenced everything from how we talk about female desire to sexual assault, slut-shaming and queer first-time narratives. This presentation includes clips from the documentary How To Lose Your Virginity.
"Pussy Grabs Back: Feminist humor as political protest in the 2016 presidential campaign"
Remember all the gross anti-woman language hurled around by the President-Elect and his supporters? Then remember how some very funny feminists took all that crap, weaponized it with humor, and turned it into fierce political activism?
My new talk looks at the role of humor in political protest including the campaigns Pussy Grabs Back which spread and delightfully mutated, the fierce video See You Next Tuesday, and the lesser known but sublime Vagenda of Manocide. The feminist pushback was inspiring and will resonate in the political protests that will be vital in the rough years to come.
"Writing Your Sexual History (even if you don't think you have one)"
Based on the personal storytelling of our interactive The V-Card Diaries project, this guided workshop allows participants to consider their first sexual milestones in a new way. After comparing society's definition of virginity loss to our lived experience of first important milestones, we break into smaller groups for discussion and a personal writing exercise. All storytelling is anonymous, and the workshop is also appropriate for participants with no sexual experience.
The Last Sexual Taboo Is Not Doing It"
In our sexualized world, pop culture is rife with narrow stereotypes about virgins as religious fanatics and nerdy losers, but reality is far more diverse and surprising. We’ll go past the stigma keeps many ‘older’ virgins in the closet and commit the radical act of speaking honestly about our sex lives. We'll also look at how 'everyone is doing but you' messaging sells everything from makeup to masculinity. This presentation includes clips from the documentary How To Lose Your Virginity.
“Therese helped us dispel notions about virginity and challenged us to think about our beliefs in an interesting and inclusive way."
–Harvard Sex Week
“Having Therese visit my Human Sexuality class was a great experience for my students, and her perspective gave a depth to the conversation that I never would have been able to provide on my own."
LaGuardia Community College
“I learned so much and felt validated in many of my private feelings. What a gift that is!"
— Karen, Audience member