Educators profile: Andre Shakti

Andre Shakti is a journalist, educator, producer, activist, and professional slut devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de­stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. She wrestles mediocre white men into submission and writes intersectionally about sex work, queerness, consent politics and non­monogamy for Cosmopolitan, Harlot, MEL, Thrillist, and more. She can frequently be found marathoning Law & Order: SVU under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is.
@andreshakti (Twitter) (NSFW)

Education and Work

Andre graduated cum laude from Towson University in Maryland with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and LGBT Studies in 2010. She worked in HIV risk assessment, harm reduction education, and community activism in Baltimore from 2008­2011, studied at San Francisco State University’s National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC) in 2010, and graduated from San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI)’s Sex Educator Training in Fall 2013. She’s held educator and sales associate positions at sex­positive adult boutiques Sugar (Baltimore, MD) and Feelmore510 (Oakland, CA), and is one of the founders of Atlanta’s Sex Down South Conference in Atlanta, GA. She writes a bi­monthly polyamorous advice column and is currently working on an anthology of short autobiographical stories about her experiences in the sex industry.

Andre is available to speak as a panelist or lecturer on her experiences as an adult performer,  sex worker, queer cisgender woman, non­monogamous relationship expert, and accomplished member of the Kink/BDSM community. She is also available to facilitate a number of panels or workshops at your next conference or event, no matter how big or small, and can tailor those to accommodate any audience. Want a unique educational experience NOT listed on her teaching letter? Just ask!

Andre has taught classes, moderated panels, and filmed instructional clips for Dark Odyssey, Catalyst Con, Sugar, The Garden, PassionateU, Kink Academy, Feelmore510, Towson University, Kink University, University of Maryland, UC Berkeley, The Feminist Porn Conference,  international Ms Leather, Sex Down South, and many more.

Classes at Naughty

Fisting & Manual Sex (Beginner/Intermediate Vaginal Fisting, G­Spotting, & Fingering):
iscover why one hand is better than none, and two hands are better than one! Manual sex aficionado Andre Shakti is ready to knuckle up and show you how to experiment safely with the best sex toys we come equipped with: our fingers! In this class we’ll cover internal and external anatomy, negotiation and communication, as well as a multitude of variations and techniques. You’ll never look at hands the same way again!

Savvy Strap­On Seduction (Strap­On Sex 101):
Harnesses and dildos are sold to women who fuck women, men who fuck men, women who fuck men, men who fuck women and not to mention transgender folks of all orientations and expressions. People strap it on for a variety of reasons, some of which are: because it feels good, because playing with power dynamics is sexy, for double penetration, for variety in gender expression, for variety in cock size, shape, and color possibilities, because it looks hot, to have a permanent hard­on, and because watching your partner bob their head up and down on your cock is pretty awesome no matter what sex organs you were born with!
Andre Shakti is the queen of cock confidence, and whether you’re a strap­on novice or a longtime aficionado, she’s ready to up your erotic ante!

Groping and Grappling (Intro to Fetish Wrestling):
Were you a little TOO interested in WWE specials as a child? Do you now find yourself fixated by sweaty, writhing bodies at the gym, secretly hoping thighs of steel will suddenly materialize around your neck? Perhaps you're turned on by playing with power dynamics, and are looking for a new way to exchange that switchy energy with a partner? In any event, fetish wrestling may be the kink you're looking for! Join sensual grappling aficionado Andre Shakti as she teaches you the basics of getting hot and heavy on a wrestling mat. You'll learn how to keep yourself and your partner safe, acquire a handful of both offensive and defensive technical skills, and get introduced to a number of sexy, competitive "games" to incorporate into the fun!

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