Amy Jo Goddard, M.A. has dedicated her life’s endeavors to helping people explore and improve their sexual lives by feeling empowered, and to making this a more playful and sex-positive world. A professional educator, workshop facilitator, and corporate trainer, Amy Jo utilizes her writing, performance and media work to promote feminist sex-positivity and an end to harmful gender roles.
She is a contributing author of All About Sex: A Family Resource Guide on Sex and Sexuality, and co-authored Lesbian Sex Secrets for Men. In 2007, her article “Staging Activism,” about queer performance artists and activism, was published in the Social Justice Journal. She has produced plays such as Vulvalution: Her Lips Speak (1999) andHoneyToes Makes A Scene (2004, 2005) in downtown New York City venues. She also developed, researched, wrote and performed over 60 web stream episodes on women’s sexuality as the host of CherryBomb.com’s, "Fresh Advice” and maintains a private sex coaching practice in New York City.
An out queer faculty member at the City University of New York, Amy Jo has taught courses relating to sexuality at CUNY and at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She teaches medical and nursing students how to perform breast and pelvic exams at most of New York City’s major medical institutions, including Columbia University, Cornell University and New York University. She is director, producer and co-writer of a forthcoming documentary film about this unique work, entitled At Your Cervix. The film is dedicated to making all pelvic exams respectful and pain-free.
Her most recent education/empowerment work is her Women’s Sexuality Empowerment Apprenticeship, a program she developed and launched in New York City in 2010, in which she works intensively with women to help them explore, heal, develop and celebrate their own sexuality and sexual potential, and to transform their sexual selves.
Teaching with humor, passion and clarity, Amy Jo’s workshop participants are constantly impressed with the open, non-judgmental environments she creates and the ease with which people can open up about difficult or personal topics. Because of these qualities and her wide-range of experience, she appeals to young feminists, as well as to mixed heterosexual and LGBT audiences.
Amy Jo speaks about feminism, sexuality and gender to communities, conferences, colleges and universities across the continent. She has recently appeared at Vassar College, Barnard College, Princeton University, NYU, Fordham University, Marymount Manhattan College, and the University of Rochester. Amy Jo enjoys both intimate classroom discussions and large campus-wide events such as Sex Week, V-Day, Women’s History Month, Health and Wellness fairs, and LGBT Pride Month.
- She is currently touring these interactive, informative, and fun lectures and workshops:
- Critical Beginnings: How Sex-Negative, Anti-Feminist Culture Sets Us Up for Violence (Lecture)
- Hook-Ups, Booty Calls, Crushes and New Sex Partners: How to Navigate Sex on Campus (Lecture)
- Rewrite the Sexual Script: Envisioning Truly Empowered Sexuality (Lecture)
- The Magical Maps of Female Orgasm & Pleasure (Workshop)
- Body Freedom! (Workshop)
- This is What Sexually Empowered Looks Like! (Workshop)
- Saying Yes, Saying No: How to Create Solid and Healthy Sexual Boundaries (Workshop)
- My Vagina’s Monologue (Workshop)
- We’re Not Confused or Sitting on Fences: The Real Deal on Bisexuality (Workshop)
- Viva la Vulvalution! (Workshop)
- Radical GYN: Taking Your Sexual and Reproductive Health into Your Own Hands (Workshop)
- Unstick Your Sensual Self: Ignite Pleasure and Desire (Workshop)
- Girls’ Night Out: Hot, Safe Lesbian Sex (A workshop for female-identified people)