Scarleteen Executive Director, Heather Corinna: Curriculum Vitae

business address: c/o Scarleteen, 5315 N. Clark St, #126, Chicago, IL 60640
mobile: by direct request only email: h.corinnaATscarleteenDOTcom
dob: April 18, 1970, Chicago, Illinois

employment history

1998 – present: Founder, Executive Director, Author and Educator

• founded original sex education website and organization for young people; serves 20 - 30K in daily, international users
• answers reproductive health, sexuality and relationship questions; initiates and moderates community and one-on-one discussions
• refers users to local, national and international services
• reviews and compiles young adult-specific sexuality research; authors and edits sexual health content
• assesses specifics of the population to best serve demonstrated needs
• trains and manages staff and volunteers
• speaks to media and the community about teen and young adult sexuality and sexual health issues
• creates and implements site design; project management
• administered/directed CONNECT, King County teen outreach program, inherited from Cedar River Clinics in Fall, 2010 through 2018

2007 – 2010 Educator, Counselor and Director of Teen Outreach
CONNECT, Cedar River Clinics/Feminist Women’s Health Center, Seattle

• provided contraception, sexual health and sexuality education, advocacy and counseling to young women through abortion/sexual health clinics and teen homeless shelters /community centers
• wrote, edited and distributed print reproductive health information
• advised clinical and executive staff about young adult needs
• participated in fundraising and public relations
• provided abortion, contraception and pregnancy options counseling
• managed clinic website

1996 – 1999 Co- Teacher & Substitute Teacher, 3-6 classrooms by direct request only, Evanston, Illinois
1992 – 1996 Alternative 2-6 classroom Educator and Director by direct request only, Chicago, Illinois
1991 Assistant Teacher, Elementary classroom
by direct request only, Northbrook, Illinois
1989 - 1991 Arts educator, developmentally disabled adults and teens
by direct request only, Deerfield, Illinois

education 1997 – 1999 Midwest Montessori Teacher Training; Evanston, Illinois
1989 – 1992 Shimer College; Waukegan, Illinois; Humanities Major, focus on sexuality in literature and sociology
1986 – 1988 Chicago Academy for the Arts; Chicago, Illinois; Music and creative writing major, graduate with honors

additional training 2009 Teen Talking Circles, Facilitator Training
2008 Cedar River Clinics, pregnancy options counseling training


The Steinem-Waters Award
The Golden Brick Award
Woodhull Foundation Vicki Award: Affirming Sexual Freedom as a Fundamental Human Right
Joan Helmich Educator of the Year
The Seattle Web Awards: Best Nonprofit Website (Scarleteen), Best Twitter Feed (Scarleteen)
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Women’s Health Heroes Award
The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Western Region: Public Service Award
National Sexuality Resource Center/San Francisco State University: Champions of Sexual Literacy Award, Grassroots Activism


2010 - 2012 NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Foundation Board
2009 – 2013 American Journal of Sexuality Education, Editorial Board

presentations, workshops & lectures (not current)

2013 Keynote Speaker, Don't Fear the Router, National Sex Education Conference, New Jersey
Lead Presenter, Abstinence Support Talk, Pacific Lutheran University
Lead presenter and speaker, Healthy Relationships and Consent, Oregon Episcopalian School Panelist, Feminism in New Media, Forging Justice conference, Detroit
Human Sexuality Teacher (Fall-Winter), Tacoma REACH/Goodwill GED prep program
Co-organizer and Lead Presenter, Sex Education Week, Puget Sound Community School

2012 Lead presenter, A Workshop to Support Children and Young People in Healthy Sexualities, Chicago
Speaker, 20 Questions with Heather Corinna, Chicago Women's Health Center, Chicago
Panelist, Pills, Profits & Pleasures: Sexual Health & Pharmaceuticals, Good Vibrations Sex Summit, San Francisco
Lead presenter/trainer, Pleasure-Based Sexual Anatomy and Physiology, Sexual Health Scholars Program
Speaker, Pleasure and Consent, The Women's Center of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma
Keynote Speaker, Take Back the Night, The University of Puget Sound, Tacoma
Keynote Speaker, Using Online and Mobile Technologies to Reach and Teach Young People, Teenwise Minnesota Annual Conference
Presenter, Pregnancy Prevention and Sexual Health Education for LGBTQ Youth, Teenwise Minnesota Annual Conference
Trainer, It's Your Future Project, Staff Workshop, Minneapolis
Co-Presenter, Youth Sexualization, Youth Sexuality: How to Identify and Counter Sexualization While Supporting Healthy Sexual Development and Sexual Expression, ISIS Sex::Tech 2012, San Francisco
Panelist, xoxosms: authentic relationships & online identities, a film & panel, ISIS Sex::Tech 2012, San Francisco
Co-presenter, A Conversation with Jaclyn Friedman and Heather Corinna, Elliott Bay Books, Seattle

2011 Lead presenter/trainer, Pleasure-Based Sexual Anatomy and Physiology, Sexual Health Scholars Program
Trainer, Providing Sexuality Information and Support to Homeless Youth, Spruce Street SCRC staff, Seattle, Washington
Lead presenter, Queer Youth Sex Education Q&A, BelongTo, Dublin, Ireland
Keynote Speaker, Sex, Health, Media, London, UK
Co-presenter/trainer, Wiring Sex Ed: Using Online Technologies to Provide Sexual Health and Sexuality Services to Youth and Adults (full-day workshop), AASECT, San Diego
Moderator, I’m an Online Peer Educator, sex::tech, San Francisco
Co-presenter, Including Marginalized Youth Online: Gender, Disability, and Social Justice, sex::tech, San Francisco
Lead presenter, 21st Century Reproductive Justice Activism, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Youth Summit

2010 Lead presenter/trainer, Pleasure-Based Sexual Anatomy and Physiology, Sexual Health Scholars Program
Lead presenter, What Is Feminist Sex Ed?, 10 of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Sexual Self (discussion), Sex Ed for the Real World: Putting Pleasure Back on the Map; consultant for Gender & Sexuality Center staff and peer educators; Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
Trainer, What is Sexual Health? SFSU/National Sexuality Research Center Summer Institute, San Francisco
Trainer, Determining and Addressing Sexual Problems, SFSU/National Sexuality Research Center Summer Institute, San Francisco
Lead presenter, How to Be a Sex-Positive Parent, Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco
Lead presenter, I’m a Feminist Sex Educator, sex::tech, San Francisco
Co-presenter, Connecting the Dots: Fine Tuning Prevention Message Delivery, sex::tech, San Francisco

2009 Panelist, Hookup Culture, Campus Outreach Services, Harvard College
Co-presenter, And Now, Everything Else: All Sex Ed Can Offer Beyond Mere Risk Management, sex::tech, San Francisco
Lead presenter, Anarchist Sex Ed, sex::tech, San Francisco
Trainer, Contraception training for hotline staff, WithinReach/Take Charge, Seattle
Lead presenter, On Innovation and Inclusivity in Sex Education, National Sexuality Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
Co-presenter, Using Online Technologies for Organizing & Activism, NARAL Youth Leadership Summit, Seattle
Lead presenter, Intergenerational Women’s Sexuality Workshop, Early to Bed, Chicago
Lead presenter/trainer, Pleasure-Based Sexual Anatomy, Sexual Health Scholars Program

2008 Co-presenter, Be The Media You Wish To See and Art as Activism, NARAL Youth Leadership Summit, Seattle

2007 Co-Plenary speaker (with Deb Levine), Talking Publicly with Young People about their Sex Lives: a New Media Approach, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Western Region
Co-organizer and presenter, Garfield High School Sex & Relationship Summit sexual anatomy, sexual orientation, sexual abuse), Seattle
Lead presenter, Talking to Teens About Sex: Babeland, Seattle; The Center for Sex & Culture, San Francisco
DIY Erotica Workshop, Camas Collective Books, Victoria, B.C.
GLBTQ Pre-Prom Sex Ed, District 202, Minneapolis
Lead presenter, Teen Sexuality Roundtable: Women & Children First, Chicago; Early to Bed, Chicago; Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, Minneapolis; Sex Ed Resources, Victoria, B.C.

2003 Keynote Speaker, BECAUSE conference, Minneapolis

2001 Panelist, Independent Media/Sex on the Web, Webzine 2001, New York
1999 Co-presenter, Freedom of Speech and censorship of Sexual Literature, Illinois Library Association
Panelist, Women & Sex on the Web, Good Vibrations, San Francisco

books & academic journals

2021 Author, What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities and You (HachetteGo!)
2021 Foreword, Pussypedia, by Zoe Mendelson and María Conejo (HachetteGo!)
2019 Author, with Isabella Rotman (and colored by Luke Howard) Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies and Growing Up (Limerence Press)
2017 Author, Second Edition, S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties (HachetteGo!)

2016 Co-author, with s.e.smith and other contributors, Rebel Well: A Stater Guide to a Trumped America (via Scarleteen)
2012 The Morning After the Morning After, Issues that Concern You: Birth Control (Cengage Learning)
2011 Condoms do not protect fully against some STDs, Sexually transmitted diseases, Opposing Viewpoints series (Greenhaven Press)
Contributing writer and editor, Our Bodies, Ourselves (Touchstone)
2010 Contributor, "I, Being Born Woman and Suppressed," Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal Foreword author, College Sex: Philosophers with Benefits, ed. Fritz Allhoff, (Wiley Press)
2008 Contributor, "An Immodest Proposal," Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, ed. Jaclyn Friedman, Jessica Valenti (Seal Press)
"I Think I Might be Bisexual, But I Really Do Not Want to Be," Contemporary Issues Companion: Teens and Sex, vol. 1
2006 Author, S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College (DaCapo Press)
2003 Contributor, "Closer to God," The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Volume 2, ed. Maxim Jakubowski (Mammoth Books)
2002 Contributor, "Swell," Shameless: Women's Intimate Erotica, ed. Hanne Blank (Seal Press)
Foreword author, Giggling Into the Pillow by Chris Bridges (Writers Club Press)
2001 Contributor, "Madchen in Uniform," Zaftig: Well Rounded Erotica, ed. Hanne Blank (Cleis Press)
Contributor, "Little Deaths," The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, ed. Maxim Jakubowski (Mammoth Books)
2000 Contributor, "Gliuccioni and the River God," Aqua Erotica, ed. Mary Anne Mohanraj (Three Rivers Press)
Contributor, "Restoration," Viscera, ed. Cara Bruce (Venus or Vixen)
1999 Contributor, "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman," The Adventure of Food: True Stories of Eating Everything, ed. Richard Sterling (Travelers' Tales Guides)

print & online articles (partial list, not current)

1998 – present Columnist, "Sexpert Advice,"
2007 - 2013 Columnist, "Get Real!," RH Reality Check 1999 – 2001 Columnist, "Biosphere,"
1998 - 2000 Columnist, "Ask a Feminist,"
2013 You're Not Pregnant. Why Do You Think You Are?, Scarleteen
Self-care: A La Carte!, Scarleteen
Left Foot, Red, Right Hand, Green: The Deal on Sex Positions, Scarleteen
Consent (and other social conundrums) When Clubbing, Scarleteen
How Do I Let Go of Feeling Sexually Unattractive?, Scarleteen
Can I Get Pregnant, or Get or Pass On an STI From That?, Scarleteen
Getting Through a Breakup Without Actually Breaking, Scarleteen
Obtaining Abortion When You Need Funding and a Judicial Bypass, Scarleteen
Will I get pregnant if I only take my birth control pills after sex?, Scarleteen
This Way, Not That Way: Avoiding One of the Most Common Condom Oops, Scarleteen
After Contraception or Commitment, Why You Still Gotta Rock Safer Sex, Scarleteen
How can I stick to the promise I've made to myself to wait?, Scarleteen
2012 Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Scarleteen
The Rainbow Connection: Orientation for Everyone, Scarleteen
Risky Business: Learning to Consider Risk and Make Sound Sexual Choices, Scarleteen
When Sex "Just Happened" (And How to Make It Happen Instead), Scarleteen
The Simple and Underrated Art of Washing Your Hands, Scarleteen
The 2012 Scarleteen U.S. Presidental Election Voting Guide, Scarleteen
2011 You, Them and a U-Haul: Considering Cohabitation, Scarleteen
Sexuality: WTF Is It, Anyway?, Scarleteen
The Scarleteen Do-It, Scarleteen
Whoa, There! How to Slow Down When You're Moving Too Fast, Scarleteen
Sorting Maybe from Can't-Be: Reality Checking Partnered Sex Wants & Ideals, Scarleteen
Please Stop Calling Rape Sex, Scarleteen
Your Right to Be Lousy in Bed (After All, No One Has to Have Sex with You), Scarleteen
He (mostly) seems nice online: should I meet him in person?, Scarleteen
His Religious Beliefs Are No Condoms, But I Need Them. What Do I Do?, Scarleteen
2010 Guest Expert/Columnist: Ladysex, The Stranger/Questionland
Pigs Flew and I am Really Bummed I Missed It, Abortion Gang
Help teens have sex without pregnancy, Guardian (UK)
Myths about the "love hormone" oxytocin that could ruin your love life,
So... About that Video, RH Reality Check
What's the Typical Use-Effectiveness Rate of Abstinence?, RH Reality Check
Who's Calling Who Compulsive? Calling Out a Common Rape Survivor Stereotype, Scarleteen
Q is for Questioning, Scarleteen
Hello, Sailor! How to Build, Board and Navigate a Healthy Relationship, Scarleteen
What Safer Sex Isn't, Scarleteen
What's Sex?, Scarleteen
Yes, No, Maybe So: A Sexual Inventory Stocklist (with CJ Turett), Scarleteen
Does Your Relationship Need a Checkup?, Scarleteen
2009 Love the Glove: Ten Great Reasons to Use Condoms You Might Not Have Heard Yet, Scarleteen/ RH Reality Check
How to (Un)pack for a Real Conversation About Abortion, RH Reality Check/Abortion Gang
"Repeat" Abortion Rate Among Teens, Young Adults Increases in United Kingdom: What Can Be Done?, RH Reality Check
Dr Tiller's death won't stop us, Guardian (UK)
Sex education can stop abuse, Guardian (UK)
With Pleasure: A View of Whole Sexual Anatomy for Every Body, Scarleteen
Let's Get Metaphysical: The Etiquette of Entry (with CJ Turett), Scarleteen
What We've Lost & Why We Stay, Scarleteen
Boys Do Cry: How To Deal With a Breakup Like a Man, Scarleteen
Preventing Teen Pregnancy: Three Words Most Likely to Make My Blood Boil, Scarleteen
Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Symptom Freakout's Soul, Scarleteen
One ring to rule them all, Scarleteen
Be a Blabbermouth! The Whats, Whys and Hows of Talking About Sex With a Partner, Scarleteen
2008 How Easy It Isn't, RH Reality Check/Yes Means Yes
The Complex Sexualities of Young Women, Alternet
Exposed: American Pregnancy Association Hides Links to CPCs, RH Reality Check
Liberty: The Body Electric, RH Reality Check
All About Abortion, Scarleteen
Supermodel: Creating & Nurturing Your Own Best Relationship Models, Scarleteen
Full-Spectrum Choice, Scarleteen
Genderpalooza! A Sex & Gender Primer, Scarleteen
Meet Your Prostate!, Scarleteen
Birth Control Bingo, Scarleteen
Give'em Some Lip: Labia That Clearly Ain't Minor, Scarleteen
What Would Maria Do? One Sex Educator's Ever-Evolving Manifesto, Scarleteen
Blinders Off:Getting a Good Look at Abuse and Assault, Scarleteen
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method, Scarleteen
2007 Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Harm, Not Help, Scarleteen/RH Reality Check
Positively Informed: An HIV/AIDS Roundup, Scarleteen
How You Guys -- that's right, you GUYS -- Can Prevent Rape, Scarleteen
10 common Myths, Misunderstandings and Big Ol' Lies About Emergency Contraception, Scarleteen
Vagzilla! (Or, All Genitals Great and Small), Scarleteen
Teen Pregnancy Rates Up in the U.S.: 10 Likely Reasons Why That Aren't Just About Sex Ed, Scarleteen
2006 Chlamydia’s Hidden Toll, Issues Magazine (AU)
2005 Not Everything You Wanted To Know About Puberty (But Pretty Darn Close), Scarleteen
From OW! to WOW! Demystifying Painful Intercourse, Scarleteen
2003 Swell, Penthouse Magazine
10 of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Sexual Self (at Any Age), Scarleteen
HPV & Herpes: Why Safer Sex Isn't Always Safe Enough, Scarleteen
2002 Safer Sex...for Your Heart, Scarleteen/ National Women's Health Network
The Bees and the Bees: A Homosexuality and Bisexuality Primer, Scarleteen
Sexual Negotiation for the Long Haul, Scarleteen/Digs Magazine
Honorably Discharged: A Guide to Vaginal Secretions, Scarleteen
Is Masturbation Okay? (Yep.), Scarleteen
2001 A Calm View from the Eye of the Storm: Hysteria, Youth and Sexuality (with Hanne Blank), Scarleteen/ Scarlet Letters
On the Rag: A Guide to Menstruation, Scarleteen
Don't Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out, Scarleteen
Magical Cups & Bloody Brides: Virginity in Context, Scarleteen
Safe, Sound & Sexy: A Safer Sex How-To, Scarleteen
Condom Basics: A User's Manual, Scarleteen
2000 Ready or Not? The Scarleteen Sex Readiness Checklist, Scarleteen
1999 Bad Vibes: Women Shalt Not Pleasure in Alabama, Maxi Magazine
Innies & Outies: The Vagina, Clitoris, Uterus and More, Scarleteen

radio, news, film & podcast appearances (partial list)

How to Lose Your Virginity (film)
KBCS, Voices of Diversity
KOOP, Issues for Your Tissues
CHQR Radio
Fucking While Feminist (podcast)
KOMO-4, Seattle
88.9, Listen Up!
VoiceAmerica Network, Jaiya Radio
Your Time with Kim Iverson
Sex, Love, and Intimacy (podcast)
RealityCast (podcast)
Audiosmut, Sex Positive Radio (podcast)
The Gloria Brame Show (podcast)

interviews, media quotes & media mentions (partial list, see more current list here)

2013 How the NCAA Endangers Women, The Atlantic
Am I Ready For Sex?: 7 Things To Think About, Her Campus
Dental Dams Aren’t A Joke: Why And How To Use Them For Safe Cunnilingus & Analingus, Blisstree
Savage Love 2012 6 Reasons Why Your Period Might Be Weird, Blisstree
Future of Feminism: Sex Education As a Human Right, Ms. Magazine
Finding Your Kid's Porn,
Sex Summit Interview Series: Heather Corinna, Good Vibrations blog
2011 Is Age Really Just a Number?,
Why Are Conservatives Obsessed With the Sex Lives of College Kids?, AlterNet
Badass-Activist Friday presents: HEATHER CORINNA, of Scarleteen, Where is Your Line?
Heather Corinna Goes Beyond "The Sex Talk," Ms. Magazine Blog
2010 Stud Versus Slut, City on a Hill press
6 Reasons to Have Casual Sex, Alternet
Sex in America: Is No Change Good or Bad?, AOL Politics Daily
Unhappy With Your Birth Control? 10 Methods You May Want to Try, AlterNet
Indie Music Groups Share Sex Positivity, On the Issues
Getting Down About Hooking Up, Ms. Magazine
Interview: Heather Corinna of Scarleteen, Feministe
A Q&A with Heather Corinna, GirlDrive
What's your sexual IQ? Chicago's rising infection rates cause for alarm, Chicago RedEye
Heather Corinna Doesn’t Eat Man Soup, Midwest Teen Sex Show
The Feministing Five: Heather Corinna, Feministing
2009 Young, Fast and Totally Confused, Salon
Sex ed for teens leaves LGBTQ out of the discussion, Medill Reports
Exit Strategy, The American Prospect
The new pornographers, Salon
I love you, man. But, dude, so not in a gay way, The Globe and Mail
2008 Plastic Surgery Below the Belt, TIME Magazine
37 Powerful Campaigns for Human Rights Awareness, TrendHunter
Sexual Healing, City on a Hill Press
Taking Sex Ed to School: Young people get real about the birds and the bees, Utne Reader
Revolutionize. Liberate. Celebrate. An interview with a S.E.X.pert, Paperdolls Magazine
The Shame in a Name: Addressing a public health crisis, normalizing a social reality, The Weekly Dig
Silenced in a Sex Obsessed Culture, RH Reality Check/ Alternet
Sex ed is lacking, but which programs are at fault?, Medill Reports
2007 Everything you need to know about S.E.X., Monday Magazine
On Scarleteen, Sex Education, What's Being Written and What Isn't, The Center for New Words
16 days against gender violence,
S.E.X. talk: Heather Corinna provides accurate information for teens, Minnesota Women's Press
21st Century S.E.X. Ed, Wiretap Magazine/Alternet/The Nation
The Birds, the Bees and the Book, Chicago RedEye
Everything teens wanted to know about sex ... is at Scarleteen, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
2006 Family planning’s now in the beads, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
2005 Sex Ed on the Web, MSNBC
2003 The Erotic Intelligentsia, The Utne Reader
Lesbian Wiccans Save America, San Francisco Gate
2002 Using a mouse to learn about the birds and the bees, Chicago Tribune
2000 Blow Jobs and Other Boring Stuff, Salon
You Must Be 18 to Enter, CNN/The Industry Standard
1999 Women and Children First!, City Pages
Interview With Heather Corinna, Boston Phoenix Erosphere
Teen Sex Ed Sites, Hip Mama
Interview With Heather Corinna, Playboy Online
Scarlet Letters: Women Rewrite the Erotic, Women Writers


ACLU Plaintiff, ACLU Vs. Gonzales (Child Online Protection Act)
Co-founder, Editor, Scarletletters (1998 – 2003)