NYSCI After Dark: Science of Sex


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The Science of Sex is back and just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Join us for a night of fun and science around a topic we’re all interested in. There will be a cash bar, free Valentine’s chocolates, and treats available all night.

This is a unique event full of innovative thinking, seeing products and learning the science you might want to consider when evaluating sexual health. It’s NYSCI’s Valentine to you!

Learn things you don’t know, ask questions you’ve always wanted to ask, and get tips and guidance for the talks you might need to have (sooner than you think!) with the young people in your life. NYSCI has organized workshops and demonstrations with sex educators, authors and inventors who are dedicated to public education and helping normalize and improve sexual health and experiences from puberty to pleasure.

Participants must be age 21 or older. $15 per person. (Members: $10 per person.)


Mini Workshops and Offerings

Gender Play: A Show and Tell With Laura Parker
Curious about gender play? We know gender and sexuality is more like clay than set in stone. Luckily, there are numerous options for playing around and experimenting. Join us for a hands-on exploration with an extensive gender expression toy box. This workshop will run twice during the evening.

Materials Matter: Real Talk From Chemical Engineer, Laura Parker
What’s the deal with materials? ABS, PVC, PS, PET, PEG, TPR? Get a quick guide to the polymer alphabet soup of sex toy materials and lube ingredients, as well the pros and cons of a few classics: stainless steel, glass, wood and ceramic. This workshop will run once.

Underrated Relationship Skills: Rejection & Guilt Resilience With Karen B. K. Chan
Does the possibility of rejection stop you from taking chances? Do you do things you don’t want to, out of guilt? Resilience in the face of rejection and guilt are essential to improving relationships and your happiness. Join us to find out how you get good at both! This workshop will run three times throughout the evening.

My Body Is My Gem: Menstrual Health Wellness With Vanessa Siverls, FoundHer & CEO of BUPeriod P.B.C.
This session is a 28 day journey in 20 minutes. Participants will share and discover best practices for menstrual health management and learn how to create a Period GPS Calendar that will not only track your cycles but encourage fun lifestyle activities, nutritious foods and goal setting throughout each of the four phases of the menstrual cycle. “be you. period. your body is your gem.” Materials will be provided to create your own Period GPS Calendar onsite at the bar, or in the comfort of your home. This workshop will run three times throughout the evening.

A Scientific Approach to Relationships With Marisa T. Cohen, Ph.D.
This talk will focus on the science of relationships, specifically how to find potential mates and what can lead relationships to their demise. Take home tips to connect this exciting field of research to your everyday life will be discussed.
This workshop will run three times throughout the evening.


Heat It Up!
It’s cold outside, but Maker Space will warm things up with a few of our favorite tools, the HEAT PRESS and GLUE GUN. Use hand cut vinyl shapes and patterns to create custom blindfolds and fabric cuffs, or cast a glue uterus. Studies have shown we have underwhelming knowledge of this part of our biology, and knowledge is also HOT!

The Science of Contraception With Sarah Cocuzzo
Get the scientific scoop on condoms, dental dams, IUDs and more! Stop by this hands-on station to explore a variety of contraception and STI prevention methods in an “ask-anything” environment.

Ask a Sex Educator with Babeland
Make pleasure your priority! Sex educators from Babeland, a fun and friendly sex toy shop in New York City, will be answering your questions about how to make the most of your sex life. From tips on communication, toys, kink, masturbation, partner play, and more, don’t be shy to learn a little something sexy!

About Our Presenters

Lisa, Brand Manager / Sex Educator @ Babeland; Nica, Store Manager / Sex Educator @ Babeland
Babeland was founded in 1993 in response to the lack of women-friendly sex shops in Seattle. The store offers top quality products, a pleasant place to shop, and most of all education and encouragement for adults looking to explore their sexuality. The store’s popularity led to three more stores in New York, plus a thriving and educational website.

BUPeriod P.B.C.
A lifestyle brand to empower women through menstrual health.

Karen B. K. Chan
Karen is an award-winning sex and emotional literacy educator in Toronto, Canada, with 20+ years of experience. Trained in creative facilitation, productive thinking, and non-violent communication, BK’s favorite ways to learn and teach are through stories, metaphors, diagrams and things that make people laugh. Above all, BK is dedicated to having difficult conversations that are real, transformative and kind.

Sarah Cocuzzo
Sarah is a sex educator and trainer who has worked in adolescent sexuality education in New York City for eight years.

Marisa T. Cohen, Ph.D.
Marisa is an associate professor of psychology, relationship scientist and coach. She is the cofounder of the Self-Awareness and Bonding Lab (SABL), a relationship science lab. Dr. Cohen’s main research interests are gender differences in dating and relationship behaviors, people’s perceptions of love and infidelity, and consensual non-monogamy. Dr. Cohen actively presents her research from the field at both local and regional conferences. In addition to her research, she enjoys giving guest lectures on the application of this science to everyday life. Dr. Cohen is the author of From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love, a book that relates relationship science research to everyday experiences and real relationship issues confronted by couples.

Laura Parker, Co-founder of New York Toy Collective
New York Toy Collective is an adult novelty company founded in 2012. Their goal is to create high quality toys and foster a sex positive culture. They specialize in self-affirming products for all forms of gender expression. They are the first and only company to use 3D scanning technology to allow consumers to create sex toys modeled after their own bodies. They can scan a penis (or any part) and turn it into a silicone toy. They only use premium platinum cured silicone. Their silicone toys are odorless, boilable and dishwasher safe. All their toys are hypoallergenic, non-toxic and free of phthalates.

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