NYSCI After Dark: Science of Sex


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

Come out to NYSCI for a night of mini-workshops and fun, based on a topic that many of us enjoy talking about, but few of us have had any formal or decent sex education.

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 20-minute workshops and demonstrations with sex educators, authors and inventors who make their livings educating and making sexual health and experiences safer, better and normal.

There will be a cash bar, free Valentine’s chocolates and treats available all night.

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

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Mini Workshops and Offerings

Demystifying Birth Control and Safer Sex with Adjoa Sankofia Tetteh
Does birth control really trick your body into thinking it’s pregnant? What’s the difference between the hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs? How do dental dams work? Why is lube my best friend? What’s the deal with PrEP? Come along for the ride as sexuality educator Adjoa Sankofia Tetteh answers these questions and more as we delve into the sexy science of the latest birth control and safer sex methods! This workshop will run three times throughout the evening.

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

Gender Play
A Show and Tell with Chelsea Downs and Laura Parker, Cofounders of New York Toy Collective: Curious about gender play? We know gender and sexuality are more like clay than set in stone. Luckily, there are numerous options for playing and experimenting. Join us for a hands-on exploration of New York Toy Collective’s extensive gender expression toy box. This workshop will run twice.

The Science of Pleasure and Rejection with Karen B. K. Chan, Sex & Emotional Literacy Educator
More pleasure and less rejection—that’s at the core of why many people seek sex therapy. What do the two experiences have in common? They both happen in the brain, and both have everything to do with how you make meaning. Join Karen for a series of thought-provoking questions so you can grow deeper into your pleasure and more resilient against rejection. This is a two-part session that will cycle through 20-minute sessions of anonymous live polling, alternating between the two topics.

Sex Toy 101 with Babeland
Learn about the science and technology behind Babeland’s favorite toys, along with helpful tips and information about consent and pleasure for play by yourself or with others. This workshop will run three times.

Sex Ed Haute Glue Bling with NYSCI’s Maker Space
Make your own unique blinking wearable that will leave your friends asking, “What is that and where can I get one?” Made from a few simple materials (hot glue, batteries, LED lights and silicone ice cube trays) this is a ​quick​ walk-up project that’s​ a lot of fun and​ sure to make an impression. Maker Space will also be ​3D ​printing the clitor​​us ​as a parting gift.

Planned Parenthood of NYC Action Fund Activist Council members will be on site with information about how to get involved with Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), info about sexual and reproductive health services at PPNYC, and free safer sex kits.



Adjoa Sankofia Tetteh combines her work as a sexuality, breastfeeding and social justice educator with over 12 years of passionate advocacy for sexual/reproductive health, rights and justice. She rages against the machine for justice, equity and well-being from an individual to a global level, and her work has taken her from the halls of legislative buildings on Capitol Hill to the busy streets of Mumbai, India. As an educator and activist, she has had the pleasure of partnering with Planned Parenthood of NYC Action Fund, Sierra Club, Community Healthcare Network, Baruch College, CAI, and the NY Coalition for Reproductive Justice, among others.

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.

Karen B. K. Chan is a sex and emotional literacy educator from Toronto, Canada. She is dedicated to having conversations about sexuality that are real, transformative and kind. Her favorite ways of teaching include stories, metaphors and things that make people laugh.

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 any part and turn it into a silicone toy. They only use premium platinum cured silicone, and the silicone toys are odorless, boilable and dishwasher safe. All of their toys are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and free of phthalates.

For 100 years, Planned Parenthood of New York City has been a beacon of hope for the thousands of individuals and families who rely on them for essential reproductive health care, innovative educational programs, and effective advocacy.

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