Hello, I’m Amory Jane! I am a sex educator, comedic storyteller, event producer (Whoopee! A Sex-Positive Variety Show), and host of the podcast Sex on the Brain with Amory Jane. I am also the Education Coordinator at She Bop in Portland, Oregon.
I have always been fascinated by sex, and have been the person people go to with their sex questions, even when I was young. I’d be minding my own business on the playground and kids would come up and ask me for answers their parents weren’t giving them (this was before the internet, of course). My peers were drawn to me because, even though I was shy, I read a lot of encyclopedias and adult books and lived in a sex-positive household. That was rare for that time and place (the 90s in a small town in the Midwest), and people were thirsty for information.
I went to college in the early to mid 2000s, where I studied psychology and gender, and was convinced I wanted to be a counselor. In 2006, I moved to Portland and started graduate school soon after that with the goal of getting my Masters in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling and eventually being a sex therapist. During my internship though, I discovered that being a family counselor was really emotionally draining for a tenderhearted and empathic person like me. What I ended up enjoying most about my job was helping people work through shame and educating them about sex, consent, and relationships. So, even though I was afraid of looking like a failure for quitting the world of therapy before I even really began, I stopped being a therapist and started working at a progressive sex toy boutique called She Bop. I began as a retail associate and sex toy maven, but started developing workshops and teaching classes within my first year there. It’s now been seven years since I taught my first professional sex ed workshop (The Joys of Toys) and, I know this sounds cliché, but since then I’ve never looked back. Teaching and talking about sex is where I belong.
My passion is consent-based, pleasure-positive sex education and entertainment. I love being a permission giver and catalyst for exploration. I love helping people feel empowered and grow in their sexuality and confidence. I do everything I do with authenticity, vulnerability, and an open and humorous teaching style. This is because I don’t want sex education and growth to be a source of major anxiety or stress – I want it to be fun!
Further, while I am happy there are other sex ed professionals offering things like $2500 in-depth Tantric retreats and all-inclusive swingers parties in paradise, my sex ed style is all about reaching curious regular (albeit open-minded) folks. It’s sex ed for the people.
Since becoming a professional sex educator in 2011, I have spoken on numerous panels about sex and sexuality, hosted many sex-positive events and fundraisers, won Best in Show at HUMP! Film Festival, been the guest star on multiple podcasts, started a live sex-positive variety show, and have taught hundreds of workshops around the country about ethical non-monogamy, consent, oral sex, anal play, BDSM, sex toys, and more. I love human sexuality and the work I do, and I love sharing everything I’ve learned in an entertaining and accessible way.