Every Wednesday, The CSPH highlights a Sexuality Professional you should keep your eye on. Their backgrounds are very diverse in order to bring attention to the wide variety of amazing people working in the field. This week we bring you Sinnamon Love!
1. What do you do in the field of sexuality?
I am a retired adult film star, fetish model and Dominatrix. Currently, I work as a sex and relationship columnist for TheWellVersed.com and a radio show host at DTFRadio.com. I am a frequent contributor on sex, relationships and kink on various hip hop and adult based websites.
2. Where are you based out of?
I live in Brooklyn, NY.
3. What is your focus? What do you do?
My focus is bringing sex positive conversations to a black and brown communities, a much underserved area. I utilize my notoriety in the adult industry to bring well known Hip Hop artists onto both my live audience and radio shows to foster conversations about important topics that affect the community. My belief is in order to improve sex education in schools, we first have to re-educate parents who also received a sexual miseducation. By bringing in artists to have serious conversations on sex and relationships, I feel I am able to spark conversations many may not have had opportunities to have previously.
4. What are your particular goals and passions in the field?
Improving sex education in schools for all young people and to create a mandatory curriculum in public schools for developmentally disabled youth, including kids with Autism/ Aspergers is one of my sincere passions and long term goals. It has come to my attention, through personal experience, that these youth are extremely underserved. Traditional sex ed is taught with the assumption that all young people are neurotypical and understand basic social norms. Children and teens with Autism do not process data or have the same psychological growth and neurotypical kids and have to be taught differently. Developmentally disabled youth have a 90% chance of sexual abuse, and therefore deserve a proper sex education to protect and encourage healthy sexual development.
5. Why did you choose to work in this field?
I began working in the adult industry as a practitioner and performer in the early 1990’s while attending college. After 17 years both in front and behind the camera in varied roles created a natural transition to writing and lecturing about sex, sex work and pornography. Being a mother of 3 young adults ranging from high school to college, all raised while working in the industry, has allowed me a different view on raising sex positive children many lack. My no nonsense approach to teaching comes from my own frustrations over appropriate sex education in schools for both my neurotypical children and my Autistic child. Understanding the social stigma facing sex workers in working directly with children, I chose instead to work to re-educate parents who also likely received a poor sex education both in their families, communities and schools.
6. Where did you go for school/training?
I attended University of Southern California and received a Bachelor’s in Nursing there. I am looking forward to returning to school this fall to work towards a second Bachelor’s in Psychology as I precursor to Masters and PHD work.
7. Do you have any literature out (websites, articles)?
Yes! My website, SinnamonLove.com features links to most of my articles on TheWellVersed.com, my appearances on HuffingtonpostLive.com & my PassionateU.com lectures. GuernicaMag.com recently ran an excerpt from my article in The Feminist Porn Book. My writing can also be read in 50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey (Smart Pop Books,) and Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing about Life, Love, Money and Sex (Soft Skull Press.) One of my favorite interviews can also be found in Confessions of 100 Hottest Porn Stars (Quiver Books)
8. What would you recommend to future professionals attempting to get into the field?
Finding something they are truly passionate about and finding the best way to affect change is the best way to pursue a career in this field. Knowing it won’t be profitable right away, and doing it for the love of the work is perhaps the best advice I can give.
9. What is the most challenging aspect for you working in this career?
Working from home, staying true to self-imposed deadlines and balancing work, family and love is the most challenging aspect of my career for me.
10. One must read-what would you recommend? Why?
The very first book I ever read on open relationships, The Ethical Slut, actually helped me develop positive communication skills in various types of relationships, open or not. I think everyone should read it, at least once.
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