Erica Van Kuppeveld (she/her pronouns)
Erica (she/her), is a certified sexual health educator and the founder of SEXPLETIVE. SEXPLETIVE is an inclusive hub for information about sexual health, sex-positive community events, and sustainable pleasure products! Erica has completed graduate schooling in sexual health, worked and volunteered at a number of sexual health community organizations making her experience very extensive. Erica is currently employed in the adult toy industry at the Traveling Tickle Trunk in Edmonton and is a board member for the Alberta Society of the Promotion of Sexual Health. Erica loves to make space for open and honest conversations around sex and pleasure and is looking forward to chatting with you at SIXPO! She is based in Edmonton, Alberta.
Erica’s offerings at this year’s SIXPO are:
❖ Monday, April 4th, 2023 from 1:00pm-3:00pm “Sex Ed Redo” (online)
Erica has given SIXPO permission to use her Sex-ed Re-do workshop as our festival opener. It is also available online here. Dive into this free course which takes you through the history of abstinence- only sex-ed, discusses the importance of factual, comprehensive sexuality education, and debunks myths you may have heard in your purity focused education. Complete with additional readings, videos, reflection prompts, and optional activities, this workshop aims to help you unlearn sex-negative messages you may have received in your formal education.
❖ Wednesday, April 12th, 2023 from 6:30pm-7:30pm The History of Sex Toys (online)
Even though we may not want to admit it, It is likely that sex toys have been around as long as humans have been using tools! From a 30,000 year-old stone dildo to the vibrating toys of today, join Erica to learn about the inventions and milestones in the sex toy industry that have shaped how we view pleasure today. Did you know that a \ Black,disabled man invented the silicone dildo? Did you know that there are toys that can connect to an app and can track your orgasm data? All of this and more, in the History of Sex Toys.
❖ Friday, April 21st, 2023 from 3:00pm-4:30pm “Sex Toys and Accessibility” (in person)
Sex toys today can thrust, rotate, pulse, stroke, heat-up, make sounds, connect to apps, track data, and more - but are they accessible? Join Erica to discuss what accessibility in the sex toy industry should look like. Erica will discuss different types of sex toys that may work well with different access needs and the gaps that still need to be addressed in the industry. This presentation can serve as a great introduction for those who want to participate in Erica’s hands-on workshop: “Mould your Dream Sex Toy”.
❖ Friday, April 21st, 2023 from 5:00pm-6:30pm “Mould Your Dream Sex Toy” (in person)
Have you ever wished you could design the perfect sex toy for your needs and preferences? This hands-on workshop will allow you the opportunity to do so! Join Erica to chat about the different design elements of sex toys from handle length, button position, material, functions,colors, and more and then have the opportunity to create your very own model out of air dry clay. The sky's the limit with this workshop! A local sex toy manufacturer will be in attendance to gather information from your designs to inspire more accessible sex toys. Erica’s workshop, “Sex Toys and Accessibility”, can be a good introduction before participating in this workshop, but it is not required. During this workshop, Erica will discuss all the things you need to know before designing your dream sex toy(s). Please note that although Erica offers some workshops where participants can create a functional sex toy with clay, that this workshop utilizes different clay and the art you make is not safe for intimate use. The sex toys designed in this workshop are for modeling use only.
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