Vino & Vulvas® Spotlight

Pizza & Power

Heather Edwards Talks with
Al Vernacchio (The Baseball/Pizza Guy!!)
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Check out Al Vernacchio's TED talks and
then join us for the live discussion. 

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It's not "just sex", it's JUST Sex!

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Sexuality Education: Hearts & Minds

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What's Your Sexual Footprint?

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Sex Needs a New Metaphor... Here's one.

Heather Edwards talks to Al Vernacchio about his groundbreaking "Sex ed should be like ordering a pizza... not baseball" model of sex education and how power and privilege affect the ability of one to claim what they want... even with ordering pizza.

If you've been to many live Vino & Vulvas events, you'll know that this model is one Heather OFTEN uses to discuss consent from the stage and so it is beyond thrilling to get to talk to the man to did the TED talk that introduced this concept to the world. 

We discuss topics such as:
  • The essential parts of sex education
  • Talking to teenagers about intersectionality, patriarchy, and racism
  • How the pizza model for sex education came into existence
  • How to see the levels of privilege that we exist in, especially when we've been mostly blind to them
  • How this model of sex ed fits beautifully into kink and BDSM. 
  • So much other good stuff!
The mission of Vino & Vulvas® is to invite community between cross-disciplinary sexual health providers and the public, and to create conversation that encompasses the depth of inclusive human sexuality.
Meet the expert!

Al Vernacchio

Al Vernacchio teaches at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, PA. He is the N-12 Sexuality Education Coordinator and also a member of the Upper School English department. In his work as Sexuality Education Coordinator, Al teaches classes, organizes sexuality-themed programs and student assemblies, provides parent education on human sexuality topics, and is one of the faculty advisors for the Gender and Sexual Orientation Alliance (GSoA).

A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 25 years, Al has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country. His work has been featured in “Teaching Good Sex”, a November 20, 2011 cover story in The New York Times Magazine. Al has given four TED Talks, and has appeared on national programs such as NPR’s “Morning Edition”, “1A”, and “Radio Times”. He is the author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Young People About Sexuality, Values, and Health published by Harper Wave, a division of HarperCollins.

Al earned his BA in Theology from St. Joseph's University and his MSEd in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers (ASET). A native Philadelphian, Al and his husband Michael live in the Germantown section of the city.
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Meet the Host!

Heather Edwards, PT, Sex Counselor & Educator, Founder of Vino & Vulvas® (she/they)

Heather Edwards, PT, MPT has been a pelvic physical therapist for 17 years and is an AASECT certified Sexuality Counselor as well as a Sex Educator. They achieved their dual certificate at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. They founded Vino & Vulvas in 2015 and it quickly became their favorite thing to do. They have presented at APTA and AASECT conferences and teaches for Pelvic Guru Academy on the topic of Trans-Inclusive Sexual & Pelvic Health. In addition to education and clinical work, Heather is an artist and illustrator of the coloring book series "Coloring Books for the Crotch Enthusiast". To connect with Heather, email 
Patrick Jones - Course author

What's included?

  • 60 minute discussion

Who is this for?

Vino & Vulvas is always open to all genders, ages (18+), orientations, and races. We strive to be as legitimately inclusive as possible. Know that when you come to V&V, we’re trying hard to avoid heteronormative, cis-normative, white supremacist, sex-negative, patriarchal bullshit. 

About Vino & Vulvas®

We provide an open space for talking about challenging topics that are often taboo. We meet in a public venue to get out of the shadows and create an open community where all of us (women, men, genderqueer, trans, gay, straight, bisexual, experienced, newbies, kinky, vanilla, young, mature, all races etc.) can laugh and learn more about our sexual selves. We can start to bridge the gap between sexual healing practices, medical sexual health, and sex therapy. It's sure to be an exciting journey. Get comfy and and enjoy some edgy, inclusive, and informative conversation.
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