September is sexual health month
“Skin Anthology” Video Series Launch
Los Angeles – Seven years ago, mother, grandmother, and pole athlete/movement instructor Sharonette Briggs found herself stuck in a dead-end job and dealing with a devastating personal loss. In addition, her business partner, Thomas McKenna, was confronted with a cancer diagnosis that forced him to reconfigure his life in very basic and intimate terms. As a coping mechanism, McKenna started a daily writing routine using words to turn his anxiety and pain into power. He shared some of his stories with Briggs, and an idea to create a platform using art and writing as a healing diversion. Finding Erotica (FE) was born.
(Pictured: Sharonette Briggs / Photo Credit: Phillip Kemp Photography)
Initially just books and blogs, Finding Erotica has evolved into an educational platform that provides information, resources, and discussion regarding sexual wellness with a focus on mature adults. In alignment with Sexual Health Month, celebrated each year in September. Finding Erotica has announced the launch of “Skin Anthology,” a new video series that complements their portal.
Finding Erotica provides an expansive online presentation ranging from books and blogs to workshops and an online adult store. With “Skin Anthology,” the site presents a boudoir video series to explore self-discovery, sexual exploration, empowerment, and wellness. These subjects and more are deconstructed via artistic sexual expression and conversational reveals.
“We initially set out to create a space that provided the kind of support my business partner was searching for but couldn’t find. He was battling health issues that impacted his masculinity,” expressed Sharonette Briggs, co-founder of Finding Erotica. “He felt alone but he wasn’t. Thousands of men and women face health issues that hinder their sexuality. Finding Erotica had a vision to connect people with a mission of establishing an online community to discuss sexual issues, including those related to post-illness and post-injury intimacy. Our original community building blocks were books, blogs and audio. ‘Skin Anthology’ is our first foray into video, and we are very excited!”
“We believe that sexual health must go beyond outdated notions of sex and relationships,” adds Finding Erotica co-founder Thomas McKenna. “Data suggests that these notions are linked to high incidences of divorce, abuse, intolerance, and severed commitments. Finding Erotica promotes improved communication skills, open-mindedness to alternative points of view, and awareness of practices that help love flourish rather than limit forms of intimate expression. FE has been an encouraging resource for me personally as a prostate cancer survivor.”
For Finding Erotica, attempting to normalize diverse voices means confronting stereotypes that have kept those voices in the margins, and the experience has incurred genuine challenges. “People of color have been and still are hyper-sexualized,” notes Briggs. “One of the social media platforms that host our ‘Skin Anthology’ series shut us down recently, claiming that we violated their sex and nudity policy.” In an effort to get the site reinstated, Briggs and Mckenna investigated other boudoir videos on that same platform. “We found them to be far more explicit than ours,” McKenna said. “Their videos featured white subjects, ours featured people of color.” After three appeals detailing the discrepancy, Finding Erotica was reinstated.
“Skin Anthology” is an engaging series of short features released every Friday that explore sexuality as part of being human, regardless of age, gender identity, health status, or race. With the discovery and learning about the infinitely interesting depths of relationships, “Skin Anthology” tackles the uninhibited spectrum of passion, vitality, and imagination across contrasting lives. Highlights include moments when subjects share how they learned about sex, overcame shame, embraced taboos, and revealed details of their preferences, practices, and identities for the first time.