Let's face it--most of us got really shitty education when it came to sex. Parents weren't exactly thrilled to talk about it with their kids (if they even decided to) and schools more often than not preached about abstinence and then threw a condom at you, which means that many of us either turned to our friends (who were just as sexually illiterate) or the Internet (yikes!) for sexual education.
And how did that turn out? LOL
In my opinion, one of the main reasons we're experiencing so many issues surrounding anything sex-related, is because we got the runaround on true sexual education. Luckily, things are changing.
In addition to making the sexual conversations more welcome these days, various resources have been created to help us navigate through this often-tricky world of fornication, and one of those tools is Juicebox.
Juicebox is an iOS app that pairs you with professional sex and relationship coaches from a network of certified and vetted experts for a shame-free, one-on-one experience. With an easy (and anonymous) messaging platform and scalable technology, Juicebox is making sex and relationship coaching affordable and accessible to everyone. Early users have worked with coaches on issues from dealing with erectile dysfunction to how to ask women out.
Founder Brianna Rader explains that her lack of sexual education is what initially sprung her into creating Juicebox.
"I grew up in Tennessee where there was only abstinence-based sex education. I had to confront a lack of information and openness on these topics from a young age, and I began formally working in the sex education space while in college," she tells me.
"I hired professionals to provide workshops at my university. Since I was the organizer, I attended every workshop, and they honestly changed my life. They gave me the tools I needed to discuss sex with my partner and made me a bolder, more confident person who knows what they want and how to get it, in relationships and the bedroom. This also affects my overall happiness and confidence outside of my personal life. I know it sounds cheesy, but knowledge is empowering, and I’ve had better one-night stands, dates, and relationships because of these professionals. I want everyone to have access to the expertise I had."
Rader hopes that Juicebox--which is extremely inclusive, offering help to all genders and sexual orientations on issues like online dating, finding meaningful connections, erectile issues and intimacy after assault--will "help people have fulfilling, amazing sex and relationships. Sexual wellness is a basic human need, and there are so few resources out there that combine both physical pleasure and emotional and mental needs.
"Dating, sex, and relationships shouldn’t have to be learned through trial and error, which leads to some pretty awful, fucked up, or at the very least unpleasant experiences. Juicebox provides folks the expertise, support, and skill set to have satisfying and fulfilling sex lives and relationships. Just like people work on improving their fitness, nutrition, and sleep, people can access expertise to improve their sex lives. Your sex life can always be better."
Ain't that the truth.
And this isn't limited to just single people trying to navigate through the harsh world of dating. "Our users have chatted with a coach about issues ranging from tackling difficult conversations with a partner to introducing kink in their relationship to orgasms and safe sex practices, all in one ongoing conversation," Rader explains.
"Discussing our desires and pleasure shouldn’t feel taboo," she adds.
"Let’s eliminate the female orgasm gap. Let’s eliminate issues around consent and communication. Let’s help people feel confident and 'normal.' Let’s teach men how to be better lovers. Let’s help more online daters find what they’re looking for."
Are you intrigued?
Now, here's the best part--Juicebox is offering a special discount to The Problem With Dating readers!
If you enter TPWD when you sign up for the app, you'll get 60 percent off your first week! That means your first week is only $10 for a personalized dating and sex coach that will always reply within 24 hours.
Shitty relationships and horrible sex are so 2017, amirite?