Episode 4: Clitaurus Chronicles
In this episode, I interview the brilliant Breona Mendoza, a queer Seattle therapist, sex therapist, sex educator, and author. We discuss her delightful book, “Clitaurus Chronicles” (llustrated by Danny Tayara) in which we follow the adventures of Clitty as she navigates a maze of characters, assumptions, and expectations in search of the sensations that are just right for her. The adorable illustrations from artist Danny Tayara bring the book to life, and the highly approachable writing style makes it a gentle guide to sexploration for a wide range of readers. Along with Clitty’s story, the book teaches us about consent and gives us guidance on how to have those difficult conversations with our partners about what feels best for our bodies. We also learn more about what sex therapy is and hear about a wonderful set of sex education resources for those wanting to learn more.
- “Clitaurus Chronicles” by Breona Mendoza and Danny Tayara (book) - product page at Papeachu Press where you can preview the content and order a copy of the book.
- colorful-therapy.com - Breona’s website.
- Breona’s sex education resources - Additional Clitaurus Chronicles material and other sex education resources on Breona’s website.
- @clitauruschronicles - Clitty’s instagram account.
- AASECT - American association of sexuality educators, counselors, and therapists, providing training, community and visibility to promote the understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.
- AASECT directory of sex therapists - directory of AASECT certified educators, counselors, and therapists for education, counseling, and therapy purposes.
- Psychology Today directory of therapists - a list of mental health professional indexed by location and specialty.
- Ingersoll Gender Center - one of the oldest organizations by and for transgender and gender nonconforming communities in the United States that provides mutual support through peer led support groups, advocacy in navigating resources, community organizing, and education.
- GALAP (the Gender Affirming Letter Access Project) - an organization of independent clinicians committed to providing gender affirming care that writes letters of support for trans folks needing them for surgeries.
- Shelterwood - a therapy group in Seattle with the mission to cultivate whole-person healing for collective well-being.
- Papaya Project - sex education materials, workshops, and resources for talking to parents/kids about sex.
- Papaya Project Events, including Sex Trivia
- Papeachu Press - the publisher of “Clitaurus Chronicles.”
- Fruit Bowl podcast episode with Breona
- Danny Tayara’s portfolio - the illustrator for Clitaurus Chronicles.
- Real Queer Youth - a program for teaching filmmaking to young queer folx.
- Camp Ten Trees - a wonderful camp for queer and trans youth.
- Erin Zingre - an artist behind “Lisa Stank” and creator of the “Ling” character in the book.
- “Come as You Are” by Emily Nagoski (book) - an exploration of sexual pleasure for people with vulvas.
- “Magnificent Sex” by Peggy Kleinplatz (book) - an ethnographic study on optimal sexual experiences.
- HUMP film festival - an indie porn film festival for every body.
- Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF) - an art festival exploring and celebrating sex, sexuality, and eroticism in its myriad forms.
- Shrimp Teeth - queer, polyamorous, and kinky educational resources; see also @shrimpteeth on instagram.
- The Dilemma of Desire (film) - a documentary discussing how the clitoris has been left out of sex education.
- Sophia Wallace - an artist who speaks regularly about misinformation in sex education.
Keywords - therapy; sex therapy; Clitaurus Chronicles; sex education; Breona Mendoza; Danny Tayara; consent; publishing