Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I’m Sex Nerd Sandra. Who’s that? A sex geek teacher with a hardcore fetish for curiosity.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
When I’m not absorbing sex information, I’m pushing it back out into the world via fun videos, writing, and workshops.
More specifically, I blog for my site, SexNerdSandra.com, and the expanding empire of Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist.com. You can check out my growing number of videos at my SexNerdSandra youtube channel. I also teach and work at The Pleasure Chest in Los Angeles.
Right now I’m having a ton of fun working on the launch of the Sex Nerd Sandra Podcast presented by Nerdist Industries. Exciting!
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m an LA gal with a New York feel (apparently). I’ve been told there’s no way I could be from LA with my lack of bullshit. That always makes me laugh. As for sexuality, I started learning and teaching my friends about it in fourth grade and never stopped.
Where am I going? I’m aiming for the moon.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Oh, it changes. I don’t tend to idolize. Right now I’m finding inspiration from David Tennant’s portrayal of Doctor Who. He plays the part with such joie de vivre. Honest, authentic joy. He is unabashedly himself, bold and lovable. I find such inspiration from people who shine like that.
5: What book is your bible?
That’s easy! Guide to Getting it On by Paul Joannides. Whenever I get into a sex ed rut, I crack it open and read a little. It always levels me out and back into a sexy headspace. Everyone should own this book. Seriously. It’s too much fun.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I absolutely love learning more about the human body. Also, toys made by Fun Factory. Those Germans make great stuff (shoot me an email if you want to know more on the subject). And I just melt over a sharp sense of humor. Yum.
I deeply dislike decorative pillows. I’m talking the uncomfortable hard ones with scratchy beading. A pillow should be lovable, not full of hate.
When it comes to sex, I hate when people say, “Oh I don’t need to learn anything.” Generally that statement is lame.
7: What is your raison d’être?
In a nutshell, I’m driven to reduce shame and normalize sexual behaviors. That is to say, help people feel confident and empowered in their sexual interests. I’ve learned that most sexual behavior is quite normal when you come to understand it.
8: What is your favorite color?
Deep red is my default, but right now I’m really into rich, vibrant royal blues.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I was going to say Marmaduke, but then I thought of Doctor Xavier. I know, I know, not super flashy, but the man is compassion personified. He is driven by such high moral standards and uses his phenomenal abilities to lead and empower others. He’s got my vote.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Oh man, that little speakeasy, PDT in the East Village. I love secret hideaways and this little bar fits the bill. A phone booth as an entry portal? Love.
11: What turns you on?
Thickly rimmed glasses on a kind face. It’s my Achilles heel. I act cool about it but inside I’m all, “Yes please!” Oh, and excellently designed sex toys and well-written sex advice.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
“Since you’re called Sex Nerd Sandra, what are you nerding-out about right now?”
Sandra Daugherty is a passionate sex educator based in Los Angeles. Her irreverent humor and quirky love for details has given rise to her moniker, Sex Nerd Sandra.
Often, Sandra is asked, “Why sex education?” to which she shrugs, “I can’t help it.” Since the first time 9-year-old little Sandra told a friend how babies were made (with anatomically-sound understanding), she’s had a lifelong love affair with this adorable aspect of the human condition.
She has been seen on, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” and the pilot episode of “The Wanda Sykes Show.” She has also lent a voice to both Playboy and Spice Radio.
Sandra believes human sexuality should be a distinct intellectual field of study as it is an undeniably essential aspect of our lives. And she, for one is happy, quite happy, to study it.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Christy Daugherty
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Sandra Daugherty, 2011, Photography by Christy Daugherty