O*Diaries is all about freedom. Freedom of thought; freedom of fantasies*. In short: sex positivity. O*Diaries is the democratisation of sex through information, opinion, inspiration and, of course, fun. O*Diaries is for everyone: man, woman, intersex. Whether straight, gay, bisexual or pansexual. O*Diaries speaks to human beings.
*As long as they do no harm.
In the name of journalism, I’ve been tied up at Shibari Japanese rope bondage classes, visited porn cinemas and met my match at a pheromone dating party. I’ve sat with directors on porn sets, observed girl-on-girl sensual massages and watched a dominatrix spank a client in an upmarket London hotel room (she even ordered us room service halfway through). Although my career writing about sex and relationships has made something of a voyeur out of me, I’m mostly fascinated by the interconnection between sex, love and our unconscious behaviors. Our past profoundly influences our present and if we all finally began to recognize this fact, where would we be? Who would we be with?
Tom has written about pretty much everything from robots taking over the world to prisons in Bolivia. Now, he is turning his attention to the wonderful world of sex in all its guises. Through his writing, he aims to create an open-minded dialogue on topics such as sex positivity, sexual identity, and the ever-changing notion of masculinity.
Dr. Christopher Ryan Jones, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, sex therapist, and the host of the Confessions Of A Sex Therapist podcast. As an expert in human sexuality, he conducted a pioneering study on the relationship between gender identity, sexuality, and religion, which has been peer reviewed and published. He is often featured in various media outlets such as the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, GQ, and the Oprah Magazine. For more information visit www.clinicalsextherapist.com.
When I was a child I never understood why my friends’ parents would tear out the sexual education pages of BRAVO, the German teen magazine. Why didn’t we just talk about it? After all, sex concerns us all. That’s why I embarked on a career as a journalist 12 years ago. Here, I got to work closely with the Dr. Sommer team – a group of journalists answering questions about puberty and teenagers’ sexual concerns. Since then, I’ve been publishing content across a wide variety of German media. Having overseen the launch of media company Refinery29 in Germany as editor in chief, I now work as a freelance journalist and author, focusing on pieces about strong women, sexuality and body positivity. Through my work, I aim to challenge obsolete and outdated gender stereotypes and the discrimination of women.
Frieda worked as a freelance journalist for over 10 years: She used to write about Easter recipes and style icons, about human metabolism and Michelin-rated restaurants. In short: about everything, except for sex. And for a good reason. Frieda always considered herself to be an average sexual person for all those years. Until a breakup persuaded her to stop taking the pill, which she had been on for 14 years. It was then, at the age of 28, that she finally discovered her wonderful sexuality and found her true, unique and hungry libido. Ever since, she has not only practiced a new sexuality. She writes and speaks about it too. And has never been as fulfilled as she is today!
Gigi Engle is a sexologist, certified sex coach, and feminist author. She teaches about pleasure-based sex education, masturbation, and the magical wonders that are sex toys. Engle's work has appeared in many publications her articles have been shared over 50 million times. She also writes a popular advice column called Ask Gigi, and her first book, All The F*cking Mistakes: a guide to sex, love, and life, debuts in January 2020. She has a degree in both English and Journalism from Fordham University College at Lincoln Center. Engle is an original member of The Women of Sex Tech and a certified member the World Association of Sex Coaches.
A few years ago, Julia Heyne moved to Berlin. Not because of love, but to deal with love on a daily basis. She headed the erotic department at BILD.de for seven years and because that wasn't enough love, lust and passion, she wrote a book about online dating in 2016. Today she has renounced online dating, but continues to write for O*Diaries about the most beautiful minor matter in the world. In her spare time, she also enjoys unromantic things like mountaineering, reading and ghostwriting for various book projects.
Fitness trainer, blogger for Louise et Hélène, photographer and turtle-mum: Konstanze took many roles over the past years. Her believe: Life is a playground, where everyone can discover new things every day. Curiosity and drive compelled her to start writing. Through her work, she seeks to explore the role of cwomen in society: does it mean to be woman? What are the specific challenges? How can I enjoy my femininity in an honest way? And how do we keep the balance between body culture and body positivity? Konstanze is looking for the answers every day.
Nadia Bokody is a sex-positive journalist and media commentator with a passion for empowering women in their sexuality, relationships and mental health. She’s also a regular columnist for titles including HuffPost, Mamamia, Thought Cataloug, The Sun, News.com.au, The Washington Post and more, and a regular sexpert on TV and radio shows including Triple M’s The Grill Team and Channel 7’s The Morning Show. Her relatable, comedic sex-ed YouTube channel has exploded in growth, amassing over 110,000 subscribers in just three months. When she’s not talking about sex or trialing the latest and greatest adult toys, she can be found running global women’s website, SHESAID.com.
Nele studies "Intercultural Business Psychology" and combines this knowledge with the easy things in life. While fighting her way through dry topics like financing at university, at O*Diaries she dedicates herself to unusual sex positions, the latest trends and, of course, love. So she doesn't have to worry about her work-love-balance...
Tegwen is a full-time freelance writer and part-time podcast superfan. She works on projects in everything from tech to sexual politics – but secretly dreams of the day she’s asked to write a book about all of her Harry Potter conspiracy theories.
Chantelle Otten is the Director of the Australian Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, the largest private psycho-sexology practice in Australia. She consults from Collingwood and Cabrini Hospital, Malvern. A Melbourne local, Chantelle comes from a Dutch background. Having spent time living, studying, working and conducting scientific research in Holland, Chantelle has grown up with the European mindset that talking about sex, pleasure and relationships does not have to be shameful or taboo. She is currently a consultant for Bumble Australia, Lovehoney the Sexual Happiness People and Womanizer, and is currently writing a sex education book for adults.
Elena is a Spanish translator and lives in Berlin. Before she worked on the Spanish launch of O*Diaries, she translated a wide variety of content: from corporate communications to decoration ideas and tips for petsitters. In her free time she likes to discover new vegan recipes or go running in Berlin's parks.
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