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Confessions of a Dildo Saleswoman: A Journey Toward Equality 

This is new. This has never been done before by a company like mine. This is a proud moment for Passion Parties, and for me personally.

My Passion Journey began in November 2009 when I attended a Passion Party for the first time. I had already done some research on the company and decided I would like to be a consultant, but I had some questions and reservations. My first words to my now-sponsor were, “Your Strapon sucks and your Double is completely unusable. When I become a consultant, how do I change that?” The look on her face was priceless. She wasn’t sure how to respond, though she recovered quickly and gave me confidence that I could, in fact, create that change.

As time went on, I made a few suggestions (that weren’t taken super seriously), my business grew, and I advanced in leadership to Executive Director – the highest leadership title in the company. In September 2012, I attended my first Passion Parties leadership conference. This conference would mark the beginning of a major shift.

Our CEO at the time was a phenomenal woman named Joanne Harvie. She’s currently President of Passion Parties Canada, and still heavily involved in the company. She stood up on stage and made a statement that got loud cheers. (This was actually the second time I heard the statement. The first was at an event called Passion Power held a couple of months prior in Kansas City.) Her statement indicated that we are a company focused on strengthening relationships, “no matter your sexual persuasion.” (In her defense, she’s Canadian. There’s a very different view on sexuality in Canada than there is in the United States. So, I don’t fault her.)

At many of our events, we use a Parking Lot system – Write your questions on a stickie note and put it on a board up at the front to be addressed after the session. So, of course, while the crowd was cheering, I wrote a Parking Lot stickie requesting that the CEO of the company refrain from using “persuasion” with regard to sexuality and that our company refrain from publicly using “persuasion.” It was addressed at the end of the session and the entire room was filled with confusion. Very few people understood why that one word was such a big deal.

So, I stood up. And got embarrassingly emotional. I made a point about how “persuasion” sounds as though someone could be persuaded in one direction or another, and encouraged anyone who didn’t understand how that’s impossible to discuss it with me individually. I made a point about representing a company that doesn’t represent me. I’m a consultant for a company focused on healthy sexuality and relationships, and yet my sexuality and relationship is nowhere in the catalog or other materials. I swelled with tears. I blubbered. And I’m sure I turned every shade of red imaginable. Here I was, a brand new leader, telling the CEO of our company that something is majorly wrong – in front of all the other leaders with vastly more experience than me. Then people started applauding and cheering. Not as many. Some didn’t get it. For many, though, a switch had been flipped.

Once the session ended, several people came up and thanked me for what I said and for having the courage to say it. I went up to my room to get ready for that evening’s dinner, and my phone rang. It was another consultant. She was sitting with Joanne at the bar. Joanne wanted to meet with me. Could I be down at the bar in 15 minutes?

Let me tell you, when the CEO of your company requests a meeting with you, you don’t say no.

I hurried to finish getting ready for dinner and rushed down to meet them. Joanne had an idea. Something she had been working on for awhile, and she wanted my help. It was a brochure called “Just For Her” and would cater to women outside of heteronormative relationships. We chatted. She asked me to submit an email to her with product suggestions. So I began some hardcore research.

I scoured the Internet for product reviews, found out what materials certain manufacturers use, asked questions of my friends and clientele, and I sent a very long list. I then began talking with a fabulous woman named Barb, who was newly hired to head up our product development. After several rounds of emails and phone calls, we had a brochure. The theme for that year was “It’s About” – “It’s About Passion,” “It’s About Love,” It’s About Summer,” etc. – so rather than being called “Just For Her,” it was called “It’s About Her” and it looked like this:

What a huge step in the right direction!

It got some backlash. Some people didn’t understand it and why it was important. And corporate didn’t provide any training on how to use it. So, I did a lot of guest spots on team calls to help. A few months passed. A new year began. We got a new theme: “Sexy Is” and a new  brochure: “Sexy Is Her.” It looked like this:

In between, I sent brochures to every lesbian and bisexual woman I could find and asked for feedback. I asked for suggestions at my parties. And based on that information, I continued to chat with Barb and I began visiting stores. I purchased a couple of items to take with me to our 2013 leadership conference in Minneapolis, in order to more accurately describe shapes, curves, angles, textures, and consistencies. My suggestions were taken and the products in “Sexy Is Her” were a little better. Improvements were happening. I was elated.

Then more confusion hit as corporate started discussing the brochure as “something for ALL women.”

Wait. What? Then what’s the point? And why do we have a full line catalog? What’s the difference?

Nobody knew how to use it. Corporate wasn’t helping. I couldn’t keep the field focused on this alone. Sales of the brochure declined. They stopped printing it. It was gone.

Then something happened. In August 2014, Joanne began to bring in a new management team, because, let’s face it, one woman can’t run an entire company on her own forever. She needed help. She hired Dan Murphy as President and he sent out a letter to the field of some of his ideas for focal points in the company’s growth. Among the list was the LGBTQ community.

Dan and his team got acclimated to their new positions. A couple of initiatives rolled out. And several of us top leaders were given the opportunity to be coached by Suzie, our new Vice President of Sales. We chatted. She helped me grow as a leader. And I brought up Dan’s letter and the fact that no mention of the LGBTQ community had been made since. I asked why. Initially, she met me with hesitation, but quickly understood the importance and took it to Dan. A short time later, he and I engaged in conversation on Facebook and I was asked to chat again with Barb. More products. More ideas. More improvement.

We have a contest called Passion In Paradise. Each year, corporate gives us the opportunity to earn an all-expense-paid trip for one or two. A luxury vacation. Free. This year, I earned the trip for two and had the joy of taking my partner to a swank resort in Cancun. One evening on the trip, she and I were headed to get a pre-dinner cocktail and I heard my name. We turned to see Dan sprinting over to us. He asked if I had some time available the following day to meet with him and go over the new LGBTQ initiative. My response, “I’m on vacation! Of course I have time! When do you want to meet and where?” We scheduled to meet at the coffee shop the following morning at 10am.

Again, when the CEO of your company requests a meeting with you, you don’t say no.

(Dan was promoted to CEO when Joanne stepped down in March. I left that part out.)

We met. He showed me the plans for the new brochure. It has a rainbow! It has a lesbian couple in it and a gay male couple! He showed me some of the products that were in consideration for inclusion in the catalog, and they were amazing! It was slated to launch at the beginning of June, in coordination with Pride month, and a big push would happen all summer.

And then yesterday happened.

It launched a couple of days early.

A webinar announced the campaign. An email outlined all of the new products. We have all new marketing materials geared toward MY people. Finally, my sexuality, my relationship, and my community is represented by my company. The response from the field has been unbelievable.

Dan and Suzie have asked me to do a corporate training webinar on the importance of the brochure, the products inside, and how to use this information at parties. With a rainbow on the cover, there’s no question of what the brochure is and who it’s for. With corporate support, there will be no question of how to use it effectively.

I call it my Passion Journey because there is no end point. Everything in this business builds upon itself. Business growth and personal growth go hand in hand. Though my goal of helping to open Passion Parties up to the LGBTQ community is coming to fruition, this portion of my Journey has just begun. If you would like a copy of the brochure, I’m happy to send you one. Please check out the products on my website. Though I’ve done a lot of research, and corporate has done a lot of research, regarding products to include, there is always room for improvement. I welcome all feedback you may have on how to make this initiative better for the community and more successful for the company.

Sensual Zodiac: Gemini Woman

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Zodiac Secrets of the Sensual Gemini Woman

Ultimate Sensual Gemini Celebrity: Zoe Saldana

You were born on the most important day of the year! Your Sensual Zodiac reveals hidden influences about your arousal, your sexuality, and your foreplay preferences. These astrological insights give you a richer, deeper understanding of your sexual nature. Discover new intimate secretes about yourself and find the keys to your sexual happiness.


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Have you ever wondered what makes you as fascinating as you are?

Well, for starters… When you walk into a room, you bring an elusive quality that’s hard to define. Your smile is as intriguing as the Mona Lisa’s and there’s this amazing air of sensual mystery that surrounds you like a force field. You give the impression that you are a woman of rare talents and deep insights. To others, you appear to have it all: good looks, style, confidence, and an abundance of energy that keeps you looking younger and more in control than most women.


Fresh, Fascinating, Exciting, and Impulsive

Hands down, you win the Sensual Zodiac award for: “The World’s Most Sexually Intriguing Personality.” What other women merely talk about doing… you’ve already done… and could easily write a book about (if you haven’t already done so.)


You truly have a gift for getting along with anyone.

Being around you is never boring. Spontaneity is your personal signature.


And here’s another interesting fact about you…

You were never intended for the ordinary life. Your appetite for novelty, change, and adventure keeps you moving at a breakneck pace. Freedom is your personal mission statement.



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What attracts a Sensual Gemini woman?

Words are your mental aphrodisiac. You fall in love in your mind first and then your heart soon follows. Any lover who wants to attract and hold your attention must be a great conversationalist. Interesting is more important to you than looks ever will be. You want to live, breathe, and exist on a consistent diet of sensual mental stimulation. Passionate mental foreplay is the fastest way to your bedroom door.


Sexually, you are magnificent.

When you make love, it’s as if you fall into a trance. Your responsiveness is electric. One passionate kiss on the back of your neck melts you like butter and you begin to sizzle.


How to seduce you?

The key that unlocks your sensual door is found hidden deep within your very own sexual curiosity. For the Sensual Gemini woman, it’s what opens the door and unlocks her imagination: just the very thought of new discovery, a unique experience, something unnamed, and something untamed.


Best Passion Product for you:

Nuru Massage Gel

When you and your partner slip and slide around on one another, your entire body will sing with pleasure. Mix it with warm water, put a shower curtain or tarp over the mattress (or tape it to the floor) for an erotic massage experience like you’ve never known. New and exciting is your game, dear Gemini, so send the kids away for the evening and take this grown-up Slip N Slide for all it’s worth!



Excerpted and amended from Your Sensual Zodiac by Suzie Johnson.

Sensual Zodiac: Taurus Woman

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Ultimate Sensual Taurus Celebrity: Jessica Alba

You were born on the most important day of the year! Your Sensual Zodiac reveals hidden influences about your arousal, your sexuality, and your foreplay preferences. These astrological insights give you a richer, deeper understanding of your sensual nature. Discover new intimate secrets about yourself and find the keys to your sexual happiness.

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You are among the people most likely to:

Cuddle after sex. Sensual Taurus lovers are the most touchy-feely people in the Sensual Zodiac.

Here’s a shocking sex secret about you:

Your skin is your sexual spark plug. All it takes is one touch, one kiss, or one timely stroke from the right hands to set you ablaze. You crave touch, affection, and tenderness almost as much as others crave a certain food. In fact, you can practically live off a bear hug for a year; and when it comes to romance, it’s all about physical contact and connection for you.

Passionate, Sentimental, and Affectionate

You laugh as you live, openly and freely. Your feelings are your traveling companion. You can play any role you choose: run a business, paint a masterpiece, prepare amazing cuisine, tend to your garden, or nurture your children. You have an uncalculated spontaneity and childlike wonder that makes lif with you an exciting feast for the senses.

As a lover, you are pure sensuality.

Prospective partners rotate around you like the planets orbit the sun. In soft light, you are achingly beautiful and in vivid colors you sparkle like a jewel. If your sex appeal was a perfume, it would be called “Ambrosia.” Why? Because when you are in love, you blossom like a flower and ooze sensuality, bewitchingly trailing your sensuous fragrance behind you.

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How to seduce you?

Touch is a must. Sexually, you are turned on by unabashed affection. You like your appetites aroused slowly. But once your desire rises, it can rage all night – like a wild storm. You like to be caressed with strong passionate strokes and have endless hot kisses sprinkled across your skin like warm rain drops. Your lover should treat you with the utmost delicacy and not be afraid to feast on you like a rich dessert.

Inside, you know you are unique. So you may want to challenge yourself to resist the urge to fit in. All the curtains and doors in your life are all of your own making. Feel free to open them up and let loose. Go ahead and add even more color to your life, infuse more richness, more texture, and vibrancy — because you are a Sensual Taurus goddess who was born to stand out!

Best Passion Product for you:

We-Vibe 4+

Why? Because wearing this sleek, silicone toy during lovemaking turns sexual into insatiable. Your partner can savor, lick, nibble, and enjoy you for hours while you enjoy the multitude of vibrations controlled via either wireless remote or Bluetooth phone app during foreplay or the main event. You will love being the object of your lover’s ravenous attentions.

Excerpted and amended from Your Sensual Zodiac by Suzie Johnson.

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