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Mind the Pleasure Gap Online Panel Discussion

Mind the Pleasure Gap Panel Discussion - Sh! Women's Store

Join our esteemed panel of industry experts for a discussion on sexual health, mental health, and female empowerment on Thursday 4th of March at 10.30am.

As part of the launch of Shush Life, our brand new online learning experience, we have two exciting events lined up: Mind the Pleasure Gap and Let's Talk About Shush, Baby.

Mind the Pleasure Gap is a discussion about the pleasure industry, its size, the ethics, female empowerment, and the impact on women's health.

Is this industry in the right hands?

How do we need to bring about change?

Does this exponential growth in the industry allow us (all of us), any gender/non-binary/trans individuals to explore more - and if so - what does safety look like?

Mental wellbeing and sexual wellbeing - whose responsibility is it and how do we educate safely and ethically?


Tickets to this online event are free but limited, so we recommend booking early!

  • Date: Thursday 4th March 2021
  • Time: 10.30am (lines are open from 10.15am
  • Price: FREE
  • Book here: Mind the Pleasure Gap
  • All welcome

More About The Panel

  • Ky Hoyle - Founder and CEO of Sh! & Shush Life

A ‘true pioneer’ (The Observer Magazine) in orgasm equality, Ky opened the UK’s first ‘women’s erotic emporium’ in 1992, after a nightmarish failed attempt to buy a vibe in London’s Soho. Established on £700, multi-award-winning Sh! led a seachange in attitudes towards sexuality and pleasure.

Highs along the way include winning a court case brought against her for running an ‘adult shop’ without a license, co-founding Café V support group for survivors of sexual violence,  pioneering links with NHS and Cancer charities, and smuggling a toy into 10 Downing St as a gift for the PM’s wife!

As passionate today as the day she stomped home from Soho, Ky’s vision for ShushLife is to be THE trusted online educational space that empowers and guides women (and those that love them) through the journey of their own sexual pleasure.

  • Simon Blake - CEO MHFA England

Prior to his current role, Simon was the chief executive of the National Union of Students, and Brook, the young people’s sexual health charity.

He also previously worked at the National Children’s Bureau, where he held a number of positions including Assistant Director of Children’s Development and Director of the Sex Education Forum. 

Simon is committed to achieving equality for LGBT people at all stages of life. He has chaired Diversity Role Models, written about sex and relationship education for LGBT young people, and been a long-time campaigner for the rights of LGBT young people.

In 2011, Simon was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary sector and young people.

  • Adah Parris - Futurist, Thought-Leader, Cultural Strategist

A polymath and enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories.  

  • 2020 - Longlisted as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology
  • 2019 - Recognised as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators
  • 2018 - Recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology

With over 20 years of experience in transforming cultures to nurture decentralised humanity-centred innovation environments. 

Clients and partnerships have included Google, Unilever, Sainsbury's, Oath, Ogilvy Labs, The British Council, The EU Council, The Tate Modern, the British Film Institute (BFI), The Union Chapel, Burning Man Camp: Playground, ArabNet Dubai, Innovate Finance, Wayra UK, The Friday Club, and Shambala Festival to name a few.

  • Franki Cookney - Freelance Journalist specializing in Sexual Wellbeing

An experienced journalist with an extensive portfolio of work across print and digital. I specialise in human interest and lifestyle features with a particular focus on sex and relationships, global gender politics, and social development. I am passionate about storytelling and committed to creating accessible, engaging and thoughtful content for all kinds of audiences. I produce and host sex and relationships podcast The Second Circle and write a bi-monthly newsletter, The Overthinker's Guide To Sex.

In the last few years, I have built a reputation for thoughtful, engaging, and accessible writing on a variety of human interest and lifestyle subjects. I’ve reported on human rights abuses in Peru, thrown myself into London’s burgeoning “non-sexual nudity” scene and argued in favour of gender-neutral parenting. I have worked with The Independent, The Guardian, Forbes, The Sunday Mirror, The Sun, Stylist, Cosmopolitan, MailOnline, VICE, Refinery29, MEL, and WIRED, amongst others.

  • Moderator: Pippa Dale

Head of global market roadshows, BNP Paribas bank. Lead founding Ambassador of LBTQWomen, an organisation which celebrates, informs and inspires all lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women globally.

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