Heather Corinna

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Heather Corinna
Born 1970
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation feminist activist, writer, photographer, artist, educator, internet publisher and community organizer

Heather Corinna (born April 18, 1970) is an author, activist, and Internet publisher with a focus on progressive, affirming sexuality. She is a self-described "queer polymath: feminist activist, writer, photographer, artist, educator, Internet publisher, and community organizer."[1]' She was one of the pioneers of positive human sexuality on the Internet.


Heather Corinna was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Chicago and Pennsylvania. Corinna is a graduate of the Chicago Academy of the Arts, where she studied music, creative writing, and art. She also attended Shimer College during its time in Waukegan, where she majored in Humanities. During her twenties, Corinna worked for several years as an early childhood educator, having trained at the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center from 1997 through 1999. After working in education with developmentally disabled adults and in a Montessori elementary classroom, she founded an alternative kindergarten/pre-kindergarten in Chicago.[2]

Corinna has written about the role that an experience with sexual assault and other violence in her youth have played in motivating her art and activism.[3]



  • Founded in 1998 by Corinna and co-editor Hanne Blank, Scarlet Letters[4] was one of the earliest adult erotica online magazines and was the first woman-owned, woman-run, and women-centered sexuality website. It initially featured erotic fiction, poetry, photography, and visual art and has since expanded to include non-erotic content that promotes progressive sexuality. The website is currently on hiatus.
  • Corinna's personal website, Femmerotic, contains samples of her photography, writing, and journal entries.
  • Corinna's work has also appeared in The Guardian, Issues Magazine, PIF Magazine, Maxi Magazine, CleanSheets, LeisureSuit.Net, Other Rooms, Cherrybomb, Sexilicious, Blood Moon, BAACHOR Magazine (in which her essay "The Door Into One Moment, Eternal" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize) and Batteries Not Included. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have also appeared in the anthologies Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, Viscera, The Adventures of Food, Aqua Erotica, Zaftig: Well-Rounded Erotica, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 1 & 2, Shameless: An Intimate Erotica, and Penthouse and will appear in the forthcoming anthologies Breakthrough Bleeding: Essays on the Thing Women Spend a Quarter of Their Time Doing, but No One’s Supposed To Talk About and What We Think: Gender Roles, Women's Issues and Feminism in the 21st Century.
  • Her photography and visual art have been shown at/in 555 Gallery, Sex Worker Visions (New York), Babes in Toyland, Jane's Guide, Michelle 7, On Our Backs, the Bryant-Lake Bowl, Trixx (to benefit the GLBT youth center, District 202), The Independent, The Mammoth Book of Erotic Women, SEAF 2004, and other venues.

Sexual education[edit]

  • Corinna founded Scarleteen, an "inclusive, healthy, and sex-positive sex ed resource for teens," in 1998. Staffed by Corinna and a group of volunteers, Scarleteen is viewed by tens of thousands of readers each day.[5]
  • According to Scarleteen, "Heather is currently also a sexuality, contraception and abortion educator and counselor for the Cedar River Clinics/Feminist Women's Health Center, and the director of the CONNECT teen outreach and education program. In addition, she has recently completed the facilitator training for Teen Talking Circles. She is a sexuality consultant for the health department of New Moon, a magazine for girls ages 8-12; and her young adults sexuality advice at Scarleteen is now syndicated weekly at the United Nations Foundation supported reproductive health hub RH Reality Check."[6]
  • Corinna's book, S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide To Get You Through High School and College, was published by Da Capo Press in 2007.

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