Bradford and Angela Atom, a couple in their late thirties, are selling out adult sex classes in Sydney.
To be clear, they’re not the kind where you put a condom on a banana, or talk about the symptoms of chlamydia, or draw things like the ‘Fallopian tubes’ or ‘vas deferens’ on a blackboard.
No one wants to go to those kinds of classes.
Instead, the Atoms have identified a gap in the market, teaching adults the stuff about sex they never learned in school.
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“Unfortunately, most of us in our age demographic learned about sex either through porn or through fumbling around in our own experiences,” Bradford told Mamamia.
“In one case, we’re seeing things the way they aren’t – in porn, and in the other we might be missing stuff that could make our sexual relationships a little more fulfilling.”
The classes consist of about 10 to 12 couples, occasionally with a few single men or women – although those spots are strictly limited.
They begin with a ‘lecture’ component, which might explore the subject of clitoral massage or a g-spot orgasm.
Once they’ve explored the theory, the Atom’s then perform the practical component: a live demonstration.
“It’s so that people can actually see; you get that combination of hearing it, seeing it, and then homework where you go and do it yourself,” Bradford explained.
The idea is for anyone to ask questions, and discuss what they’ve learned as a group.
I asked them if they find performing sexual techniques in front of 25 or so people, er, nerve-wracking, and Bradford simply responded, “not really”.
Angela conceded that it was a little scary the first couple of times, but they’re “both very comfortable in front of people, and [they’re] comfortable with the subject matter.”
Their motivation for running these classes is simple: they feel passionately about couples leading more exciting and more satisfying sex lives. They want to provide a “safe place in which people can explore their sexuality in ways they may not otherwise be able to do.”
The biggest problem couples face, the Atoms told Mamamia, is “getting stuck in the same old routine”.
Most couples have a few sexual positions, maybe two or three, they default to because they’re easy and comfortable. It’s a pattern that is often difficult to break.