O.school is your non-judgmental resource for sexuality and dating.
We help people build sexual confidence through medically-accurate videos, articles and live streams. We’re here for everyone - whether you’re having lots of sex or no sex, there’s so much to know about your body.
We work with a community of Pleasure Professionals that includes gynecologists, dating coaches, sex educators and therapists who cover a wide range of topics including health, consent, gender, sexuality, dating, sex after trauma, sex and disability, and more. We offer free live stream sessions where you can ask anything you want anonymously.
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Andrea Barrica, O.school’s founder, was raised in a religious, conservative family that only taught abstinence. She says, “In a lot of ways I would have been better off with no sex education than the sex education I received in school and church.” Seeking support and information, Barrica could not find reliable resources and experienced harassment online.
Determined that no one else should have to struggle to unlearn sexual shame, Barrica began building O.school to help people learn about their bodies, unlearn shame, and build more sexual confidence.
While it may seem like there are limitless resources available, the reality is very different. Traditional sex ed is fear-based, and often focuses on abstinence. Online resources are unreliable, or can be hard to access. For most of us, porn has become the de facto sex ed. While we don’t mind adult entertainment, it’s hardly educational.
- Less than 50% of states in the US mandate sex ed. Most that do focus on abstinence only. Is it any wonder that among developed nations, the United States ranks #1 in teen pregnancy and STIs?
- While many online resources are geared towards a mainstream audience, all bodies and sexualities are different. Effective sex and pleasure education needs to be diverse, interactive and responsive — and address issues like shame, pleasure, trauma, religion and race.
- In a study in the Journal of Sex Medicine, 30% of women reported pain the last time they had penis and vagina sex. This suggests that women need to know more about pain reduction and pleasure with sex.
- Millennials are twice as likely to identify as LGBTQIA as previous generations, but very few mainstream resources address meet their specific identities.
- Many online spaces aren’t safe for asking difficult questions. Harassment and trolling are common, particularly if you aren’t white and male — 76% of women under thirty have reported online harassment.