Sandra Daugherty punches sexual shame in the face. The sex educator is a firm believer in the right to healthy intimate experiences and the skills that get us there.

Sandra is known the world over for her podcast, “Sex Nerd Sandra.” At once irreverent and educational, the show has earned a top spot on iTunes. Its loyal listenership (over 9 million downloads) is vocal about Sandra’s impact, describing her as “inspiring” with “contagious enthusiasm” and an “awesome nerd-like ability that [she’s] not afraid to show.” Her weekly podcast has run since 2011 under the Nerdist Industries banner with no end in sight.

Her professional journey began in 2009 normalizing sexuality through sex-positive workshops and she continues to teach as well as appearing across other platforms including web and TV shows, podcasts, documentaries, panels, lectures, personal coaching and consulting.

Her background in cultural anthropology, philosophy and broadcast journalism provide crucial lenses through which she views her work. Sandra has completed the comprehensive sex educator training program provided by San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI), attends professional conferences and workshops regularly and devours literature on all related topics with retention equal to her curiosity.

 Brimming with book smarts and street smarts, Sandra is passionately committed to creating a safe space for each person’s unique intimate needs. Her methods include heavy doses of physical comedy, playful insight and surprising disclosure.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is an avid traveler and lover of big questions.

33 Responses to “Bio”

  1. Anonymous October 3, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Thanks to a link on the Savage Love podcast, I recently discovered your podcast. After hearing you talk about the Pure Wand I bought one for my wife since she REALLY enjoys G-Spot stimulation. It was awesome! Then I tried tried the small end on my prostate. OMG, talk about “eyes roll back orgasm”, it was unlike any other feeling I have ever experienced. I am trying to work up the nerve to share this experience together. All I can say is it was worth every penny…or dollar, LOL.

  2. Hugo October 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Learned about you by way of Twitter and have been listening and enjoying your posts. Your humor is what makes your podcast so entertainment. Keep it up.

  3. hk March 8, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    I started listening to your podcast 2 weeks ago and I’m almost done listening to all of them!!! I live in LA and I really REALLY want to attend one of your live podcasts. When will you have one and do I have to rsvp?

  4. Ursula March 29, 2012 at 9:10 am #


    I recently opened up my marriage and stumbled across your podcast after reading “Sex at Dawn” and heard your interview with Christopher Ryan. That was just a gateway episode for me, and now I’m a SNS addict! I love your humor, positivity, and open happy discussion of everything so that even a newly-out-there 41-year-old mom like me can figure out how to own my own pleasure and get jiggy while being confident and safe. I’ve picked up a lot of negative sexual baggage along the way–time to put that down! Thanks so much, you are awesome. I need to put together one of those safe sex kits I just watched your little video about!

  5. Emery Emery April 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Well, I’ve looked around the site and for a contact email for you and I give up.

    Sandra, I would like to invite you to be a guest on my show, “Ardent Atheist”. Would you be a guest on my show please?

    Emery Emery
    I can be reached at emery at


    • Sandra Daugherty April 9, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      sex nerd sandra at gmail dot com. it’s under “workshops” and “coaching.”

  6. Stephanie Turner August 26, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    Sept 11-13 at pleasure chest?

    Coming to LA for a wedding and would love to stop by the pleasure chest and get an autograph…as well as something for the bride and groom! Will you be working Tuesday sept 11 or Wednesday sept 12? Thanks, and happy nerding.


  7. Kayla September 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I just wanted to say I love love love Sandra so much. Thank you so much. Your podcast helped me so much to be more educated about sex and I have gotten much much better reviews on my blow jobs thanks to the oral sex:BJ basics. I will definitely keep listening because it is beyond beneficial

  8. KD January 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Sandra & Dave,
    Just listened to the “Sexy Resolutions” podcast, and I am determined to finally get out there and have some fun…or any fun. But I kind of have a problem. One of my students wants to hook me up with a friend of hers. Now, I know that this other woman is not a student, but it still feels odd. Also, some people have told me that this student liaison is actually the one interested in me. Not sure what to do here.
    Also, I love the story about the 20-something going after the 30-everythings. I have my own embarrassing moment with an older and bolder woman that I will not share here tonight.
    Again, advice would help.

  9. sarah March 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    I am hooked on the Podcast! I walk dogs for a living and was laughing hysterically in public today as I walked dogs and listened to the Talking Dirty episode.
    Also, I was trying to research if anyone else online knew about the cold pack on the balls technique and I came across this awesome quote on the website : “X-Files Get slimed:
    My favorite way to masturbate is to purchase some Nickelodeon Gak. For those who don’t know its a strange little gel substance that’s really cold and slippery. It makes me feel like I’m having sex with an alien.”

    Thought you might enjoy….

  10. themeepingkoala March 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    I was just wondering; have you heard of the I Heart Guts company? They sell these really weird, cute plushies that’re modeled after the human organs. And there’s a mammary gland. xD

  11. dylan July 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    I started listening to your podcast on soundcloud and let me tell you never knew something could be so entertaining and knowledgeable, then I watched your youtube videos and I loved them and you, your awesome keep it up, oh Dave is awesome too

  12. Ben July 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    I just listened to the podcast with Megan Andelloux where she talks about having orgasms when hearing camera shutters. I recently heard about a case (on radiolab, another awesome podcast) where a guy had huge arousal around safety pins and it turned out to be because of a brain tumor and I just wanted to pass the information along for you to relay just in case something similar was happening here. I love the podcast, thanks for doing it!

  13. Madeline Stiso July 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Love the podcast
    it has taught me a lot of info
    i recently graduated high school and looking back on the sex units mine was kind of odd
    while they did teach about the different methods of birth control and std prevention they never taught how to use any of them
    and also the taught us about the microscopic what goes on during sex and the female and male bodies separately they never taught about sex for a while i thought the male external organ attached to the female external bits to produce a baby
    and thanks to you sns i learned what is the truth and so much more thanks again
    also what episode of keeping up were you in

  14. Mattheous July 20, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    My fiancée is much shorter than me (she is a dwarf and I am 5’11.25″). She wants to be on top, but she is afraid it’ll ‘go in the wrong hole’, and she wouldn’t be able to get off if me (she has ulcerative colitis). Any tips for sex on top? She loves my on top, but my arms are only so strong and I can’t hold myself up ( we both have a rare kidney condition that involves muscle wasting/myopathy).

    Your tip to use my pubic mound REALLY spiced up out our sex lives (we were both virgins, and lost our virginity to each other),

  15. rufus t. firefly September 3, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    interesting juxtaposition as i’m listening to tristan taormino’s recent discussion with cooper and ginger the cast of ‘life on the swing set’ podcast right after listening to your swinging discussion. i really wish ‘sex nerd’ and ‘sex out loud’ could have done a crossover show because i would have liked to hear what i assume would be some potential fireworks in regard to issues like ‘swinger hypocrisy’ a term that came up on tristan’s show-in terms of how bisexual men are often treated in the lifestyle, the fact that many in the old guard of ‘traditional swinging’ seem to be primarily white, affluent, and sexually liberated while often being politically conservative. would love to hear a follow up show with your guests and cooper and ginger discussing the lifestyle together and see how much common ground there is.

  16. Mercedes October 8, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Hey Sandra ! I’ve recently been introduced to your podcasts, and I absolutely love them! I couldn’t get enough of your blowjob podcast with Dave haha. Anyway I wanted some basic tips for beginners, for blowjobs.
    Thanks, you’re amazing.

  17. Megan October 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I love your SNS podcast and listen to it on my commute to work every day! I have introduced so many friends to it that have come to me with sexual questions/frustrations and they are now spreading the Sandra love and knowledge too :) I just came across this TED talk and thought of you. I know you would be interested if you haven’t seen/heard of this issue yet.
    P.S. Thank you so much for opening my small sexual world into the open, joyous beauty it is today!

    Much love

  18. Steve Lieberman November 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    this is a message I tried to send on nerdist web site but was having issues – so maybe this will get to you. My email Hey, to be honest. I don’t know if this is to Sandra or Chris. I just started listening to Sandra a few days ago on Tune in Radio and have worked with/for Chris during Course of the Force. What a great connection! Sandra, have you done an episode of cosplay? I haven’t used it in my bedroom even though I dress up as a Sandtrooper many times a year. I’ve gat a great pic with Chris I’d love to share. Anyway just wanted to say “Hi” and enjoy both Sandra and Chris. Would love to hear from either of you or both and again would love to share the pic. P.S. Chris, I hope you got the 501st Legion bags I handed one of your guys while in San Francisco.

  19. stevenjungaro December 4, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Hey, have you ever done an episode with sex advice for overweight people? I’m a guy, but ladies need advice too I’m sure. I assume losing weight is recommended but are there effective positions that work? For example, my girlfriend likes to try a spooning position but I have a difficult time because of my stomach and I don’t have a foot-long dick. Thanks!

  20. thegerm February 21, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Found your podcast the other day in the tops list (as in iTunes… )

    The first episode I heard was “age play”. I was uncomfortable for the first half, then blam your guest said something perfectly. The rapport you had with him was perfect. I wanted to run to my partner and have her listen and say “they get it”. The “get it” part had nothing to do with age play, yet at the same time everything. “age play” is not an episode to start her on though. I am not sure any episode is. Figurative comprehension is an art.

    The podcast is awesome. I have to keep my eye open for Seattle shows.

  21. Tom February 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I really like your educational podcasts, they are informative and innovative, something I never experienced before frankly. My only concern is the length of each episode. The whole materials could be squeezed into half an hour at most. I have a busy schedule and can hardly find a free hour to listen. I feel that the pace is too slow. Sometimes there are repetitions. e.g. In one the podcasts, the side-topic of a sex toy dresser was reviewed twice in the same podcasts. I end up scanning all your podcast for more educational part.
    But overall they are very interesting. Keep doing the good job

  22. Aphrodite June 16, 2014 at 6:47 am #

    I’m happy to have ‘discovered’ your blog. It seems nice :)

  23. Allison July 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Thank you for doing such a wonderful podcast! My boyfriend and I listen to it all the time. In fact, it kept us company on our recent summer vacation road trip home from Austin, TX to Tucson, AZ. We really enjoy all your insights and have learned quite a bit listening to you! Hopefully one of these days you’ll be able to come to Arizona. :) We’d drive to see you up in Phoenix! You’re awesome and keep up the good work!

  24. Steve August 3, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Sandra’s rah-rah attitude is irritating. I’ll stick with the Savage Lovecast.

  25. Ray August 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Hey Sandra – love your show, can I donate some music to your podcast?

  26. Bradley October 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    I just wanted to say I love your show Sandra, been listing for a couple years now. Wanted to send love, thanks, and energy your way. Many of my own personal issues have been brought up, the shows have helped me in numerous instances.

    Keep kicking butt girl!!!

  27. Svelt October 14, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

    She’s too young to be an expert on sex. She just thought that if she declared herself one, she’d get money.

  28. Nila March 15, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    i just listened to your love lab and there was the guy who called in about not being hugged in a while and he’s a virgin. He’s from dc. You encouraged him to seek therapy. I’ve gone to a great therapist in DC – Susan segal. She specializes in sex therapy and think it might be a good fit for him. I don’t know if u have a way to contact him back. Thanks

  29. Sharman99 March 24, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    It’s lovely n educating

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