Every Wednesday The CSPH highlights a Sexuality Professional you should keep your eye on. Their backgrounds are very diverse in order to bring attention to the wide variety of amazing people working in the field. This week we bring you Twanna Hines!
1. What do you do in the field of sexuality?
I’m an educator, and I write social commentary for magazines, websites, and newspapers. I also teach, guest lecture, and appear on television and radio. I genuinely love this field.
2. Where are you based out of?
I’m such a nomad, it’s ridiculous. I’ve lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, London, and elsewhere. These days, for now, the New York area is home.
3. What is your focus? What do you do?
My degrees are in sociology, so I’m acutely focused how sex is related to the structure, culture, and artist products of American society.
4. What are your particular goals and passions in the field?
Oh, this is a big question! I’m working on two books at the moment, and I would like to see one on shelves by next year. About passions, I love travel and, incidentally, researching inter-cultural relationships.
5. Why did you choose to work in this field?
I don’t think there’s anything inherently unholy, slutty, or unacademic about sex. We need to talk about it, so I’m happy to contribute to that conversation.
6. Where did you go for school/training?
I received a Bachelors from Illinois State University and a Masters from Florida State University. I completed post-graduate training at Universiteit van Amsterdam and New York University. I also complete sexual and reproductive health continuing education professional coursework and present at conferences.
7. Do you have any literature out (websites, articles)?
I’m FUNKY BROWN CHICK®. My website is www.funkybrownchick.com, and I store links and digital versions of my articles and book contributions there. I make contributions to social media properties using the handle “funkybrownchick.”
8. What would you recommend to future professionals attempting to get into the field?
Read. Read. Read.
9. What is the most challenging aspect for you working in this career?
There are so many ways to engage that, for me, the challenge continues to be about finding the right medium for giving voice to a particular idea.
10. One must read-what would you recommend? Why?
Read newspapers, books, journal articles, and pretty much anything else you can get your hands on. Knowledge is like eating vegetables. More is good. More is healthy.