Sex Siopa Media Appearances

Shawna speaks to Dr. Pixie McKenna and a group of 20-somethings all about sex toys, how they're used, and why lube is so important. (April 26th 2016)

Here's a list of Sex Siopa's appearances in the media:

2017

  • TCD University Times - I talk to Arianna Schardt about sex shops in Dublin and why I chose to go online and stock only bodysafe toys. (May 7th)
  • Her.ie - I wrote a short piece about how good communication is the key to making a woman orgasm. (April 21st)
  • Alison Spittle Show - I get to be a guest on one of my favourite comedy podcasts, the Alison Spittle Show. (April 8th)
  • Sean Moncrieff Newstalk - I speak with Newstalk for their #pornweek and give advice for first-time porn shoppers. (March 24th)
  • Irish Examiner - The Examiner praises me for my contribution about pornography on RTE's The Cutting Edge. (March 22nd)
  • SheMazing - This piece covers a group of Irish businesses, including Sex Siopa, who participating in the Strike 4 Repeal campaign on International Women's Day. (February 20th)
  • Dublin Live - I speak with Dublin Live about how I got my start and why being an inclusive shop is important to me. (January 28th)
  • The Independent - I talk to Rosin Kiberd about why myself and more and more women are putting off having children or choosing not to have them at all. (January 8th) 

 

2016

  • Pat Kenny Newstalk - I speak to Pat again, this time on Newstalk about my talk in Kilkenomics and all about Sex Siopa. Segment just after the news & sport. (November 10th) 
  • Pat Kenny Tonight - In a segment about the affects of pornography, I discuss with Pat the dangers of conflating consensual entertainment with filmed abuse. Segment starts 20 minutes in. (November 2nd
  • The Independent - I speak with the Independent about access to sex toys for people with disabilities. (September 13th)
  • DublinLive.ie - I talk to Kayla Walsh about how I started Sex Siopa, why I'm so political, and what I hope to do with the Siopa in future. (September 10th) 
  • NewstalkFM - I join the Down To Business show to discuss the advantages and challenges of running a niche business in Ireland. (August 6th)
  • LMFM - I speak to Gerry on the PPI Award winning Late Lunch programme about my shop, and bring in a few toys to show Gerry and his producers. (August 3rd)
  • Stellar.ie - I give advice to Stellar readers about buying your first sex toy. (July 27th)
  • Irish Examiner - Louise O'Neill gives Sex Siopa a lovely mention in her piece about the stigma of having sex on the first date. (July 16th)
  • Fora.ie - I'm in conversation with Killian Woods about how I started up Sex Siopa and why I'm an unlikely entrepreneur. (July 12th)
  • Beaut.ie - Caroline Foran asks me some questions about good beginners' sex toys, my personal recommendations, and why Ireland needs to start talking about sex more. (July 11th)
  • Irish Times - I spoke with Sarah Waldron about growing up in suburban America, how I started Sex Siopa, and how I hope to use it as a platform for social change. (June 20th)
  • Sunday Business Post Connected Magazine - Emmet Ryan interviews myself and some of the other speakers at this year's Measurement Conference. (May 29th)
  • Irish Examiner - I am included in this article about women who are dominating social media in the business sphere. (May 23rd)
  • Dr. Pixie's Sex Clinic (RTE2) - Shawna speaks to Dr. Pixie McKenna and a group of 20-somethings all about sex toys, how they're used, and why lube is so important. (April 26th)
  • Broadsheet - Aaron McAllorum covers my win at the 2016 SME Awards (April 18th)
  • Tuairisc.ie - my interview (translated into Irish) with Maitiú Ó Coimín about discovering that the Sex Siopa logo had been used without permission to create a fake ad in an Irish language porno mag. (April 8th)
  • The Daily Edge - Covering the launch of our Tricolour Dildo in support of the Abortion Rights Campaign. (March 26th)
  • Joe.ie - Covering the launch of our Tricolour Dildo in support of the Abortion Rights Campaign. (March 18th)
  • Her.ie - Covering the launch of our Tricolour Dildo in support of the Abortion Rights Campaign. (March 18th)
  • Broadsheet - Covering the launch of our Tricolour Dildo in support of the Abortion Rights Campaign. (March 16th)
  • Her.ie - I was honoured that in celebration of International Women's Day, I was named as one of Her.ie's top Irish Women You Should Know. (March 3rd)
  • IrelandAM - Clinical Sexologist Emily Power Smith gave Sex Siopa a fabulous mention and showed off some of our toys on TV3 (February 12th)
  • The Thin Air - I was asked to list some of my favourite books of all time for their Bookmarked series. (February 5th)
  • Broadsheet - Covers my upcoming dinner event - Lupercalia - with Kevin Powell of Gruel Guerrilla (February 5th)
  • The Times - My interview after Facebook pulled an ad I was running to promote cervical screenings during the week of the Pearl of Wisdom campaign (January 30th)
  • Irish Times Women's podcast - I join sex writer Anne Sexton, DCU lecturer Mel Duffy, and host Sorcha Pollak to discuss where we are as a country when it comes to talking about sex. (Jan 4th)

2015

  • Coitus Craic Podcast - Myself, Caroline Ryan, and Sarah Cleary join host Jana Felice to talk about the aesthetics, varieties, and business practices of porn. (Dec 3rd)
  • Dublin Inquirer - I talk to Louisa McGrath about what foods you can and cannot use as sex toys. (November 25th)
  • Stellar.ie - I contribute to a piece about queefing. My advice - laugh it off and own it! (November 24th)
  • Trivial Cahoots - I joined Mark and Annie to bring some fun sex trivia to the Trivial Cahoots podcast. (November 12th)
  • Sunday Independent - Peter Antonioni was interviewed about our Kilkenomics Show "The Economics of Sex." (November 8th)
  • UCD College Tribune - In my latest bi-weekly column, I examine the double standard when it comes to men and women buying sex toys for themselves. (November 3rd)
  • Irish Times: Off Topic arts & culture podcast - I chatted with Fionn Davenport and Laurence Mackin about the past, present, and future of Playboy after it was announced that they would no longer feature nudity in their magazine. (October 16th)
  • Stellar.ie - As resident sex expert, I answer readers' sex questions (October 14th)
  • Neil Delamare's Sunday Best on TodayFM - Shawna joined Neil on his Sunday midday show on TodayFM to promote Bare - A Collection of Irish Women's Sexual Fantasies (October 11th)
  • UCD College Tribune - In the 2nd instalment of my bi-weekly column, I talk about how we can make porn better by making porn. (October 6th)
  • Sunday Independent - I am interviewed about writing the foreword for Bare - A Collection of Irish Women's Sexual Fantasies. (October 4th)
  • Image.ie - Myself and a number of other Irish businesswomen talk about our favourite TED Talks. (September 22nd)
  • UCD College Tribune - In the first instalment of my bi-weekly column, I talk about the sex toy industry and the need for bodysafe products. (September 21st)
  • The Independent - I talk to Deirdre Reynolds about the 20th anniversary of Ireland lifting the ban on Playboy and to highlight the fact that Playgirl is still illegal here. (September 19th)
  • Sunday Business Post Connected Magazine - Myself and 5 other Irish business leaders talk about our experiences and how we view business in Ireland. (September 7th)
  • Stellar Magazine - I talked to Deputy Editor, Rosemary McCabe about everything from "How to make anal sex comfortable and pleasurable," to "best positions for 69ing," to "why people enjoy fisting." (September issue)
  • Anton Savage on TodayFM - Sex Siopa got a fabulous mention from their resident Sex & Fertility expert, psychotherapist Margaret Dunne. (August 26th)
  • Creative Mornings - Brian from Creative Mornings did a catch-up interview with me a year on from the talk I gave at one of their events. (August 25th)
  • Daily Edge - I am quoted for their piece about discreetly buying sex toys in Ireland. (July 13th)
  • Jigsaw Mindset podcast - Louise McLoughlin interviews me about bodysafe toys, how I started out, and how I feel about media reporting on sex. (June 11th)
  • Stellar.ie - I am quoted for their piece about rebound sex. (June 3rd)
  • Stellar.ie - I am quoted for their piece about how alcohol affects orgasm response. (May 22nd)
  • Badoink - Covers my 2015 SME Award Win for Best Online Retailer in the Irish Market. (May 3rd)
  • Technology.ie - Covers the winners of the 2015 SME Awards. (April 26th)
  • Stellar Magazine - Stellar chooses their top sex toy picks, and 3 out of 6 came from Sex Siopa! (May issue)
  • Irish Times - Kate Holmquist recommends Sex Siopa in her article about life after menopause. (April 10th)
  • Sunday Independent  - Fiona McBennet interviews Shawna for her piece about female sex shop owners in Ireland. (March 22)
  • Trinity Historical Society Debate - I presented my case as guest speaker for the opposition  in the debate "This House believes porn damages society." (March 4th)
  • Girl Crew - Shawna is included as 1 of Lindsey Floskin's "5 Impressive Women" in celebration of International Women's Day. (March 4th)
  • Badoink.com - A lovely in depth interview with Badoink about the challenges of running an adult business. (February 17th)
  • Entertainment.ie - 'The benefits of masturbation - why more 'me time' is important for your body and mind' (February 6th)
  • Girl About Town - I chatted with blogger Lisa Dee about Bodysafe toys and BDSM (February 6th)
  • The Sunday Business Post Connect Magazine - Covered my IEDR win (February 1st)
  • Image.ie Image covers my IEDR Optimise win. I was presented with the award by Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (January 26th)
  • Broadsheet - Broadsheet covers my IEDR Optimise win. I was presented with the award by Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (January 26th)

2014

  • Irish Times - video report with Shawna covering the importance of buying bodysafe sex toys, and some info about Sir Richard's Condoms (December 11th)

  • Tubridy 2FM - Clinical Sexologist Emily Power Smith is back again to recommend a couple of our lubes and toys on Ryan Tubridy's morning show (December 4th)

  • Independent.ie - Claire Cullen covers a  new entrant into the Irish sex shop market and Sex Siopa's Tropical Popical event. Also, our 'monopoly' on the market gets mentioned, if only (December 1st)

  • Image.ie - Our event with Tropical Popical on South William Street was listed as one of their top must-do's over the holiday season (Dec 2014)

  • Kilkenomics - I was featured on a panel discussion for the Kilkenny Economics and Comedy Festival (Nov 2014)
  • Image.ie - Interview with Image.ie about purchasing your first sex toy (Oct 2014)
  • Her.ie - Part of an ongoing series of interviews focusing on women in business (Sept 2014)
  • Image.ie - Blog Awards Short List (Sept 2014)
  • Rabble - Blurb about our talk with Roe McDermott and Emily Power Smith (July 2014)
  • Alt Eire - Raidio na Life (as gaeilge). My first ever radio interview, and it’s in Irish! Segment  starts at 20:00 (April 2014)
  • Broadsheet - A giveaway I did with Broadsheet.ie (Mar 2014)
  • Image.ie - Our Leaf Fresh rechargeable vibrator was on their Valentine’s must-haves shopping list (Feb 2014)
  • Broadsheet - A review and photos of our Valentines Q&A event in the Twisted Pepper (Feb 2014)
  • Tn2 - Trinity News - Sex Siopa gets a mention in this discussion about sexual double standards and masturbation shame (Feb 2014)

 

2013

  • Tubridy 2FM - Clinical Sexologist Emily Power Smith recommends a few of our toys on her monthly slot of Ryan Tubridy's morning show
  • Broadsheet  - Broadsheet covers my Realex Fire Web Award win for Best eCommerce Site. We beat both Vodafone and Avoca (Nov 2013)
  • Mulley Comms - We are featured on Mulley Comms’ blog as an example of how tweeting with honesty and sincerity can be more useful than a celebrity endorsement (Aug 2013)
  • Broadsheet - Broadsheet covers my tweeting success. (Aug 2013)