August McLaughlin is a health and sexuality writer, award-winning blogger and host and creator of Girl Boner®. Her work appears in Cosmopolitan, DAME Magazine, the Huffington Post, LIVESTRONG.com and more. Kirkus Reviews called her first novel, In Her Shadow, “an engaging story with an inventive structure and an intriguing focus on body-image issues.” Each week on Girl Boner® Radio, she interviews relationship experts, celebrity entertainers and more, exploring women’s lives and sexuality “like no one else.”
In 2016, she attended the United State of Women conference convened by the White House as a nominated change maker, spoke about surviving an eating disorder at a TEDx Women event in Beverly Hills (see the video here), and learned a heck of a lot about life, love and herself. Known for melding personal passion, artistry and activism, August uses her skills as a public speaker and journalist to inspire women to embrace their bodies and selves, making way for fuller, more authentic lives. Her first Girl Boner book will be released by Amberjack Publishing in 2018.
August McLaughlin is a nationally recognized health and sexuality writer, radio personality and creator of the female sexual empowering brand Girl Boner®. Her feature articles have appeared in Cosmopolitan.com, DAME magazine, the Huffington Post, Sexual Wellness News, LIVESTRONG.com, The Good Men Project and more. On her weekly web radio show and podcast, Girl Boner® Radio, which consistently ranks high on iTunes’ What’s Hot list, she interviews relationship experts, celebrity entertainers, “everyday” women and more, exploring women’s lives and sexuality “like no one else.”
She was named Nutrition Writer of 2010 by LIVESTRONG.com, Editor’s Pick of 2010 by Demand Media Studios and one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year in 2013. In 2015 and 2016, she was ranked in the top 10 of Kinkly‘s 100 Sex Blog Superheros list. Her first novel, In Her Shadow, a National Indie Excellence Award finalist and an Amazon bestseller in women’s fiction, is loosely based on her experience with anorexia while working as an international model.
In 2016, she was chosen to attend to United State of Women summit, convened by the White House, in Washington DC, as a nominated change maker, for her work in gender equality and women’s sexuality. As a speaker at Beverly Hill’s first TEDx Women event, in October 2016, she shared her story of surviving an eating disorder. (See her talk on the importance of self-embracement here.)
Since recovering from anorexia and years of body dysmorphia, August has taught and mentored individuals with eating disorders and other psychological disorders on wellness and body image on an individual and group basis (LA Health Works, LuvUrSelf Fitness, Bridges to Recovery). She is the executive producer of Weight Limit—a body image-related PSA, and speaks professionally for a variety of audiences, including high school and college students, artistic communities and national and regional conference attendees, on body image, eating disorders and women’s sexuality. As a teen, she was the co-recipient of the Minnesota Peace Prize for her work to raise awareness about child abuse.
Known for melding personal passion with activism, August uses her skills as a public speaker and journalist to inspire other women to embrace their bodies and sexuality, making way for fuller, more authentic lives.