Erica Chidi Cohen

Laura Rysman meets the woman standing in front of a very different sort of classroom.

“What would it look like to have a matriarchal academia and work culture?”

The sanctuary-like Los Angeles headquarters of Loom—a bright white box with sun-filled and soft-hued interiors—stands distinct from the surrounding single-story strip of drab, Mid-City commercial sprawl. It is a visibly fresh beacon extolling a new approach to sex, bodies and healthcare. A community and education center that opened in 2018, Loom is a for-profit enterprise, but its mission feels downright political in the face of America’s current rights-limiting legislation and an increasingly negligent medical system.

“The body is political and how we’re able to understand it has a political component,” says Erica Chidi Cohen, the 32-year-old CEO of Loom who founded the company with Quinn Lundberg. “When people have body literacy and can advocate for themselves, they have...

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