The growing world of alternative sexuality is broadening the understanding of human sexuality, arousal and orientation. Gender and orientation are increasingly recognized as fluid in nature, in many people. Sexual expression and relationships, from swinging to the consumption of porn, incorporate intrinsic elements of what was once called bisexuality, and now is better termed sexually […]Click for more information on '“I Didn’t Know I was (Bi, Into That, …) Until …”'
Individuals who belong to alternative lifestyles may face exclusion for a variety of reasons from spaces meant to be safe. Being a queer of color and relying on a cultural community for support often means risking that foundational support which may not accept alternative lifestyles. Socioeconomic status factors largely into working longer hours to maintain […]Click for more information on 'Redefining a Safe Space for Everyone: Clinical Approaches to Working with Queers of Color and Addressing Inclusion in Alternative Lifestyles'
While prevalent in the BDSM lifestyle community, Dominant/submissive (D/s) , Master/slave (M/s) and other authority-based relationships are often misunderstood at large. In this talk we discuss how they work and operate, and explore their relationship structures and dynamics. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to: Define and identify different types of authority-based relationships. […]Click for more information on 'Peeking under the Hood of Authority-Based Relationships: Structure, Dynamics, and Lifestyle'
I define a Fetishsexual as a person driven to orgasm or other deep erotic state through innate, inherent sexually charged enactments of internalized archetypal, symbolic, mythic storylines. I believe it qualifies according to APA definitions as a sexual identity. Fetishsexual desires often fall within a broad range of eroticized psychological, emotional and physical power-exchange dynamics […]Click for more information on 'Erotic Myths, Archetypes, and Symbols: The Dynamic Psychological Forces of Fetishsexual Identity'
The field of psychotherapy is moving away from a more authoritarian top-down lens to a more humanistic, harm reduction approach. To further along this body of work, Michael Aaron, Dulcinea Pitagora, and Markie Twist have initiated research to better understand the motivations and subjective experiences of individuals that engage in sexual behaviors that have historically […]Click for more information on 'Research Update: BDSM as Harm Reduction'
My talk will include an overview of research on monogamy (including studies on consensual non-monogamy), and will attempt to bridge this line of research with burgeoning theories in moral psychology. My aim is to help understand how and why people gravitate toward/away from monogamy based on a diverse array of moral concerns and other personality […]Click for more information on 'Moral Psychology and Monogamy'
Sex party attendees may possess particular health risk and resilience factors, such as increased condom negotiation skills and sexual assertiveness (Conley, Moors, Ziegler, & Karathanasis, 2012), high levels of sexual risk behavior and substance use (Friedman et al., 2008), and social stigma (Conley, Moors, Matsick, & Ziegler, 2013). However, very little research addresses attendees of […]Click for more information on 'Characteristics of US Sex Parties and Sex Party Attendees'
This talk will explore the different aspects of the experience of transgender people engaging in kink play, as reported during routine medical interactions with a trusted provider. As there is not a great deal of academic literature to speak of on the intersection of trans and kink, and because experiences at this intersection tend to […]Click for more information on 'Transgressions in Sex and Gender: Adventures in Transgender Identity Formation and Kink'
Transgender and gender nonconforming people have nontraditional relationships with their bodies. Anecdotal evidence suggests percentages of transgender and gender nonconforming people involved in ‘alternate lifestyles’ of BDSM and nonmonogamy are significantly higher than in cisgender populations. Why? And how do we as providers assist our clients engaged in these lifestyles? This lecture examines the intersection […]Click for more information on 'Hormones and Handcuffs: The Intersection of Transgender Identities and Alternate Lifestyles'
While there is ample academic literature on sex workers, and there are frequent reports on sex workers in the popular media, it is much more rare to hear about sex workers’ experiences through their own words. This presentation’s focus is on amplifying the diverse voices of sex workers in order to gain a greater understanding […]Click for more information on 'Sex Worker Identities: Voices from the Community'
This qualitative study explores the motives of students who engage in sex work and how they perceive their ability to coordinate academic responsibilities and their work. The research seeks to evaluate whether stigmatization is a concern described by student sex workers. Furthermore, the projects wants to offer participants a space to describe positive and negative […]Click for more information on 'Degree of Shame: The Invisible Population of Student Sex Workers'
Aaron and Pitagora will draw from their respective clinical work with clients who identified as sex workers to illustrate some of the issues that arise in therapy, and clinical approaches to working with them. Pitagora will discuss the potential for countertransference, in terms of over- and under-identification in working with sex workers, and approaches for […]Click for more information on 'Working with Sex Workers—Clinical Application'
This presentation provides an overview of contemporary human vampirism and its relevance for clinicians and helping professionals. Specifically, various self-selected vampire identities are discussed with a focus on how such identities sometimes intersect with various sexual motivations and practices. The presentation draws from current quantitative and qualitative research that explores demographics associated with self- identified […]Click for more information on 'Expanding Diversity or Double Trouble? Exploring Intersections of Contemporary Vampirism and Sexuality'
When it comes to sexuality, there are few groups who are as frequently misrepresented and stigmatized in popular media as furries. Television shows, websites, and news reports routinely reduce or trivialize the complex and multi-faceted nature of furry identity to a fetishistic interest in fursuit sex. A decade of research on more than 20,000 furries […]Click for more information on 'Dispelling Stigmatizing Misconceptions about Sexuality in the Furry Fandom'