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U.S. Black women have been using all forms of pleasure and eroticism to respond to the intergenerational effects of chattel slavery and genocide. While developing long-standing strategies for protecting our bodies from the constant gaze of white supremacy, we have simultaneously pushed for the complexity of our pleasure and desires to disrupt dominant discourses of […]Click for more information on 'From the DSM to BDSM: The Role of High-Intensity Kink Play in the Healing and Liberation of Black Women'
In an era of “toxic masculinity,” sex panic, social isolation, and the eradication of safe spaces for men, it’s all the more critical that we identify and create opportunities for men to connect and heal from sexual repression. Bate culture, centered on the social network Bateworld, offers men a community grounded in mutual affirmation and […]Click for more information on 'Bate On, Bros: A Safe Space to Heal Sexual Shame for Men Who Like to Masturbate'
Queer and Trans [qt] Porn embodies the symbolization of sexual self-reclamation through objectification of the self as subject-object, as other. We will explore some current qt porn makers and T4T as a self-fetishization/objectification, as it embodies reclamation, self-love and community-love that is healing. The empowerment of disabled qt individuals in sex work as a means […]Click for more information on 'Queer and Trans Porn Embody Sexual Self-Reclamation through Objectification of the Self as Other'
For most of us, sex is a subjective, lived experience that is as unique as our genetic make-up, our upbringing, our thoughts, values, feelings, beliefs and ideas. It is through our erotic interactions, or the absence thereof, that we form aspects of our fluid and mutable erotic paths and identities. Despite the abundance sexually explicit […]Click for more information on 'Reclaiming Shame—When Porn Informs Therapy'
This presentation focuses on providing a meaningful synthesis of the topic of shadow play and its implications for trauma informed sex therapy. Recent years have seen a rise in academic as well as community interest on fantasies involving forced sexual experiences. While there is historic focus in the therapeutic community on preventing trauma repetition, this […]Click for more information on 'Light in the shadows: Therapeutic Explorations of Fantasy and Fear'
We live in a technology-driven and fast pace age in which we are constantly one swipe away from our next relationship and flooded with options upon options for hookups. But what about the people who have a different way of you’ve ever found yourself to be one of those people who rarely develop crushes, can’t […]Click for more information on 'Can You Be Demisexual and Still Swipe Right?'
Relationship Anarchy works to relate to others in a way that is less defined by expectations, assumptions, rules, and obligations. It is a philosophy and practice grounded in respect for autonomy, authentic co-willing, consent, and anti-authoritarianism. It questions the conventional social norms, beliefs, and customs around relationships such as ownership, scarcity and entitlement. Relationship Anarchy […]Click for more information on 'Relationship Anarchy as a Tool for Empowerment'
Can sex work be a healing modality? What does hands-on sexual healing look like? In my own life, unprocessed trauma both led me to sex work and was healed by it. Sex work was a place where I could re-learn bodily autonomy and boundaries and overcome body dysmorphia – while being financially rewarded for the […]Click for more information on 'Healing Through Whoredom: From Patriarchy to Embodiment'
In some poly relationships, individuals believe that they should invest more time in relational building and maintenance that they have difficulty negotiating and navigating appropriate boundaries to forming attachments with partner(s). In these relationships, their partner(s) may want time or space in order to take care of themselves differently than they would if their partner […]Click for more information on '“I love you but you need to take yo’ ass home”—Boundary Formation, Maintenance, and Severance in Polyamorous Relationships'
The Q&A panel is not included in the continuing education credits, which means that professionals who would like 6 CEs have the option of leaving after the last speaker preceding the Q&A panel. Having said that, the Q&A is everyone’s opportunity to ask any and all questions about any of the speakers talks, or anything […]Click for more information on 'Q&A Panel: Alt Sex and Sexual Self-Reclamation'