One of the challenges that sexologists, educators, and therapists face is the lack of credible, reliable, and well-designed research on sexuality. As much as that’s true for more common forms of sexual expression, it’s even more so for sexual practices that are less common. BDSM and open relationships are the target of a lot of negative assumptions, even though the research that we do have shows that they are not inherently problematic or signs of deeper issues.
I’m on the advisory board of the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities and our 3rd annual conference will be happening on Thursday 9/23/10 in San Francisco. It’s going to be an amazing day, with presentations on current research and clinical practices as they pertain to BDSM and polyamorous people. If you’re a therapist, a sex educator, a sexologist, an interested student or a member of these communities who likes to geek out, you won’t want to miss this event.
And as if that’s not enough, that night is the Good Vibrations Independent Erotic Film Fest at the Castro Theater and the whole weekend is jam-packed with events, workshops and parties leading up to Folsom St. Fair. So if you’re already planning on coming to town, come a day early and hear the latest on sex and kink research.