The Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) and the Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity (PASD) are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Alternative Sexualities Conference, to be held in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Our host for the conference is the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, at San Francisco State University.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality
San Francisco State University
Downtown San Francisco Campus
835 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Please download the Registration form
“Similar Networks, Different Movements: Comparing the LGBT Movement to Activism about Alternative Sexualities”
Keynote Address at the Alternative Sexualities Conference
Amy L. Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
San Antonio, TX
“There are many parallels between the LGBT movement and other types of activism about alternative sexualities, especially BDSM and polyamory. In its formative years the LGBT community used community institutions like bars and clubs to create social networks and fought similar medical and criminal pathologization. This talk will analyze these similar origins and highlight the dramatic differences in social and political power between the LGBT movement and activism to support BDSM and polyamory.”
Dr. Stone studies the intersection of gender, sexuality, and social movements. Her previous works include Gay Rights at the Ballot Box. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (2012). “Diversity, Dissent and Decision-making: The Challenge to LGBT Politics” GLQ 16:3, 465-472. (2010) and “More Than Adding a T: American Lesbian and Gay Activists” Attitudes Towards Transgender Inclusion.” Sexualities. Volume 12, Issue 3, pp. 337-357. (2009). She is currently working on projects examining BDSM/Kink social movements, in addition to her continuing projects on transgender inclusion in movement politics, and gender/sexuality in urban festivals, among others.
Please Note: A Special Friday afternoon event for Kink-Identified Clinicians
If you are a therapist, counselor or intern, or enrolled in a graduate program which leads to a license to practice therapy, AND you identify as kinky or a part of the BDSM/Kink community, we will have a special Friday September 27 session, from 2 to 5 pm, just for kink-identified clinicians. This is no extra cost, but we would like RSVPs. If you think you might attend, please indicate here:
Friday August 16th: 9pm – 10pm at The Society in Hartford, CT ($10 for members, $15 for guests)
Humiliation is such a complex and varied fetish that many lifestyle and professional players hesitate to delve very deeply into the many fun options for embarrassing, degrading or humiliating their submissive. After attending this workshop however, both light and heavy players will be equipped with exciting new ideas to use and expand upon. Everything from dehumanization, to chastity training, to verbal humiliation and water-sports will be discussed, as well as How to Humiliate Happily- the ways to make sure that everyone is getting what they need from the experience. This is class is appropriate for any Gender Power Dynamic, men and women are welcome!
Saturday August 17th Demo With Benefits (invitation only)
The Dragon-tail: The most versatile tool in your toy bag!
With a just a simple piece of rolled leather, you can elicit sensations ranging from stingy, like a single-tail or thuddy, like a paddle. Not much energy is needed to really make an impact with this unassuming toy, but with a fierce flick of the wrist there’s no denying the power of the dragon-tail! Learn various techniques, positions for your sub/bottom, and glamorous actions to impress your friends and dungeon-mates.
Sunday August 18th: 2pm for MOB Orientation (Must be MOB eligible)
Foot Fetish for Everyone
Creative foot play is a stimulating and innovative approach to enhancing sexuality in any relationship. This fresh new workshop is devoted to sharing background, valuable tips and imaginative ways to enjoy the latest techniques from the foot fetish community. Foot fetish is a sexy addition to vanilla sexuality, BDSM, or role-play and still remains a sexuality that stands on its own two feet. Join Princess Kali and others who share this popular kinky pleasure to learn how the various nuances of “foot fetish” can contribute to those intimate times of your life.
Sunday August 18th 6:30pm – 8:30pm NELA Welcome Wagon ($10 advance online tickets, $15 for at the door, discount for NELA members)
Adventures in Kink
There are so many fetishes and kink activities to choose from, welcome to an intro and overview of some of the most popular! If you’ve wondered what a ‘fetish’ really means, and what kind of play it describes then this is the class for you! We’ll be talking about popular interests such as sado-masochism, D/s relationships, foot fetish & sissification Then we’ll briefly go over some more exotic interests including financial domination, latex and leather worship, smothering, sploshing, giantess fantasies and more! Take a walk through the perverts playground of kinky adventures!