This Sunday, I may be breaking my New Year’s Resolution. Pretty dramatic, eh? My resolution was to abstain… from attending conferences this year. So far, so good!
But I’m ruining it all on Sunday, I think. I will refer to the thing I’m participating in as an event, or a conversation, or a workshop – it is all those things. But my hosts are calling it a conference, so my resolution is broken.
“It” is the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health’s second annual conference, Talking About the Taboo: Discussing Difficult Issues in Human Sexuality, which takes place this Sunday in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The event, which runs from 1 to 5 pm, brings together all aspects of sexuality, the pleasure, education, advocacy and medical worlds, and will take subjects that are traditionally â€œtabooâ€ and elucidate them, showing that the taboo can be fun, interesting and educational and most importantly, able to be discussed in thoughtful, provoking ways.
I’m participating in two different pieces of the event – a panel of experts and a solo workshop.
The â€œTalking About the Tabooâ€ panel, from 1:40 to 2:30, will feature many sexuality experts willing to share with you their work in the field of sexuality. From medical providers, rape crisis counselors, to dominatrixes, you are sure to find someone to teach you something new! Listen to our panel, take a small group class or chat it up with our experts throughout the event.
My workshop â€œMedia Tactics, or How to Do Sexuality Activism Without Looking Like a Jerkâ€ is from 3:45-4:25. Here’s my writeup: Unless you live in a totally sex positive bubble, you see news items and media representations every day that make you angry. In this session we will discuss tactics for speaking out about sexuality in our culture, with an emphasis on online media. Topics include: best practices for participating and building relationships in online communities, being right versus being effective, and when to fight and when to walk away.
Hope to see you in Rhode Island!
But if you’re not there, Kink On Tap will be recording the sessions and podcasting them.