5th Annual AltSex NYC Conference

Organized and produced by Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST and Dulcinea Pitagora, PhD, LCSW, CST, the 5th annual AltSex NYC Conference provides a local arena for clinical and educational discourse around alternative sexual practices. The phrase “alternative sexuality” is purposefully broad, and inclusive of non-conforming gender identifications and sexual orientations and an intersectionality of gender and sexual expressions. The AltSex NYC Conference is a forum designed to disseminate information in a respectful,… Read More

ZAP! The Wonders of Electro-Play w/ Miss Mackenzee

Join in this class as we explore one of the greatest inventions of all time: Electricity! There are many different ways to incorporate electro into your sex and kink. Within this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to make the experience pleasurable or torturous depending on which way you want it to go. What are the safety precautions to take when dealing with electricity? Want to learn how to play with orgasm control using… Read More

Rope Bondage Basics: Harnesses w/ Lolita Wolf

This class will cover a variety of body harnesses that are pretty as well as practical. These bondage techniques will work for all types of bodies and many different types of scenes. Bring two 30 foot lengths of rope with you, because in this class you will learn safely, in a hands-on manner. Bring a partner or find a match at the class! No experience necessary.

Beginner Rope Ties: Wrists, Ankles and More w/ Lolita Wolf

With just some simple turns of the rope and one simple knot you’ll be able to tie someone’s hands together, tie them to a chair, hog-tie them and more! The possibilities are endless. Bring a 30 foot length of rope, because in this class you will learn safely, in a hands-on manner. Bring a partner or find a match at the class! For real beginners, no experience necessary.

Cross-post: Dasya Yoga

Click here or on the following url to read the full article on Dr. Michael Aaron‘s Psychology Today blog, Standard Deviations:

Cross-post: Dasya Yoga—Self Development Through Surrender and Pain

Click here or on the following url to read the full article on Dr. Michael Aaron‘s Psychology Today blog, Standard Deviations: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/standard-deviations/201806/dasya-yoga-self-development-through-surrender-and-pain

Hormones & Handcuffs

How many trans or gender nonconforming people are involved in BDSM, nonmonogamy, or other forms of alternate lifestyles?  Actual numbers do not exist, but anecdotal evidence suggests percentages are significantly higher than in cisgender (non-transgender) populations.  Why? Those of us in the transgender and gender nonconforming community have nontraditional relationships with our bodies.  A large number experience bitter dysphoria pretransition, having spent decades tormented by a conflict between our inner identities and external selves.  So often this clash centers on genitalia, the most… Read More

The Kink-Poly Confluence, part 2

Continued from last week’s The Kink-Poly Confluence, part 1… The Kink-Poly Dynamic in Therapy Unfortunately, pathologizing attitudes towards kink and poly lifestyles persist among many therapists, therefore individuals with atypical sexualities or lifestyles may tend to avoid going to therapy, which can exacerbate the issues mentioned above1,2,3. When individuals do go to therapy, they may either avoid disclosure of their identifications or lifestyle, or try and suppress their desires in reaction to… Read More

The Kink-Poly Confluence, part 1

While there is very little academic literature that’s been published on the intersection of polyamorous- and kink-identified individuals, there are numerous mentions of people who identify as both kinky and poly in research on one or the other of the two communities. The overlap of kink and poly tend to be acknowledged, accepted, and depathologized in both communities, and consensual nonmonogamy (CNM1) or polyamory are sometimes considered the norm in certain kink subcultures2,3.  Following is an overview of this common confluence… Read More

The Eulenspiegel Society

By Michal Daveed, the Media Representative for The Eulenspiegel Society. Nowadays, BDSM imagery can be found in mainstream culture, but it’s a double-edged sword.  It can be hard to disentangle fact from fiction, and seeing jokes on primetime TV about bondage don’t offer community, or emotional support. But since before the “Fifty Shades of Grey” craze, and surely until long afterwards, The Eulenspiegel Society fills the gaps. The Eulenspiegel Society, or TES, has… Read More