Sacred Sexuality

Your facilitators are Cyndi Darnell & Barbara Carrellas Explore, embrace, and expand your authentic, ecstatic sexual self. Learn to confidently embody pleasure, understand desire, celebrate playfulness, and enjoy infinite erotic possibilities through Tantric practices, mindfulness, discussion, movement, sound, and breath. Learn how pleasure complements soulful self-inquiry. Discover how integrating eroticism into spiritual practice sustains our vision for a more heart-centered, connected world. You’ll have permission to bring your whole self to sexual… Read More

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

The Monster Under the Bed: Sex and Relationships in the Face of Depression

Almost everyone has had some interaction with depression. That said, many of us don’t know how to handle it becoming part of our love lives and popular responses to the topic leave much to be desired. JoEllen Notte, author of The Monster Under the Bed: Sex, Depression, and the Conversations We Aren’t Having, and sex therapist Cyndi Darnell will discuss how depression (and the stigma surrounding it) can affect all of us… Read More

All About the Meat

Oral sex – everyone assumes we all know how to do it, but what do we REALLY know? Join us for the annual Steak & BJ Day as Shag shows you how to enhance your oral performance and learn how to be a giving lover to your penis-owning partner. First 10 people get a free gift 🙂

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

Celebrate the Sex Workers Project at emPOWER 2015

Click here for tickets! Cross-posted from The Sex Workers Project event page: Come celebrate the success, community, and future of the Sex Workers Project! SWP is the only US organization offering client-centered legal and social services for sex workers and trafficking victims. All tickets include an open bar and hors d’oeuvres until 9pm. Allies, Activists, and Sponsors will also receive access to VIP mezzanine with a private bar, and added bonuses. Stay… Read More

Celebrate the Sex Workers Project at emPOWER 2015—next Thursday!

Click here for tickets! Cross-posted from The Sex Workers Project event page: Come celebrate the success, community, and future of the Sex Workers Project! SWP is the only US organization offering client-centered legal and social services for sex workers and trafficking victims. All tickets include an open bar and hors d’oeuvres until 9pm. Allies, Activists, and Sponsors will also receive access to VIP mezzanine with a private bar, and added bonuses. Stay… Read More

Celebrate the Sex Workers Project at emPOWER 2015!

Click here for tickets! Cross-posted from The Sex Workers Project event page: Come celebrate the success, community, and future of the Sex Workers Project! SWP is the only US organization offering client-centered legal and social services for sex workers and trafficking victims. All tickets include an open bar and hors d’oeuvres until 9pm. Allies, Activists, and Sponsors will also receive access to VIP mezzanine with a private bar, and added bonuses. Stay… Read More

Depathologizing Casual Sex

I recently read an interesting albeit brief article discussing research on casual sex, and calling out the different types and functions of casual sexual encounters (click on the following to read)… …and I really appreciated that it calls out the oversimplification of these types of sexual interactions. I often have a strong reaction to the way that certain words are reductive, and used to pathologize or stigmatize non-reproductive sex—casual sex, hypersexuality, promiscuity to name a few. The phrase “casual sex”… Read More

The Scaffolding of Sexual Consent

The definition of sexual consent remains a contentious and controversial topic. Some accept a broad definition of consent that allows for implied agreement, while others insist that sexual consent should always be explicitly stated. To those unfamiliar, BDSM interactions might seem to exemplify coercive sexual practices, though consent is integral in non-pathological BDSM interactions. The article described in the abstract below examines the nature of BDSM interactions in order to clarify the line… Read More