Monthly Webinar Series
August: Between the Pages: Women and Their Engagement with Kink
August 22, 3 p.m. PT. Registration opens August 1.
Women do kinky activities. They do them alone, with partners, and in groups. Yet, in the academic literature, kink was thought to be a male-only phenomenon. Sexologists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries believed that masochism was the natural state for women; therefore, it was impossible to study female sexual masochism and that sadism and fetishism were exaggerations of male desires rare in women. This disparity is what fueled the Kinky Women Research Study in 2010. Outlined in this presentation is the background of the study, including the purpose, hypotheses, methods, and some of the results. The co-authors of Women and Kink: Relationships, Reasons, and Stories will discuss the various levels of engagement these women shared. Each person’s engagement with kink is unique, from only in fantasy to a core identity, and everything in between!
Julia Schiffman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), author, sex educator, and community activist. For over a decade, she has volunteered for various causes, including the San Diego LGBT Community Center, local kink organizations, and as the Outreach Coordinator and Board Member for the Center for Positive Sexuality. She aims to be a visible community member at events, rallies, conferences, and community spaces. In San Diego, California, Julia provides therapy services in her private practice, focusing on trauma-informed and interpersonal issues with individuals, couples, and non-monogamous/polyamorous families. The population she serves are those from gender, sexually, relationally, and diverse (GSRD) backgrounds, including kink, BDSM, sex work/adult industry, LGBTQ, and non-monogamy.
Jennifer Rehor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and a Clinical Supervisor. She is the founder and owner of Affirming Therapy Center (ATC) in San Diego, California, a group private practice with a team of sex-positive clinicians who are committed to serving people of gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD), including LGBTQ, heterosexual, kink, BDSM, sex work/adult industry, single, monogamy, non-monogamy, swinging, polyamory, and a variety of relationship dynamics and family configurations. Jennifer’s personal involvement with kink began in 2003, when she started attending workshops, play-parties, and kinky weekend retreats. These experiences inspired her to pursue a career in Sexology, and, as part of her Master’s Thesis in the Human Sexuality program at SFSU, she conducted the original research that led to the data presented in Women and Kink: Relationships, Reasons, and Stories.
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