6th Alternative Sexualities Conference a Success!

On Saturday, September 28, seventy-two scholars, community members, researchers, therapists, counselors and graduate students gathered at the San Francisco State University downtown campus to spend a full day hearing the latest research on swinging, polyamory, asexuality, BDSM/kink, leather, and fetish sexualities and communities.

The event was hosted by the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, part of the SFSU.

Dr. Amy Stone started out the day with a keynote address entitled "Similar Networks, Different Movements: Comparing the LGBT Movement to Activism about Alternative Sexualities" - which was a great comparison of the similarities and differences between the LGBT communities and the Kink/BDSM/leather communities / consensual non-monogamy movements and the difference in activism - in spite of having very intermingled roots back in the 50s and 60s.  Be on the lookout for her work, as Dr. Stone is working on publishing her analyses in the near future.

The rest of the day brought 15 different presentations, involving sociological analyses, clinical practice reflections and techniques, research reports, and roundtable discussions.  

The day ended with a plenary address by Dr. Charles Moser, reviewing the current DSM-5 take on paraphilic disorders and the lack of empirical support, clinical utility, and diagnostic/logical problems with the disorder entries as published. 

The next Alternative Sexualities Conference will be May 22, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.  Hope to see you there!

September 30, 2013 / News