Our SEXxATL is happening on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 in Biltmore II. We are super excited to bring you some amazing speakers from the South! Check them out!
|9:30am||Bryan “Orion” Cook, LAPC||Polycommittal Relating|
|10am||Dr. Lindsey Doe, DHS||Stay Curious|
|10:30a||Dr. Mitchell Tepper, MPH||You Don’t Have to Break Your Neck to be a Great Lover!|
|11a||Dr. Elisabeth Sheff||The Privilege of Perversities|
|11:30a||Dr.Catherine Emerua, MD||Breaking Down the Orgasm|
|12p||Dr. Christopher K. Belous, LMFT||Where’s the Love? Positively Having Sex with Yourself|
|12:30p||Sean Saifa Wall||Reclaiming the Sex in Intersex|
Where’s the Love? Positively Having Sex with Yourself
Just about everyone does it – and if they say they don’t, they are probably lying. We’re talking about Masturbation, with a capital M. Self-love has been taboo and stigmatized, even shamed, but that’s about to change. By normalizing and promoting a sex-positive and affirmative stance on Masturbation, the speaker will shed light on some of the silly reasons why we don’t – and many more reasons why we should – positively have sex with ourselves.
Bio: Chris is an Assistant Professor with the Master of Family Therapy program at Mercer University’s School of Medicine, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences – located in Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital. He also serves as the Clinic Director for the on-campus clinical training facility, the Mercer Family Therapy Center – Atlanta. Chris has researched, written, and presented in the area of sex therapy, human sexuality, LGBTQIA, and the process of clinical training. He is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Gay Affirmative Psychotherapist, Certified Family Life Educator, and holds a Certification in College Teaching.
Breaking Down The Orgasm
The big O, climaxing, incredible seconds in heaven, yes, that magical place we desire to achieve during sex. The orgasm, we all have heard the word and hopefully had the pleasure of experiencing, but, do we really understand what they are? An orgasm is one of those natural, amazing and incredibly powerful gifts in life, aren’t your curious how it occurs and to make every single one better than the last. Let’s step into the world of sexual intensity coupled with mental stimulation and see what we can diagnose and conclude. I’m excited to entice your erotic education.
Bio: Dr. Cathy, as her patients affectionately call her, is a board-certified family medicine physician whose passionate approach to medicine is applauded by her peers. Currently operating three living and wellness centers in metropolitan Atlanta, Dr. Cathy focuses on holistic and alternative medicine, and is an expert on the treatment of sexual dysfunction brought on by hormonal imbalances. Specializing in sex therapy, she also counsels couples dealing with marital-intimacy issues. A hallmark of her medical practice is that she spends an hour with each of her patients.
In 2000 Dr. Cathy moved to Atlanta, where her gifts as a clinician and entrepreneur paved the way for a bustling, 7,000-patient medical practice, two nursing homes and a medical spa. Although prospering financially, Dr. Cathy discovered that money wasn’t everything: She grew weary of healing people while ensconced in an insurance-driven, revolving-door practice model that limited her contact with patients to a few minutes, at best.
So Dr. Cathy left her successful medical practice and started a new one designed to let her spend far more time with patients. As before, her medical practice is thriving largely due to Dr. Cathy’s remarkable diagnostic acumen and her exemplary bedside manner. An accomplished public speaker, Dr. Cathy is a contributor to bestselling author Jack Canfield’s upcoming book, `The Soul of Success.’ Dr. Cathy also has a line of weight-loss supplements, sex enhancers and is certified to administer platelet-rich plasma injections that heighten sexual pleasure. Catherine C. Emeruwa, M.D., is an extraordinary physician whose dedication to her patients is on par with her service to the metropolitan-Atlanta community, where her practice is located.
The Privilege of Perversities
This presentation begins with data that demonstrates that, world wide over the last 40 years, the vast majority of people who participated in research on consensual non-monogamy and BDSM have been white, middle or upper middle class, highly educated people. Using data from a metastudy of all the research on kink and polyamory that we could find through the end of 2010, we tracked race, class, and education levels. Dr. Sheff explains reasons for the whiteness and high levels of education of sample members and examines some research techniques to gain more diverse samples of kinksters and non-monogamists.
Bio: Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children. Sheff’s first book, The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Families and Relationships (2014, Rowman and Littlefield), is being reprinted in paperback in 2015, and her second book Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families (2015, Thorntree Press) comes out in October. An expert witness and Guardian Ad Litem with a background in academic sociology, Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, kink/BDSM, and issues facing trans* people. She is the CEO and Director of Legal Services at the Sheff Consulting Group, a think-tank of experts specializing in unconventional and underserved populations. You can find her blog on Psychology Today.
Media worldwide recognize Eli Sheff as an expert on polyamory, with interviews in US outlets like the Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, CNN, and National Public Radio, and international sources such as Semana magazine in Columbia, Mente e Cervello (the Italian edition of Scientific American), Elle magazine in Quebec, and the Sunday London Times. Dr. Eli has also done numerous interviews with online magazines like Momlogic.com and Seattle Met, and podcasts like Polyamory Weekly and How Stuff Works. In addition to appearing in the National Geographic television series Taboo episode entitled “Odd Couples”, the documentary BDSM: Education and Experience, and The Ricki Lake Show, Dr. Sheff has most recently made a live appearance on the morning show Sunrise in Sydney, Australia.
You Don’t Have to Break Your Neck to be a Great Lover!
You don’t have to break your neck to be a great lover. You can. I did, but you don’t have to. You don’t have to break your neck to free yourself from the restricted notions of sex you have been shackled with. I will share with you the profound insights into sex, pleasure, relationships, orgasm, and the importance of connectedness garnered from my own experience and that of others living with spinal cord injury that are revealed in my new book, Regain That Feeling: Secrets to Sexual Self-Discovery.
Bio: Prophet of Pleasure. Sexual Entrepreneur by Default. Pioneer in the Delivery of Sexual Health Information Online. Husband. Father. Person with a Disability. Man of Faith. Lifeguard, saving the world one orgasm at a time. Dr. Mitchell Tepper brings a lifetime of first-hand experience with Crohn’s Disease and spinal cord injury to his calling as a Sexologist. Mitch is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, Educator Consultant, approved CE provider, and Sexuality Counselor. He is also a sex coach, writer, researcher, and speaker.
After teaching Human Sexuality for many years I can tell you that we don’t know very much about sex and what we do know tends to change. Take for example the clitoris, thought to be the size of a baby carrot until just this millennium when we discovered that two crura of the clitoris extend four or more inches into the body. We’re constantly learning more about ourselves and the universe, teaching finite facts is a disservice to learners. If we really want to be amazing teachers and students of sexology then we need to learn more than what the textbooks offer, we need to learn how to learn about sexuality. We need to model shame-free, sex positive attitudes; give permission to ask all questions; and inspire a sense of curiosity. Because sexuality is a lifelong education not a 15-week course.
Bio: Lindsey Doe, DHS is a clinical sexologist, doctor of human sexuality, and online sex educator for a community of nearly 200,000 subscribers. You may have heard of her YouTube fame, a channel designed to sex edutain the universe called Sexplanations. The show, produced by superstar Hank Green, has accumulated over 18 million views across 100 nations; it’s published 150 episodes ranging from consent and gender to masturbation and porn; and it regularly receives feedback such as “You make the world a much better place.”
In 2001 Doe started as an editor for one of the first online forums for youth sex education, allaboutsex.com where she learned more about the lack of accurate and comprehensive sex education. After completed her bachelor’s in psych, followed by a masters in health and human performance, Doe went on to earn her doctorate at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality — the San Francisco based program known for educating other greats like Betty Dodson and Carol Queen. During many of these years and for years after, Doe also worked as an HIV prevention specialist and testing counselor in the nonprofit sector, taught Human Sexuality at the University of Montana, and managed a private practice in clinical sexology.
Now, in addition to hosting the YouTube channel Sexplanations, Doe travels worldwide to schools and conferences inspiring curiosity in others. She still works with clients in private practice and teaches the occasional sexual finesse workshop in her hometown of Missoula, Montana but views the opportunity to connect with communities like Sex Down South a very special part of her life and profession.
Have you ever been in a Polycommittal relationship? Where you reform the boundaries with your partner(s) again and again. Come join this workshop that explores some of the common issues faced, address how to take practical steps towards processing your psychological experience, and supports you to ask for what you need. Bring your own ideas to the table, as this will be a discussion group as much as didactic presentation. This talk will articulate psychological styles of communication, address how to reform commitments with a partner(s), and explore common issues faced in rotating the boundaries of commitment in a relationship.
Bio: Orion Crook received his MA in Psychology at University of West Georgia in a program that operates from Humanistic, Existential, and Transpersonal approaches in 2011 and is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. Throughout his college years he took ceramic classes and studied horticulture like a botanist. Since then he has opened a gardening company (Bio-philia.com), started a private practice (OrionPsychotherapy.org) that beyond traditional approaches such as Expressive Therapies with GLBT communities, adolescents, and everyday individuals. Orion is in the process of getting fiscal sponsorship with C4 Atlanta to create the TAR Project, a therapeutic artist residency that would grant scholarships to non-university artists to receive a year of group and individual sessions with Orion Psychotherapy. In his reality, the 4 pillars of collaborating with others, horticulture, performance, and healing uphold the foundation of the life he is creating. For Orion, art is in its expression, between the way we relate with others, in the meaning and therapy behind the work, and represented in the ways one sculpts their own life’s form.
Reclaiming the Sex in Intersex
What does sex mean to a person who is intersex? Given the mistreatment of intersex children and young adults by medical practitioners, the journey to sexual reclamation and liberation can be a long and arduous, but beautiful one. Although not having the answers except personal experiences and the stories of other intersex activists and affected individuals, Sean Saifa Wall will take his audience on a journey toward a deeper understanding of intersex and navigating sex as an intersex person.
Bio: Sean Saifa Wall is an artist, activist and writer. He is the founder of EMERGE (saifaemerges.com), a project that increases social impact through visual artistry. EMERGE is the compilation of his life work that is grounded in community encompassing both his activist and creative contributions. He originally hails from the Bronx, but has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, before settling in Atlanta, Georgia where he calls home.
Saifa has been published in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Untold Stories: Life, Love and Reproduction and most recently, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethicsjournal. He has been featured in the documentary, One in 2000, and has been a guest on Huffington Post Live and ABC News Nightline. In furthering his mission to increase the capacity of people to understand intersex issues and advocate, he was selected to present at the TEDx Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he delivered, “36 Revolutions of Change.”