From June 14-17, 2018 I attended the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists annual conference. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by people who believe in sexuality education and sexual health. I attended 10 panels and plenaries in four days and was thoroughly exhausted by the end.
I learned about the intersections of race, sexuality, body image, and oppression ("I Don't See Color or Race": Latin@ Bisexuality at the Intersections of the Erotic, the Exotic and the Dangers of Colorblind Racism -- Miguel Munoz-Laboy, DrPH; Race is a Body Image Issue: Expanding the Sexological Understanding of Body Image Issues -- Sonalee Rashatwar, MSW, MEd).
In her plenary lecture, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, I got to see the great Peggy Orenstein, journalist and author of the books "Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life" and others. She spoke about how society is pressuring girls and women into certain sexual and gender roles and how we can combat that with sex education.
Erika Hart, MEd, a "kinky, poly, cancer-warrior, activist, sexuality educator and performer" shared her story about navigating breast cancer as a black, queer woman and the lack of education around sexuality and sexual functioning for those with cancer (Sexualizing Cancer).
I sat in on a discussion of sex and disability, and why it's important for health professionals and those in the helping fields to address sexuality for folx of all abilities (The Art of Disability and Sexuality -- Jennifer Summers, OTD, MOT & Robert Andy Coombs).
Maria Trent, MD, MPH, spoke about strategic approaches to helping young women in high STI prevalent communities stay healthy, and a few new STIs that don't yet have little research results and no FDA-approved treatment options (Passion, Pleasure, and Sexually Transmitted Infections).
In Sexual Shame - What Research Says, and Why it is Worse in the U.S. Than You Think, Tina Schermer-Sellers, PhD, LMFT, CST, CSTS & Kristin Hodson, MSW, CST, spoke about the intersections of sexual shame, religion, and mental health.
Browse some collected tweets and photos of some of the highlights of the panels and conference on Wakelet.