Heading to ATX next week for the Contemporary Relationships Conference May 13th & 14th!
Clearing the Cache:
Demystifying and Destigmatizing the Consumption of Pornography in Contemporary Relationships (Crail B)
Traci Medeiros-Bagan, LMFT- Anaheim, CA, and Kristel Penn, BA - Los Angeles, CA
There is a lot of work done around the problematic nature of pornography: how it represents our sexuality, what the acceptable amount (if any) it’s okay to consume, and the politics of the industry itself. Even the most sex positive of individuals, couples, and providers may find themselves a bit shy when it comes to our own personal browser histories. Still, the numbers remain the same. The industry continues to boom. There is a lot of porn being watched and not always by the demographic you might think. So why is there so much shame around it? If we’re all doing it, why can’t we talk about it? Is it possible that breaking the silence around the consumption of commodified sexuality might also shed some light on our most private pieces of identities and relationships?
Start the discussion around destigmatizing and demystifying our culture’s consumption of pornography.
Create a basis for the consideration that there are ways the consumption of pornography may have value and empowerment properties for the individual and the relationship.
Give some recommendations on how to open up communication about what we are drawn to, why, and how it can increase intimacy and self-awareness.
Poly 101, or 2, or 3 . . . (Crail B)
Lindsay Legé, LMSW - Austin, TX
Poly 101, or 2, or 3 . . . will offer the workshop participant a basic understanding of types of non-monogamous relationships they might encounter personally or professionally. The group will engage in some “Myth Busting” around understanding non-monogamy in a monogamous culture and will be encouraged to internally explore their own biases. Initial recommendations will be made on how to assess for readiness to work with this population and how to move towards being an affirming and knowledgeable clinician. Lastly, the workshop will offer resources for further study.
Participants will gain basic knowledge around definitions and an understanding of differences between identities and relationship structures.
Participants will have common myths dispelled and assess for their own internal biases about working with this population.
Participants will leave with a list of resources to take away and recommendations for continuing study.