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Contemporary Relationships: Queering Consent

  • St. David's Bethel Hall 301 E. 8th Street Austin, TX Unites States (map)

COM|PASSionate REVOLT is so excited to be a part of the Contemporary Relationships Conference 2015 in Austin, TX! The Contemporary Relationships Conference is dedicated to creating dialogue around the health and well being of our relationships and utilizes a unique format which invites conversation within and between single individuals, those in relationships and supportive professionals and allies! We'll be offering a workshop on: 

We’ve come a long way from assuming consent based on the donning of denim and under the cover of marriage—and, yet, reverberations of the beliefs these inequities were steeped in still remain (around us and within us.) Furthermore, with the visibility of kink communities, non-monogamous relationships, asexuality, community produced pornography and acceptance of casual sexual encounters amongst friends on the rise, the rules of engagement have changed. Add in the use of toys, prosthetics, costumes and props, swirl it together with a little bit of light spanking, dirty talk, genderqueer tops/bottoms, tie it up in a lovely Shibari rope demonstration, and place that pretty little package in a dungeon, to challenge our beliefs about gaze and public consumption, and you’ve got quite the sexuality sundae intersected with contemporary relationships! Consent can get complicated, but it is invaluable to happy, healthy, fulfilling sexual (or asexual) relationships. In this workshop we’ll cover the following: • Getting Down with Your Desires + Under the Covers with your Body Boundaries: Exploring cultural/societal forces on our sexuality, starting a dialogue with our bodies and articulating personal consent. • Sexual Summit: Learning how to speak to and hear your partner(s)’ desires, needs and expectations around their body(ies), affirming language and acts and setting the rules of engagement. • Cumming While Consensual: Incorporating (ongoing) consent into play that holds awareness of past challenges, triggers and traumas while also allowing for exploration, new growth and sexual fulfillment!

We’ve come a long way from assuming consent based on the donning of denim and under the cover of marriage—and, yet, reverberations of the beliefs these inequities were steeped in still remain (around us and within us.) Furthermore, with the visibility of kink communities, non-monogamous relationships, asexuality, community produced pornography and acceptance of casual sexual encounters amongst friends on the rise, the rules of engagement have changed. Add in the use of toys, prosthetics, costumes and props, swirl it together with a little bit of light spanking, dirty talk, genderqueer tops/bottoms, tie it up in a lovely Shibari rope demonstration, and place that pretty little package in a dungeon, to challenge our beliefs about gaze and public consumption, and you’ve got quite the sexuality sundae intersected with contemporary relationships! Consent can get complicated, but it is invaluable to happy, healthy, fulfilling sexual (or asexual) relationships. In this workshop we’ll cover the following:

• Getting Down with Your Desires + Under the Covers with your Body Boundaries: Exploring cultural/societal forces on our sexuality, starting a dialogue with our bodies and articulating personal consent.

• Sexual Summit: Learning how to speak to and hear your partner(s)’ desires, needs and expectations around their body(ies), affirming language and acts and setting the rules of engagement.

• Cumming While Consensual: Incorporating (ongoing) consent into play that holds awareness of past challenges, triggers and traumas while also allowing for exploration, new growth and sexual fulfillment!

Visit the Contemporary Relationships Website for more information!

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