March 11th and 12th, 8-10am PST

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Spinning Off as You Get Off: Chem. and Recreational Sex in Kink Populations

Kinky folk, because of their interests in headspaces, altered states of consciousness, sensation-seeking and radical experiences, may be more open to using or experimenting with chemical enhancements or the use of drugs as preparation for a scene or as an element of the scene itself.

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Spinning Off as You Get Off: Chem. and Recreational Sex in Kink Populations

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March 11th and 12th, 8-10am PST

Zoom Webinar

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"Chemsex is defined as using certain substances immediately before or during sexual activities to facilitate, prolong and/or intensify sexual experience, mainly by some communities of men who have sex with men (MSM). Four substances are typically associated with chemsex: methamphetamine, mephedrone, GHB/GBL, and ketamine." (Bohn et al. 2020).  

Kinky folk, because of their interests in headspaces, altered states of consciousness, sensation-seeking and radical experiences, may be more open to using or experimenting with chemical enhancements or the use of drugs as preparation for a scene or as an element of the scene itself.  We know that people high in sensation-seeking are also more vulnerable to developing addictions to drugs/alcohol than people low in sensation-seeking.  At the same time, the kink community's emphasis and value on consent is a discourse that seems to admonish the use of mind-altering chemicals, creating a tension.  It is also the case that certain parts of the kink community might be struggling with sex, drugs and kink more than other parts of the community, through intersections with other sexual minority subcultures.  This workshop will review the latest research and discuss the clinical challenges in working with these sets of issues confronting some kinky folk.

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