Schedule

ALL TIMES LISTED ARE PACIFIC TIME ZONE. *Schedule may change*

FRiDay October 14th

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04:00 PM - 04:45 PM - The Sex Addiction Panic and its Religious Roots

Darrel Ray

This session is eligible for .75 Credit Hours. In order to record your CE Credits, you will need to attend the session live and respond to the attendance survey that will pop up during the live session. Religion uses sex to control us and keep us in the religion. Over the last 50 years, religions within the Christian sphere have found new ways to use sex and sexuality in the service of the religion. We will discuss how the concepts of sexual and porn addiction have evolved to create the Purity Culture of Today.

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04:45 PM - 05:00 PM- Break

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05:00 PM - 05:45 PM - Aren't you a little old for that? Exploring the experience of a formerly religious Later-in-Life Lesbian

Rebecca Williams

This session is eligible for .75 Credit Hours. In order to record your CE Credits, you will need to attend the session live and respond to the attendance survey that will pop up during the live session. "Aren't you a little old for that?" These were the first words my then-10 year old child said after coming out to her when I was 39 years old. She's right, and also not. Drawing on a combination of personal experience and my expertise as a therapist, in this talk I'll explore the various factors that keep people in religiously conservative groups from exploring and identifying their own identities and orientations. 

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05:45 PM - 06:00 PM- Break

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06:00 PM - 06:45 PM - A Life of Unlearning – From Gay Shame to Gay Pride 

Anthony Venn-Brown

People often say I don’t understand gay pride. I say that’s because you’ve never experienced gay shame. The awakening of sexuality for the heterosexual young person is often a time of exploration and discovery. For the young gay person, awareness of their orientation brings with it fear. Fear of what others will think. Fear of how they will react. Will I be accepted or rejected? Will I go to hell? Within the Christian world, those fears are compounded with shame. You’ve heard nothing positive about being gay or gay people. Perverted, evil, sick, destroyers of all that is good in the world, abominations. And so the secret internal struggle between “good” and “evil” begins, building an identity of self-hatred and self-loathing. Before the truth can set you free you need to understand the lie that kept you enslaved.

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06:45 PM - 07:45 PM - Happy Hour at the Shameless Cafe

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WELCOME to Happy Hour at the Shameless Café

The Shameless Cafe is a casual gathering space providing opportunities for you to mingle with other attendees and speakers. Here, you can ask questions and trade insights about Shameless sessions and other topics.  As with all Shameless sessions, the Safer Spaces agreement is in effect, with a strict No Proselytizing rule. 

Join us for this community event!

Saturday October 15th

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09:00 AM - 09:45 AM - Confessions of a Good Girl from the Projects

Mandisa Thomas

Mandisa Thomas will discuss her experiences and exposure to sex at an early age, despite her mother's "attempts" to steer her clear from it. She will also discuss how parents can have better conversations and provide good information about sexual health and desires, especially when they come from vulnerable neighborhoods."

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09:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Break

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM - Orgasm Gap: Causes and Solutions

Laurie Mintz, Ph.D.

This session is eligible for .75 Credit Hours. In order to record your CE Credits, you will need to attend the session live and respond to the attendance survey that will pop up during the live session. In this presentation, Dr. Laurie Mintz will expose the orgasm gap between cisgender women and men.  She will expose startling statistics and societal causes of this gap.  She will also address the language we use around sex, including the concept of losing one’s virginity and how this contributes to sexual issues such as the orgasm gap.  Dr. Laurie will also reveal scientifically sound methods to empower women to orgasm, both culturally and in individual bedrooms.

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10:45 AM - 11:00 AM - Break

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM - The Continuing Religious Trauma of Demands for Purity

David Teachout

This session is eligible for .75 Credit Hours. In order to record your CE Credits, you will need to attend the session live and respond to the attendance survey that will pop up during the live session. In this talk we’ll discuss human sexuality, its foundation for human relationships, and how to work through the potential trauma that purity culture perpetuates. The most insidious quality of many religious traditions is a belief in the inherent absence of good in people apart from a connection to deity. Often referred to as ‘sin,’ it is a way of looking at the very nature of our humanity and seeing something rotten, or set apart from what is good and pure. When this is centered on a basic trait like sexuality, a primary way of reflecting on ourselves and how we relate to others becomes cause for shame, malignant self-doubt, and anxiety. 

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11:45 AM - 12:00 PM - Break

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - The Assumption of  Purity: Using Purity Culture to  Control Disabled Women’s Bodies

Charone Pagett

How much of this narrative is influenced by Purity Culture, when purity is assumed yet marriage is taken out of the equation? What does this mean for the disabled woman’s sexual experience; and in fact, her whole body experience? In this talk, I will explain how the intersection of Purity Culture and ableism play out on the bodies of disabled women.

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12:45 PM - 01:30 - Break

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01:30 PM - 02:15 PM - Remedial Consent Education for Former Fundamentalists

Marie LePage
 

If you grew up swimming in a sexual philosophy that taught you to be coy about your needs, to be aggressive with your needs, to read between the lines, or didn't teach you anything at all, you may find that you avoid the topic of sex, you zone out for it, don't find the appeal, feel panicked, hold a lot of sexual trauma, and feel sexually inexperienced and frustrated. Let's discuss what we missed in our sexual education. How do we from a humanist standpoint remediate our dysfunctional sexual education so that we have the freedom to know what we want, ask what we want, and gracefully navigate negotiations in sexual situations. 

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02:15 PM - 02:30 PM - Break

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02:30 PM - 03:15 PM - Fireside Chat with Dr. Marlene Winell

Dr. Marlene Winell & Janice Selbie

Janice Selbie - Founder of CORT, Divorcing Religion Workshop, & Shameless Sexuality: Life After Purity Culture, Divorcing Religion
Marlene Winell, Ph.D - Director, Journey Free

Join Shameless Sexuality host, Janice Selbie, for an intimate chat with religious trauma pioneer, Dr. Marlene Winell, exploring the intersection of religious trauma syndrome and purity culture.

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03:15 PM - 03:30 PM - Break

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03:30 PM - 04:30 PM - More than Monagamy Panel

Janice Selbie

Featuring:

  • Janice Selibie - Founder of CORT, Divorcing Religion Workshop, & Shameless Sexuality: Life After Purity Culture, Divorcing Religion

  • Katherine Roberts

  • Keith Mullin

  • Mandisa Thomas - Founder and President, Black Nonbelievers

  • Marie LePage

 

From pansexuality to polyamory, join us for a discussion that is guaranteed to be about More than Monogamy.

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04:30 PM - 05:30 PM - Happy Hour at the Shameless Cafe

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WELCOME to Happy Hour at the Shameless Café

The Shameless Cafe is a casual gathering space providing opportunities for you to mingle with other attendees and speakers. Here, you can ask questions and trade insights about Shameless sessions and other topics.  As with all Shameless sessions, the Safer Spaces agreement is in effect, with a strict No Proselytizing rule. 

Join us for this community event!

Sunday October 16th

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09:00 AM - 09:45 AM - The Walk of No Shame: Awakening The Slut Within

Amal Alhuwayshil 

 Am I brave to express myself openly and freely? Unapologetically myself. Present, expressive and embodied inside and outside the bedroom.While the archetype of the good girl is empowered and demanded of us, the archetype of the slut is oppressed and looked down upon. Here's the thing, the slut gives no f··· about what others think or say, the slut does what the slut wants. The slut lives life seeking and indulging its pleasures. No fear of hell, no fear of consequence, no fear associated with pleasure. Just pure pleasure for the sake of pleasure.  

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09:45 AM - 10:00 AM - Break

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM - Dating and Sex After Purity Culture

Erica Smith

This session is eligible for .75 Credit Hours. In order to record your CE Credits, you will need to attend the session live and respond to the attendance survey that will pop up during the live session. In this workshop, sexuality educator and creator of The Purity Culture Dropout Program will walk you through the things you should know if you feel that you're beginning to date or have sexual partners "later in life" or with very little info. Erica will cover the basics such as how to get started, communicating with partners,  stepping off the "relationship escalator," how to address shame that my show up, and how you can have a safe and enjoyable sex and dating life post purity 

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10:45 AM - 11:00 AM - Break

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM - Sexual Desire and Response: Addressing Lasting Influences from Purity Culture

Dr. Lauren Walker,  Psychologist

Purity Culture has a lasting effect on beliefs about sexuality which in turn impact ability to express oneself sexually and increase the likelihood of experiencing sexual inhibition. Many people describe experiencing low sexual desire, and this can be directly related to sexual beliefs. Sexual desire can be expressed in different forms, learn how to understand sexual desire including differences between spontaneous and responsive sexual desire, and how to intervene at various points during a sexual encounter, in order to improve sexual arousal and desire.

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11:45 AM - 12:00 PM - Break

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Eroticism/Kink/Fetishes

Dr. Steven Davidson

This session is eligible for .75 Credit Hours. In order to record your CE Credits, you will need to attend the session live and respond to the attendance survey that will pop up during the live session. This presentation will examine the subject from a clinical perspective. How are eroticism, kink and fetishes defined? Is it normal or safe to be kinky? Are fetishes a sexual disorder? Is eroticism bad? Dr. Steven Davidson is a clinical sexologist in private practice. He is the author of Sexual Integrity: Finding the Courage to be Yourself. He is a regular speaker and health educator on the subject of sex including eroticism, kink, and fetishes. 

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12:45 PM - 01:30 PM - Break

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01:30 PM - 02:15 PM - Moving from Shamed to Shameless

Janice Selbie, RPC

Registered Professional Counsellor and religious recovery consultant Janice Selbie shares how Purity Culture impacted her personally and offers some practical steps for overcoming sexual shame.   

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02:15 PM - 02:30 PM - Break

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02:30 PM - 03:15 PM - Sexual Purity and the Construction of White Women's Racial Identity

Dr. Sara  Moslener

This presentation offers a historical analysis of sexual purity as a gendered
stereotype that was created to maintain racial separation. As such it has contributed significantly
to a set of norms and behaviors that define white womanhood. The contemporary purity
movement thrives, in large part, because it was forged within a color-blind context which allows
white evangelicals to promote sexual purity without considering its racial and racist implications.

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03:15 PM - 03:30 PM - Break

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03:30 PM - 04:15 PM - The Betrayal of Purity Culture and How I Healed

Alice Greczyn

Author and actress Alice Greczyn shares how her upbringing in evangelical purity culture led to a marriage betrothal when she was seventeen years old. Her talk explores the symptomatic overlap that can occur between purity indoctrination and sexual abuse, and through the telling of her own unexpected path to healing, Alice offers us encouragement to find our own.   

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04:30 PM - 05:30 PM - Happy Hour at the Shameless Cafe

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WELCOME to Happy Hour at the Shameless Café

The Shameless Cafe is a casual gathering space providing opportunities for you to mingle with other attendees and speakers. Here, you can ask questions and trade insights about Shameless sessions and other topics.  As with all Shameless sessions, the Safer Spaces agreement is in effect, with a strict No Proselytizing rule. 

Join us for this community event!