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Speaking with Dr. Diane Duan

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At our September education event, Dr. Diane Duan will cover the basics of working with polyamorous and ethically non-monogamous clients in therapy. We spoke with Dr. Duan about her interest in this topic. Speaker Interview How did you first become interested in clinical work with polyamorous clients? I first became interested in working with polyamorous […]

Speaking with Dr. Sakshi Tickoo

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At our July education event, Dr. Sakshi Tickoo will teach on the intersection of kink and chronic illness/pain. We spoke with Dr. Tickoo about her passion for this topic and her work as a sexologist and occupational therapist. Speaker Interview Why is the topic of kink and chronic illness/pain important to you? As a person […]

Introducing KPACT’s New Multi-Professional Directory

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You Asked, We Answered For years, KPACT therapists have used the private Google group to find referrals to other kink- and polyamory-affirming mental health practitioners but also when looking for informed and aware doctors, lawyers, massage therapists, physical therapists and others who are kink- and polyamory-affirming.    KPACT therapists have wanted a professional directory where they […]

Speaking with Adria Kurchina-Tyson

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In our July 2023 workshop, “In Decolonizing Kink,” Adria Kurchina-Tyson discusses the structural, colonial nature of compulsory vanilla relationships/sexuality and demonstrate the “coloniality” of kink-phobia, reviewing the fundamental differences between Indigenous frameworks of desire/relation and those of the settler state. Adria shared some additional thoughts with us for this interview. Speaking with Adria Kurchina-Tyson How did you […]

“What’s in a Label?” — Being Non-Binary with a History of Trauma

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There are reasons for using labels. They can be very useful, in an elemental way. To label something is to identify it and categorize it, which makes it easier to talk about, and therefore easier to share. Labels can promote intimacy and community, and when more and more people agree on the usefulness of a label then it gains more power. For instance, I am a person (and not— to my great regret— a golden retriever puppy), but there are a lot of labels I use to guide people’s attention to the parts of me that I want to represent, discuss, and work on.

The “Rough Sex” Defense: New Developments for Consent and the Law

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Content warning: this piece includes the mention of violence, sexual assault, and police misconduct.  Until recently, there was no legal definition of affirmative consent for adults who use force or restraint during erotic power exchange and roleplay. Instead, U.S. case law has found, based on moral objections, that consent is not a defense to assault—even […]

Getting Your Kinks In: Neurodiversity and BDSM

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KPACT is excited to host psychotherapist Stephen Ratcliff and dominatrix Eve Minax on April 14, 2023 for “Getting Your Kinks In: Neurodiversity and BDSM.” We asked Eve and Stephen to tell us a bit about their interest and experience with the topic. Want to learn more from these knowledgeable practitioners? Join us on Zoom on […]

A Rainbow is Not Enough: The Whiteness of BDSM

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Alexandra GoldOct 11, 2020 Reflecting on the Whiteness of BDSM In a 2020 academic study, the “Overwhelming Whiteness of BDSM: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Racialization in BDSM”, Kat Martinez, Associate Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, explores “the relationship between what researchers have described as inclusive BDSM communities that continue to naturalize […]

Love’s not Color Blind: Polyamorous People #4: “When I Show Up at These All-White Events and I Feel Uncomfortable, I’m Not Quiet.”

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Kevin A. Patterson, M.ED.February 22, 2017 It started when I brought my girlfriend and her friend to this West Indian festival in Toronto. I made some jokes about young sexually active people partying and drinking, but I didn’t think it meant anything. It ended up meaning everything. Next thing you know, the three of us are rolling around together back […]

The Intersection of Kink, Healing & Disability

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Our May KPACT presenter, carrie sarah kaufman, shared with us a poem she wrote on the intersection of kink, healing and disability. Ihave been so conditioned to give care if i want to receive it.  Tobetray myself to meet my needs.Disabled,i have heardIam a burden in every relationship. WheelchairMommy with chronic pain Iknow the power in my vulnerabilityIknow the wisdom […]

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