July Topic

Decolonizing Kink: Colonial Pathologies and Clinical Practice

July 7, 2023 6:00-8:00 PMPay what you can

In Decolonizing Kink, Adria Kurchina-Tyson will discuss 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. Kurchina-Tyson invites us to work together in this workshop to challenge racial-sexual pathologies in clinical knowledge, resist prescriptive frameworks of consent and desire, and get kinky about healing!

Based on the content of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Name and explain the structural, colonial nature of compulsory vanilla relations/sexuality
  • Identify the coloniality of sexual norms around desire, kink, BDSM
  • Challenge (internal/one’s own and external/social) colonial interpretations of kinky desires
  • Facilitate (safer, anti-colonial) meaning-making around non-normative relational dynamics