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Gender Myths

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s article about the harm of misogyny in our culture, here’s a great one from Thought Catalogue about the pitfalls and inadequacies of gender stereotypes.

  • No, men don’t always want sex all the time.
  • Women can pay for dinner, clothes, cars, a home, etc. 
  • Men can clean a bathroom floor. 
  • Women definitely curse. 
  • Women can be pretty hilarious. They can also be pretty darn nerdy.
  • Men like all types of women… and all types of men.
  • Women and men dress in whatever clothes and wear whatever makeup they like because they want to.
  • Men have the right to commit, or not, to any relationship type.

Now, instead of “men” or “women” what if we just put in “People”?

Pervasive Misogyny

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A wonderful article in the Huffington Post about how we develop our understandings of pleasure based on what is “right” as told to us by family, friends, lovers and ourselves. From how we dress to how we moan, our sexuality is created through the lens of society. Anyone can “stop mimicking the worst parts of heterosexism.”

New Parents

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You tirelessly plan for everything within your power to keep your child safe and happy. You spend countless hours thinking over how to raise your child in an uncertain world. You take days to shop around and research the best crib, stroller, diapers, pediatrician, day care, and kindergarten teacher. Have you thought about how important your relationship is to the happiness and well-being of your child? Whether this is your first child or the youngest of many, come join us for a workshop on how to enhance your relationship to withstand the strains of parenting and enjoy the wealth of your family for a lifetime together.

Sunday, April 14th, from 2-4pm at the Plainview Holiday Inn. $30 per person. Call 516-690-6779 or e-mail RosaraTorrisiLMSW@gmail.com to RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Indian Public Displays of Kisses

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This New York Times article discusses how, in India, it is now becoming more and more acceptable for lovers, young and old alike, to show affection in public. While this may seem far off from what’s happening in your bedroom or with your relationship, fighting for the right to love who you love and to share it out-loud is still being battled in the US, many couples presently find it difficult to physically display their affection for their partners, and individuals with abuse histories continue to struggle with consensual intimacy. Seek help today! You deserve to have a loving relationship, a rewarding sense of your sexual self, and a satisfying level of intimacy with your partner.

Rosara Torrisi, LMSW is a Kink-Aware Therapist

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Rosara Torrisi, LMSW has been recognized by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) as a welcoming and Kink Aware therapist. You can view her profile on their website here.

The NCSF is THE resource for people who are seeking psychotherapeutic, medical, and legal professionals who are informed about the diversity of consensual, adult sexuality.

What does kink aware mean?
Kink-Aware Professionals have specific knowledge of kink concepts and lifestyles, have researched and educated themselves in these areas. Kink Aware Professionals likely have some previous experience providing professional services to individuals with these interests.

Make Jam in 2013

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What would it be like if we approached sex as a lifetime of jam sessions? This video by Karen B.K. Chan takes us through a great journey in understanding sexuality as collaborative, process driven, and pleasurable.

A Guide To Self Exploration (for women)

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Ever wonder why you should masturbate?

As A Woman’s Touch notes, “Besides feeling good, masturbation can strengthen your pelvic muscles, revitalize body tissues, fight insomnia, reduce depression, lessen period-related (menstrual) discomfort, and release emotional tension and stress. Masturbation is a way to learn what feels good to you without worrying about what anyone else thinks or needs. It can help you learn to build your arousal to higher levels, become orgasmic, or intensify your experience of orgasm. You can pleasure your own body with your own hands when you’re alone, or when you’re with a partner. You can use what you learn in your self-pleasuring sessions to show a partner what you like best. Masturbation is also a way to meet your own sexual needs if your partner is tired, ill, or on a different sexual rhythm. Masturbation is normal, healthy, and good for your body and your mind.”

Take a look at this great quick guide on female masturbation.If you’re thinking of incorporating some toys into your masturbation and self exploration, read through these tips from Babeland.

Positive Reviews For TRANS The Movie

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“When someone says to me, ‘What is this film about?’ I say, ‘It’s about human rights, injustice and discrimination,’” Mark Schoen, producer of “TRANS,” said. “And what I’ve learned is the gender spectrum is much wider than I ever thought it was and you know it’s not just transgender. There’s intersex, there’s genderqueer. I think the important thing is that we have to, as a society, let people be their authentic selves, whatever that may be.”- from The Eastern Echo