This year the ANTE UP! team has partnered with the creators of Sex Down South to bring a one of a kind sexual attitude reassessment (SAR) to the best little sex con in Georgia!
Bianca Laureano, CSES and Goody Howard, MSW are the dream team co-presenters for this intensive, two-day training for practicing and aspiring sexuality professionals.
The ANTE UP! SAR is unique because we will be guided by the goal of liberation with a focus on racial, reproductive, disability, immigrant, and media justice!
We must ANTE UP! and go all in for justice and healing.
This program meets the requirements for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselor, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 10 CEs that can be used toward obtaining or maintaining AASECT certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just Sex: Mapping Your Desire w/ Dr. J'aime Grant
What is Desire Mapping?
Desire matters. Desire Mapping is a tool that helps connect us to our internal, authentic sexualities and desires so that we can have the sex we want and be true to ourselves. During this workshop, we will begin to claim our desire by exploring and articulating our sex and desire story.
Many people come into the workshop with a belief that they don’t have a sex story. Or that our story doesn’t matter. But the truth is: Everybody has one. Whether we’ve had zero sexual partners or dozens of them, we have a sex story, and inside of our stories are markers of our likes and our dislikes, our passions and our fears.
The paradox of sexuality is that while a Hollywoodized, racist, heterosexist version of sex is forced on us as the measure of our worth and worthlessness -- the opportunity to discover and discuss our authentic sexuality is very much forbidden. Most often, we are sold a version of sexuality that stifles our deepest desires – and makes us question whether we have a right to even think about or ask for what we want.
During this workshop, we will ask you to remember and write about pivotal experiences – moments of desire that placed you in vulnerable, overwhelming or ecstatic territories.
These encounters may not have been physical per se, but they may have stirred up a strong physical or emotional response. They may have involved only a conversation or the briefest touch, or they may have happened in an important relationship. The reality is that sometimes we learn important things about ourselves and our desires in vague or even dangerous situations. Sometimes we learn them with meaningful, ongoing confidantes or partners.
Together, we will free ourselves from judgments about how and with whom we've encountered our desire and begin to claim it so that we can live in the truth and power of a liberating, grounded sexuality. Some participants may choose to share our discoveries, others may not. There is no ‘forced sharing’ in Desire Mapping.
Each of us has our own unique Map. And everything you need to know to create a vibrant, passionate sexuality is embedded in it. You just have to bring your story to light and learn how to use it.
• Map Our Desire;
• Sift through roadblocks to un-covering our truth;
• Consider what is most important about our newfound information;
• Learn strategies for sharing your map with casual or long-term partners;
• Commit to taking our next best steps while celebrating ourselves and each other!
Power of the Erotic: Embodiment and Practicing Disobedience w/ SisterSong
During the Fourth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Audre Lorde delivered her groundbreaking essay entitled, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” in which she poetically writes, “Recognizing the power of the erotic within our lives can give us the energy to pursue genuine change within our world, rather than merely settling for a shift of characters in the same weary drama.” Similarly, the Reproductive Justice framework was born out of the
idea that we needed to lead our own national movement to uplift the needs of the most marginalized people, families, and communities.
As a lesbian womanist Audre Lorde knew that the uplifting the erotic threatens our sexist and homophobic society. As a Black woman, she understood that the erotic challenges our racist society, because power of the erotic is most dangerous to powers invested in maintaining the existing oppressive systems and institutions.
In this workshop, we will explore:
The sense of satisfaction/pleasure as political.
The role of the erotic in protesting, organizing, and resisting oppression.
The relationship between womanism and the erotic as an agent of change.
The ways in which Audre Lorde’s meditation of the erotic is inherent in both the
Reproductive Justice framework and movement respectively.