CARAS 4th Annual Conference: Keynote by Dr. Gloria Brame
Dr. Gloria Brame, author of “Different Loving” and “The Truth About Sex” and a clinical sexologist, delivers the keynote address at the 4th annual Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) conference in this 50-minute clip. Brame focuses her remarks on how professional therapists and researchers can advocate for the world of alternate sexuality, such as helping clients embrace their fetish, instead of being shamed by it. She also considers how common past mistakes by sex therapists can be avoided. Many therapists in the past have restricted their treatment of clients to a specific problematic fetish, for example, without considering underlying root causes (“sex is never just about what happens in the bedroom”). Brame then shares her observations on the age at which most kinky people develop their interests — possibly as early as childhood, but more often in a person’s middle age. Fetish sexual development in children and teenagers is also discussed, as Brame explores the importance of the adolescent period in men and women and how many kinky people end up wounded during this period of their lives and often end up in therapy. Brame’s observations on the history of kinky sexuality, the stigma of feeling forced to conform to social norms, and the difference between addiction and compulsion comprises much of the last third of the clip. Please visit https://carasresearch.org for more information
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