Opening Plenary | Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sexual & Social Liberation: Connecting Our Pleasure to Our Power

Presented by: Dalychia Saah

As we work to imagine and build a more liberated world, we are tasked with deconstructing external and internal oppressive ways of being. We exist in a culture that sends us daily messages that we are less than, should feel ashamed to be our authentic selves, to operate in competition instead of collaboration, that institutional violence and exploitation are the norm, and that we are not powerful enough to actualize liberation. These messages are also internalized, normalized, and perpetuated through our intrapersonal and interpersonal interactions. Through unpacking and challenging the ways that we’ve been separated from our authentic selves, our most loving and erotic selves, our most liberated selves, we will begin to identify how pleasure can serve as a pathway to sexual and social liberation.

About Dalychia

Dalychia Saah is an educator, writer, and the co-founder of Afrosexology. Afrosexology creates educational content and workshops that centers the pleasure and liberation of Black people. Afrosexology’s work covers topics such as masturbation, self love, enhancing communication in relationships, radical twerking, oral sex, body agency and much more. Through Afrosexology, Dalychia has created space for thousands of people of color to reclaim their sexuality. Dalychia believes that systematic forms of oppression can be overthrown by a reclamation of intra- and interpersonal power. She is an adjunct instructor at the Brown School of Social Work, where she teaches courses in social theory, social justice, and sexuality. Dalychia’s work and words have been featured in HuffPost, Vibe Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Playboy, Broadly, and others.