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.