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Sex Science Social: Navigating Consent in the #MeToo Era
May 23, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
“You cannot give consent if you’ve had any any drugs or alcohol in your system”
“Yes means yes. No means no. There is no gray area”
“Nonverbal communication doesn’t count as real communication”
Every day we are bombarded with inaccurate, moralistic, and pseudo-scientific information and advice about sex and relationships. How do you figure out what’s true and what’s not?
About the Event:
One special evening each month, Dr. Zhana hosts an evening of geeking out over sexual science on a current, interesting, and useful topic followed by a BYOB social with like-minded folks at the gorgeous Hacienda Villa in Brooklyn, New York. She presents the research, explains the science, and holds a group discussion to hear your thoughts and questions. The question we’ll be exploring this month is consent in the era of #MeToo.
The #MeToo movement has uncovered decades of sexual harassment and assault in nearly every single area of life from entertainment to business to interpersonal relationships. While conversations around consent have become more common, we still struggle to talk about a certain “gray area” of consent that goes beyond the simplistic “yes means yes” narrative. This month, Dr. Zhana will discuss how to practice enthusiastic consent and ongoing communication to help you navigate more complex situations of consent.
About Dr. Zhana:
Dr. Zhana is a sex researcher, NYU professor, writer, and podcaster with a passion for bringing accurate sex science to the modern world. She’s doing the work of sifting through the long, complicated research papers to bring you the key takeaways with real-world application. Her goal is to use evidence-based information to help you make sense of your own sexuality, clear up confusion, discuss things you don’t feel comfortable asking your friends about, and help you navigate the diverse and fascinating world of sex.
Frequently Asked Questions:
“Are singles welcome?”
Yes! This is not a partnered event, so all are welcome. EACH PERSON MUST RESERVE A TICKET.
“How much do tickets cost?”
All tickets are donation based and “pay what you can.” Suggested donation is $20-$40, but whatever you are willing pay is perfectly acceptable.
“Is this a play party?”
No. This is a clothes-on educational event. There is no touch of any kind involved, and none of the suggested exercises are mandatory. Dr. Zhana will be there to support you in providing a safer space for you to participate.
“Will there be food and drinks?”
The event is BYOB. Snacks and water will be provided.
“I can’t find the address!”
The address will be sent to you upon ticket reservation. Hacienda Villa is a private residence so for the safety and comfort of the housemembers, the address is not disclosed publicly.
“I can’t make it in person. Will it be recorded?”
Yes! The event will be live streamed from Dr. Zhana’s Facebook Page, and it will remain on her page after the recording is over. If you are able, we ask that you purchase the “Watch Online” donation-based ticket to watch the live stream to help support Dr. Zhana’s work.
“What is your refund policy?”
All of Dr Zhana’s events are donation based with the hope to make accurate sex education available to all, regardless of financial status. When reserving a ticket, you are making a donation to support the efforts of Dr Zhana and The Hacienda Community in educating the masses on these important subjects. Therefore, donations via ticket reservation are non-refundable. You are welcome to watch the live stream on Dr. Zhana’s Facebook Page.
Two volunteers are needed to help event preparation and cleanup (approximately 30 minutes before doors open and up to one hour after event). Please email [email protected] if you’d like to help us out!
Doors Open: 7:30pm
#legitsexscience Lecture and Q&A: 8:00pm -10:00pm
Presentation starts at 8pm SHARP. Please don’t be late.
Social: 10:00pm – 11:00pm