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Sexceptional Lecture: Beyond Desire with Emily Nagoski, PhD

In her groundbreaking bestseller, Come As You Are, Emily Nagoski, PhD explored the science behind female sexuality. Now she takes you deeper into understanding responsive desire, arousal non-concordance, and the dual control model of sexual response. This workshop delves into the science of female sexuality, provokes personal and professional insight, and provides opportunities to create strategies for helping clients and patients navigate the complex world of desire and authentic sexual expression. Therapists, medical professionals, students, and individuals interested in science-based, body-positive, affirming sexual health knowledge are welcome to attend.


    • Identify the multiple facets of the mesolimbic cortex - liking, wanting and learning.
    • Explain arousal non-concordance, or why a person's genitals might respond to stimulation that is neither wanted nor liked.
    • Describe the relevance of the dual control model to sexual desire and pleasure.


    Emily Nagoski is a sex educator, author, research and activist who has a PhD in Health Behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University (IU), and a Master’s degree (also from IU) in Counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She also has a BA in Psychology, with minors in cognitive science and philosophy, from the University of Delaware. While at IU, Emily worked as an educator and docent at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex Gender and Reproduction. She also taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education.