Monthly Archives: March 2013

Unicorn Hunting, Poly Kids Speak, and Queer Academia, Oh My! See Elisabeth Sheff at Frolicon

See Elisabeth Sheff at Frolicon March 28-31, 2013 at the Sheraton Gateway hotel in Atlanta Georgia.

You can find more information about the Frolicon Think Track at

Friday from 5 to 6:30 pm Dr. Sheff will present “Freaky academia: Being Queer at the University” in Brussels:

Queerness can encompass a wide variety of identities and practices, and is unified by an overall rejection of normalcy. Kinky, poly, trans, or simply gay, navigating a queer identity in academia can create unique challenges and opportunities. Issues vary by stage of academia, and undergraduate students have slightly different issues (coming out, speaking in class, navigating same-sex relationships in the dorms) than graduate students (choosing research topics, committee members, teaching undergraduates), and junior faculty (making allies for tenure decisions, research and publication, interactions with students and colleagues) differ from tenured professors (mentoring junior faculty, shaping departmental policies and climate, interacting with students and administration), and those in university administration (shaping university-wide policies, strategic disclosure, interacting with junior faculty and other administrators). This session ends with a question and answer session focused on maximizing professional and academic success and minimizing the effects of sex-negativity and homophobia.

On Saturday from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm Dr. Sheff will discuss “What your kids in poly families REALLY think” in Capri 1 & 2:

In this presentation Dr. Elisabeth Sheff discusses the findings of her 16-year study of polyamorous families with children. Using data from kids between 5 and 17 years old, Dr. Sheff discusses what the children report as advantages and disadvantages to living in poly families, as well as the strategies they use to deal with the disadvantages. This session will close with a question and answer session focusing on polyamorous families.

Also on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 pm Dr. Sheff will talk about the “Dangers and Joys of Unicorn Hunting in Cyprus 2:

In this presentation we will investigate the dangers and joys of unicorn hunting. First we will talk about popular community conceptions of what makes a unicorn, and then move on to why they are in such high demand. Considering the unicorn hunt from the hunters’ perspective, we will talk about the desires that drive people to seek out the unicorn. Next, considering the unicorn hunt from the unicorns’ perspective, we will discuss the complexities of these relationships, the advantages and pitfalls, and ways to improve unicorn treatment. While unicorns and hunters are invited to attend and are welcome to cruise each other, the focus will not be on matching people with sex partners.

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Atlanta Poly Weekend Starts Today

The third annual Atlanta Poly Weekend starts today. Among the many amazing presentations, Ricci Levy of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance and I will be presenting on the Family Matters project and changing definitions of families. Later I will present the findings from the Polyamorous Family Study, and then on to the fun! More information at


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Did you miss hearing the live interview with Dr. Sheff on Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino? Hear it on VoiceAmerica

Listen to me on Tristan Taormino’s radio show “Sex Out Loud” on The VoiceAmerica Network. Click  on the March 8 show, I am the second guest.

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Live Radio Interview with Elisabeth Sheff Tomorrow 3/8 – Call with questions

Listen to me LIVE on Friday 3/8, 5:30 pm PST/8:30 pm EST on Tristan Taormino’s radio show “Sex Out Loud” on The VoiceAmerica Network.

Call in with your questions at 866-472-5788

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AASECT Spotlights Dr. Elisabeth Sheff

This month’s issue of Contemporary Sexuality, the publication of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) interviewed Dr. Elisabeth Sheff for their member spotlight. Check out the interview at

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