Kink and Sexuality Research Organizations

All of these organizations are dedicated to positive sexuality and or alternative relationships and sexual identities. Organization descriptions are be pulled from their respective websites. This is not exhaustive and I encourage you to add to the list in the comments and if your organization would like to be included in the list, please email [email protected].

Kink and BDSM Research

Community-Acadmic Consorium for Research on Alternative Sexualities

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CARAS is dedicated to the support and promotion of excellence in the study of alternative sexualities, and the dissemination of research results to the alternative sexuality communities, the public, and the research community.

Founded in 2005, the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) is a national-level, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports research addressing understudied sexualities, with a current focus on kink/BDSM/leather/fetish sexualities, related sexwork, and consensual non-monogamous relationships such as polyamory. Employing a community-based research model, CARAS has assembled a network of academics, clinicians and respected members of these communities who will work directly with researchers to promote scientific and other forms of scholarly research.

The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance

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TASHRA is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit with the important mission of improving the health and healthcare services of individuals who are involved in alternative sexualities.

As champions of Kink competent healthcare,  TASHRA supports empirical research on this misunderstood and often pathologized sexual-minority. 

Our vision is a world where fear of prejudice and discrimination does not prevent people involved in a broad variety of sexual interests and activities from receiving caring, compassionate and competent care from physical and mental health professionals

The Science of BDSM

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The Science of BDSM Research Team is led by professor of social psychology, Dr. Brad Sagarin, and composed of academics and community members. Members of the team include graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of fields, professors of psychology, clinical psychologists, and kinky people who are interested in supporting research. The team aspires to produce and disseminate quality research on BDSM (bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism), and kink related topics.

The team seeks to understand the nature, dynamics, motivations, and effects of BDSM activities and relationships. To do so, it is committed to designing and conducting ethical studies, thoughtfully analyzing and interpreting data, and disseminating the results in as objective a manner as possible.

The team assumes that many people do BDSM for psychologically healthy reasons, and believes that de-pathologizing BDSM will help the scientific community and the BDSM community. The team anticipates that its research will yield a mix of findings, some congenial to a view of BDSM as healthy and some not, and it is dedicated to being open and transparent about all of its findings.

Open Minded Health

This is a blog dedicated to gender and sexual minority health issues, research, and news. My name is Rose Lovell. I started Open Minded Health as a way to help the community back when I was a pre-medical student. From 2011 when it was founded to 2018, as I went from my pre-medical education through medical school I was able to dedicate the time to keep it updated. However, when it came to residency (that intense period of training after residency before a physician can practice independently) I did have to take an unintended hiatus.

Now I am reaching the end of my residency training. I can begin to be able to turn my mind to the future. I’m looking forward to being able to bring Open Minded Health back! Look for possible updates in July or August, 2021. Expect some housekeeping on older posts as I gear back up.

General Sexuality Research

Canadian Sex Research Forum

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The Canadian Sex Research Forum grew out of conversations that began in 1969 between a small group of individuals at the University of Calgary. The intention of forming the group was to bring professionals working in the area of human sexuality in Canada together to form a multidisciplinary organization. Members would be committed to the advancement of sexual science and find common ground through their shared involvement in sex counseling or therapy, sex education, and/or sex research.

Conversation continued and the first official meeting took place in Calgary in 1972. In these early years, meetings alternated between Banff, Alberta and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

The emphasis of CSRF meetings has always been to share ideas and information among colleagues. Small meetings sizes encourage collaborative discussions and knowledge exchange between members and provide unique opportunities for members to get to know each other well. CSRF is a supportive network of professionals working in a variety of areas related to human sexuality in Canada.

CSRF continues to meet in various locations across Canada, alternating among western, central, and eastern locations. 

Center for Positive Sexuality

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Established in 2007, the Center for Positive Sexuality is a 501c3 non-profit educational and research unincorporated association. Our mission is to address social issues through sex positive research and education.

A sex-positive perspective acknowledges the wide range of human and sexual diversity among individuals; a multitude of sexual identities, orientations, and practices; gender presentations; and the need for accessible healthcare and education. Sex positivity also encourages open and safe communication, ethics, consent, empowerment of sexual minorities, and the resolution of various social problems that are associated with sexuality.

Our mission to provide information to professionals, students, and others is consistent with the World Health Organization’s definition of sexual health which includes “a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being related to sexuality…” requiring a “…positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence” and that “the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected, and fulfilled.” (2002)

If you would like to know more about the individual educators, please go to our Educators page. If you would like to know more about the individual researchers, please go to our Researchers page.

The Center for Positive Sexuality is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and has given presentations and delivered papers at various conferences and conventions across the U.S and internationally.

This project is funded personally by the volunteers as well as through public and private donations and grants. If you would like to contribute to the furthering of sex-positive information and education, please donate today.

International Academy of Sex Research

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The International Academy of Sex Research is a scientific society whose objectives are the promotion of high standards of research and scholarship in the field of sexual behavior by fostering communication among scholars engaged in such research. IASR promotes the dissemination of research through its annual meeting and publication of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

La Trobe University

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The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) conducts world-class research and education on the social dimensions of sexuality, gender, health and human relationships. We work collaboratively with other researchers, communities, community-based organisations, government and professionals to advance knowledge and promote positive change in policy, practice and people’s lives.

Our mission will be achieved by pursuing three aims:

  • Advance new knowledge and learning
  • Maximise research impact
  • Enhance capacity for world-class research

Sex Research and The City

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Jocelyn Wentland is a sex researcher completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Jocelyn is a member of the Human Sexuality Research Laboratory in the School of Psychology. She is working under the supervision of Dr Elke Reissing.

Jocelyn’s primary research interests include casual sexand female sexuality. Other research interests include evolutionary psychology including mate selection, the role of physical attraction, and short-term mating, the “technologized” dating script erotic photographysex education, and women’s health.

Jocelyn completed her undergraduate honours Psychology degree under the supervision of Dr Jan Cioe in 2003 from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan in beautiful British Columbia. For her thesis, she explored the reasons why women engage in casual sex. The results: women do it for the same reasons as men…feeling horny, novelty of new partners, and ‘doing the forbidden,’ to name a few.

In 2006, Jocelyn graduated from the University of Guelph where she completed a Master of Science under the supervision of Dr Ed Herold and Dr Serge Desmarais. Jocelyn’s master’s thesis focused on differentiating highly sexual women from less sexual women. See Media for more information on this research study.

For her doctoral research, Jocelyn has returned to her previous research on casual sex and is focusing on defining various casual sex relationships such as one night stands, booty calls, f*ck buddies/f*ck friends, and friends with benefits.

Society for Sex Therapy & Research

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Our mission: To foster clinical sexuality practice and research

In order to fulfill our mission, we subscribe to the following values:

  1. To encourage the highest standards for research and practice.
  2. Respect and dignity for the individual and his/her/their views.
  3. The right to open, thoughtful, and civil discussion among the membership.
  4. The refusal to censor opinions/presentations that may generate controversy.
  5. To welcome a diverse membership with regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and sexual preference.
  6. To expect that members will follow the codes of ethical conduct specific to their discipline.

The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

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The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality is dedicated to advancing knowledge of sexuality and communicating scientifically based sexuality research and scholarship to professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

SSSS provides valuable benefits for members throughout their professional lives.
Take advantage of SSSS’s many publications, resources, and professional discounts!

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