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The Bonobo Way: An Alternative Great Ape Paradigm for Human Sexuality & Transformational, Healing Pleasure
Description: Inspired by real bonobos, the Bonobo Way presents an alternative great ape paradigm for human sexuality, healing, conflict resolution, therapy and community. The "killer ape" model has long been used to explain human nature. However, bonobos are just as close to humans as common chimpanzees, but never kill each other. Instead, bonobos utilize sex, play, female empowerment and male well-being to diffuse violent tension. This workshop will deepen bonobo awareness with steps to release participants' and their clients' "inner bonobo."
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: distinguish a bonobo from a baboon through their features, behaviors and culture, identify some aspects of bonobo sexuality, interpersonal relationships, body positivity, gender power balance, issues of consent, conflict resolution and community; discuss how key aspects of bonobo culture to human sexuality, relationships and community as well as "our shared resistance to systemic oppression" are relevant for educational and therapeutic settings.