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Los Angeles, California: January 6, 2016 — Susan M. Block, Ph.D., a.k.a., “Dr. Suzy,” internationally renowned sexologist and best-selling author of The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace through Pleasure (Gardner & Daughters Publishers), will deliver the keynote address for Practices of Ecosexuality, the First Symposium on Ecosexuality in the Caribbean, to be held on-campus at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM).
Block’s keynote, “The Bonobo Way: An Ecosexual Paradigm for Humanity,” poses the question, “Can we learn to make ‘peace through pleasure’ from our Great Ape cousins?” Inspired by the real bonobos (pan paniscus), it presents these fascinating, close genetic cousins of ours as a new primate model for humanity in terms of sexuality, war, peace, gender equality, community and “ecosexuality.”
“The ‘killer ape’ paradigm, based on our better-known relatives, the competitive, male-dominant common chimpanzees, has long been used by anthropologists and arms dealers to explain and excuse human violence, rape and war,” says Block. “Bonobo apes are at least as close to humans as common chimps, but rarely rape and never kill each other. Instead, they utilize consensual sexual activity, the sharing of resources, female empowerment, recreational play, hedonic kindness, ecosexual intelligence and lots of hugs to diffuse violent tension before it descends into murder. Can we humans learn to ‘make like bonobos (not baboons)’ and live in harmony with each other and the Earth? At this turbulent point in human history, it’s worth a try. Perhaps, if we study these amazing creatures—as well as save them from the seemingly imminent extinction that humanity’s bad habits have forced upon them—we can crack the bonobo code of ecosexual peace through pleasure.”
Other Ecosexuality Symposium speakers include UPRM Professor Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, Ph.D. and Lindsay Hagamen, co-editors of Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love, the award-winning collection that brings together the voices of 30 leaders of the ecosexual movement; Marsha Scarbrough, author of Honey in the River: Shadow, Sex and West African Spirituality; Music Director Mariá Virginia Sánchez Cintrón; award-winning author and UPRM Professor Linda M. Rodriguez Guglielmoni, Ph.D.; “Conscious Communication” Master Trainer Taber Shadburne, M.A.; Agadilla Poet Dr. Anya Trahan; ecosexual poet and activist Karen Hery; Puppetry artists Linda and Camille and more, along with a screening of Drs. Annie Sprinkle’s and Beth Stephens’ documentary, Good-bye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story.
Block’s Bonobo Way Keynote is scheduled for 10:45 – 11:45 AM on January 28, 2016, at UPRM’s Teatro Figueroa Chapel, the first event of the Symposium. She will also conduct a workshop on January 29, 3:30 – 4:15 PM, entitled, “Release Your Inner Bonobo: A Different Kind of 12-Step Program,” which weaves stories, studies, theories and fantasies into possibilities and a practical path of action that enables a very personal “Ecosexual RƎVO˩ution,” deepening “ecosexual intelligence” and “bonobo awareness” of our global interconnectivity through empathy, eroticism and play.
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—HUFFINGTON POST book review by Steve Karras
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—”TANGENTIALLY SPEAKING” Podcast Interview with Sex at Dawn author Chris Ryan, Ph.D.
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—Dr. SerenaGaia Anderlini D’Onofrio, co-editor of Ecosexuality
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—Dr. Patti Britton, American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Past President
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—Vanessa Woods, Duke University primatologist and author of Bonobo Handshake
“Brilliant… A great book about human sexuality.”
—Sherry Rehman, Sr. VP of Pakistan People’s Party & former Ambassador to the U.S.
“Amazing! Dr. Susan Block is an ecosexual visionary.”
—Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., ecosexual artist and filmmaker
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—Progressive News Network interview with Dr. Diana Wiley
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—CITIZEN LA Inside the Pleasure Compound with Dr. Susan Block
“AMAZING… The Bonobo Way shines a light on humanity’s capacity for peace.”
—Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, author of Wired to Create
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—Christian Bruyère, producer of Champions of the Wild
The Bonobo Way is available in kindle and paperback on Amazon or direct from the publisher. A portion of all proceeds from book sales goes to Lola ya Bonobo and the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, as well as other organizations actively helping to protect and save the highly endangered wild bonobos from extinction.
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