Did You Remember Your (Love) Life Vest? Polyamory in the Deep End

At FtBCon 2, we provided a panel on the basics of Skeptics Open Up: Polyamory in the Skeptical Community. Now, we return to the subject of polyamory to delve deeper. For this panel, we assume you have basic knowledge of polyamory, which you can gain from that panel and many other sources.

There’s more to polyamory than managing jealousy, multiple calendars, and safer sex. How do you decide whether and how to share your status as poly with family, co-workers, and other acquaintances? How do you blend family and finances? How do you explain polyamory to the children in your life? We’ll cover all of this and more from a panel with years of successful (and occasionally unsuccessful) polyamory.

Panelists: Neil Wehneman (moderator), Heina Dadabhoy, Danny Samuelson, Wesley Fenza, Miri Mogilevsky, Karen Hill

Did You Remember Your (Love) Life Vest? Polyamory in the Deep End

Reasonable Relationships: How Does Our Skepticism Influence our Romantic or Non-Romantic Relationships?

When we form relationships, it’s easy to think that just trusting our feelings is the way to go. This panel discusses how and why to be skeptical about relationships, and goes through some of the common logical fallacies that people make regarding their relationships. We’ll discuss how confirmation bias, wishful thinking, the sunk costs fallacy, and regression to the mean can influence our decisions about who to date, how to date, and when to end things.

Panelists: Wesley Fenza (moderator), Chana Messinger, Franklin Veaux, Miri Mogilevsky

Reasonable Relationships: How Does Our Skepticism Influence our Romantic or Non-Romantic Relationships?

The Humanism of Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry was a Humanist, and his television show, “Star Trek,” featured many Humanist elements. Scott Lohman, former president of the Humanists of Minnesota, will be your tour guide into the Humanism of Star Trek. Even if you aren’t a fan of TOS (The Original Series), Scott will be exploring what it is about science fiction which allows it to explore more taboo ideas in popular culture than other genres.

Speaker: Scott Lohman

The Humanism of Star Trek

How to Stay Positive in a Negative Online Environment

Strife and harassment in our movements aren’t going away anytime soon, but we still have work to do. How do we keep from letting the negativity control our lives? How do we find the will to make good things happen when people are constantly trying to stop us?

Panelists: Monette Richards, Amy Davis Roth, Lauren Lane, Stephanie Zvan, Raychelle Burks

How to Stay Positive in a Negative Online Environment

Kinky Sex: Learning the Ropes (See What We Did There?)

“Kinky” is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean? Learn the basics of power exchange, fetishes, and all the different ways you can relate with others and/or have sex (but might not have imagined before!) We’ll also talk about ways to get involved in the kink scene, and how kink intersects with other matters of sexuality such as polyamory and being queer.

Panelists: Neil Wehneman (moderator), Heina Dadabhoy, Danny Samuelson, Trina Gardinier, Dan Williams

Kinky Sex: Learning the Ropes (See What We Did There?)

Become a Secular Safe Zone Ally

Secular Safe Zone allies have the potential to make a huge difference in a young person’s life. We may be role models for others and empower them to speak against prejudice in their own lives. Secular Safe Zone allies will work with young people through one of the most difficult problems they’ll ever face during one of the most difficult times in their lives. Being a Secular Safe Zone ally is an enormous responsibility with great potential to make a difference.

Speaker: Pete Zupan

Become a Secular Safe Zone Ally

Asexual Spectrum Atheists

An asexual is someone who doesn’t experience sexual attraction. While it’s a simple definition, we will correct common assumptions, and explain the the asexual spectrum through our personal experiences. We will discuss obstacles faced by asexual-spectrum folk and why it’s important to be aware of it and talk about it. And completely unique to this panel, we’ll discuss the good and the bad of how our experiences intersect with atheism and skepticism. This is especially important considering that the asexual community is predominantly non-religious right now.

Panelists: Tristan Miller (mod), Cerberus, Elizabeth, Erin

Asexual Spectrum Atheists

Abortion 101

For such a contentious issue, exactly how abortions are performed is still shrouded in mystery to the general public. This has the unfortunate consequence of allowing misinformation to spread. This presentation aims to give a basic overview of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and medicine abortions and the myths surrounding each. CONTENT WARNING for depictions of fetal remains.

Presenter: Niki Massey

Abortion 101

Kumbay-Ahh-Ahh-Ahhh!!!: Building a Community Around Shared Sexual Interests

There are plenty of national organizations that will help you build up a community around secularism, knitting, or a variety of other shared interests. But what about a shared interest in, say, polyamory or kink? Having sex be an explicit part of your community introduces both challenges and benefits. Our panelists will share their years of experience building and running successful communities where sex is a significant part of what brings them together.

Panelists: Neil Wehneman, Wesley Fenza, Karen Hill, Trina Gardinier

Kumbay-Ahh-Ahh-Ahhh!!!: Building a Community Around Shared Sexual Interests