Ruth Neustifter: Reducing Conflict

Ruth Neustifter, PhD, RMFT, RP is an openly sex-queer, non-binary gender-queer, polyamorous, and kinky sex-positive advocate that aspires to base their work in anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches. Ruthie’s pronouns are they/them. Their work includes being the Academic Program Director at the University of Guelph’s Couple & Family Therapy program, faculty facilitator of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Lab, co-chair of the Guelph Sexuality Conference, and author of The Nice Girl’s Guide to Talking Dirty. Their outreach and qualitative research has most recently included topics and focuses such as: trans and genderqueer experiences of micro-aggressions in healthcare, intimate relationships of adult learners, experiences of queerness on campus, defining sex/gender/kink outness, BIPOC definitions of outness, non-physical aspects of dating violence, texting-based sex education, and BDSM & body image. Creative, applied, and accessible dissemination of data-driven findings are a major component of their efforts. Ruthie strives to meet potential knowledge users where they are, including at: sex parties & orgies, fetish spaces such as dungeons, sex toy stores, and kink events, as well as churches, homeless shelters, health centres, and police stations. They are actively engaged with on-going learning and work around anti-oppressive practices and continue to strive to decolonize their work in all areas.

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