Episode Description

In this week’s episode, I am thrilled to welcome to the podcast, the lovely Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou, PsyD, a Psychoanalyst, from her home in New York. 
NYU’s Avgi Saketopoulou explores some riveting questions in her new book, Sexuality Beyond Consent. Rather than buy into the notion that trauma can be cured, she reroutes our attention to what traumatized subjects do with their pain. Concerned with forms of sexuality that lay beyond consent, Avgi discusses why such sexuality may be worth risking and explains how risk can become a way of soliciting the future. She argues that those who surrender to the fact that their pain cannot be eliminated can sometimes do things with trauma. Central to the transformational possibilities of trauma is a queer form of consent, limit consent, that is not about guarding the self but about risking experience.
The erotics of racism offer a paradigmatic example of how what is proximal to a violation may become an unexpected site of flourishing. The book concludes by theorizing currents of sadism that, when pursued ethically, can animate unique forms of interpersonal and social care.
It has been my pleasure to have Avgi join me, and I know, my listeners, that you will enjoy the episode. Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey. If you wish to connect with Avgi, you can check out his website links below. 
Website: https://avgisaketopoulou.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/avgolis98/
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About The Host

Marlene McConnell

Marlene McConnell is an author, podcast host, self-love teacher and trauma survivor. She believes that trauma recovery is accessible to everyone, and that it starts with the acknowledgement that something has happened to you combined with a willingness to heal. McConnell’s book and podcast was inspired by the realization that she touched many lives by sharing her story at a support group. Her message of hope not only resonated with the survivors, but also with the family members and friends who supported them at the group sessions. Marlene is also an attorney who holds B.Proc, LLB and LLM law degrees. She loves travel, Pilates, nature, learning new languages, and good food.