[POSTPONED: DATE TBD] ONLINE: The Science of Kink w/ Shay Tiziano

  • Hosted by Wicked Grounds
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To all the geeks who think a ridiculous PowerPoint deck, multiple choice poll questions, and an extensive bibliography sounds like a good time, this one’s for you! Extreme science nerd Shay will provide a broad overview of their favorite kink-related (or kink-applicable, or even just too damned interesting to leave out) studies and geeky tidbits and relate these to a ridiculously broad array of BDSM topics. From cognitive biases to hedonic reversal to pain processing to mirror neurons, we’ll examine questions as basic as “why are we into this kinky stuff, anyway” and as specific as “what is the science behind intermittent positive reinforcement” and “how does disgust relate to arousal?” For science!


Shay Tiziano is a vivacious femme switch and geeky science nerd. Their background as a healthcare professional informs their risk-awareness focused approach to education. Shay is the author of Tying & Flying, the first-ever book about self-suspension, and Creating Captivating Classes, a guide to kink education. Based in San Francisco, Shay has over a decade of experience presenting classes that mix edutainment and research. Based in San Francisco, Shay is the stages & entertainment co-lead for the Folsom Street Fair and produces the acclaimed bondage and fetish performance event Twisted Windows. She hosts events including BENT, Rope Lab, and Friction, as well as curating performance showcases for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival Aerial & Bondage Stage, Tethered Together, Ropecraft, and San Francisco Pride’s Leather Alley.


$15 - $35 in advance. Please pay at the level you can comfortably afford.

We offer a sliding scale, so that cost is not a barrier to attendance.

The regular ticket is $25. This is what most people should pay.

The $15 ticket is offered for those for whom the $25 ticket would be a barrier to participation. If $25 is too much, we take your word for it! Just pay $15.

Have a great salary? Feeling generous? Paying at the $35 level allows us to make the discounted ticketing available to others who need it.

So - that's it! Choose the level you can comfortably afford.

Patreon members at the VIP+ level may get discounted tickets for $10. Just see your Patreon membership emails for this month's discount code. Find out more at!

If cost is a barrier at any level, please use the "Volunteer List" to request a free scholarship ticket. We will award as many scholarship tickets as we an on a space-available basis.


This will be a live, online class offered through Zoom. To participate, you will need to download the free, basic version of the Zoom app before the class! This class will not be recorded and is not available for later viewing.

Zoom now provides closed captioning which will be available for this event.