Guidelines for Submissions & Coversheet



In these perilous financial times “The Sexuality Cruise” is offering members of AASECT and other selected members of the medical, therapeutic, and educational community a new way of continuing their education while enjoying relaxation and adventure on a luxurious Caribbean Cruise Liner...all at a remarkably affordable price.  

            THE “INTIMASEAS CRUISE” DEPARTS: FEB. 7th, 2010

                        FROM: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA.

                       OUR DESTINATIONS: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands,

                       San Juan, Puerto Rico, The Grand Turk Islands

                         ... And A New Understanding of Female Sexuality 

Our Topic “What Do Women Want” is inspired by Sigmund Freud’s timeless question... 

“The great question that has never been answered and which I have not been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul is “What do women want?”                                              ...Sigmund Freud (1836 – 1939) 

Here was the man who created the link between sexuality and the psyche for generations to come, admitting that after 30 years of research into “the feminine soul,” that the entire landscape of female sexuality was still in effect “unexplored territory.”  

“What nonsense!” say some who quickly point out that it was Freud himself who proclaimed the clitoral orgasm “immature” and the mythical vaginal orgasm “mature.”  Freud’s comments made from his lofty perch as the father of modern psychiatry have been accused of ushering in generations of ignorance and indifference about female sexuality among a largely male population of practitioners who not surprisingly, found only one perspective from which to view the mysteries of sexuality...their own. 

In 2001 the Laumann Study in the American Journal of Medicine reported that “43% of American Women are suffering from some form of Sexual Dysfunction.”   

And so it is that for nearly 100 years the great question that Sigmund Freud took to his grave has remained largely unanswered ... “What do women want?” 

                                      That was then...This is now. 

Now...there are new voices being heard. ever increasing numbers women are becoming sex counselors, scientific sexuality researchers, educators, and therapists.


Now is the time for a new paradigm.  

      Now, RoseWorks & “IntimaSeas Co.” is sponsoring “The IntimaSeas Cruise,” a voyage of discovery to a new understanding of female sexuality. Application for CEs from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) has been submitted. 


The Keynote Speaker for “The IntimaSeas Cruise, 2010” will be Helen Fisher, Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University and the renown author of “The Sex Contract, the Evolution of Human Behavior” “Anatomy of Love, the Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray” “The First Sex, The Natural Talents of Women and How They are Changing the World” “Why We Love,The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love ” and most recently “Why Him? Why Her? Finding Real Love and Understanding by Your Personality Type” which will be released in paperback prior to our sailing. Helen will be beginning an extensive nationwide publicity tour for her publisher on board “The IntimaSeas Cruise.”   

Featured as a Plenary Speaker for the IntimaSeas Cruise and Conference will be sex therapist, teacher, speaker, researcher Gina Ogden, who has been called “America’s premiere voice for women, sex, and spirit”. Gina is the author of such books as The Return of Desire: A Guide to Reclaiming Your Sexual Passion (2008),Women Who Love Sex, (2007) and The Heart and Soul of Sex, (2006). Her educational video, Women Who Love Sex: Creating New Images of Our Sexual Selves, is in libraries and health clinics and universities around the country.    

Also featured as a Plenary Speaker will be Dr. Susan Kellogg-Spadt, Ph.D, CRNP.

She is the co-founder of The Pelvic & Sexual Health Institute at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia where she has been The Director of Sexual Medicine for 7 years. Dr. Kellogg-Spadt is an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and is a frequent lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania and The Planned Parenthood Federation. 

Additionally, the IntimaSeas Cruise is featuring as a Plenary speaker Dr. Carol Queen Ph.D, founder of San Francisco’s renown “Center for Sex and Culture,” and one of the owners of “Good Vibrations.”  She is a speaker, an educator, a performance artist, a “sexual explorer and adventurer” and the author of such books as “Real Live Nude Girl” and “Exhibitionism for the Shy.” Carol has also edited numerous collections of essays and erotica including “Best Bisexual Erotica,” “Switch Hitters,” & “PoMo Sexuals.” 




Our vision is an interdisciplinary one. It will require more than medical, psychological, and sexuality experts to redefine the current state of female sexual arousal, dysfunction, and fulfillment. It will require a new coalition of disciplines dedicated to advancing the cause of a greater understanding nationwide about how women’s sexual issues are currently addressed within the medical and sexual community, and in society at large.  

We encourage submissions that focus on female sexuality... the latest findings, the critical issues, the problems and the promise of new developments. All the feminine concerns that were ever swept under a carpet...we want to bring them to light. 

Following are just some of the questions that we hope will be asked and answered on board the Costa Fortuna during our intensive week of study and relaxation. We hope you will join us in this singular adventure to all the hidden places in female sexuality on “The IntimaSeas Cruise, 2010.”   

  • What is the true nature of female arousal? What turns women on?
  • Advances in scientific understanding of female arousal...MRIs and brain scans.
  • Relationship & Arousal: Desire & Being Desired
  • What is the nature of a “successful” relationship and what is “good sex?”
  • Sex & Marriage... is a 50% divorce rate teaching us anything?
  • Infidelity & Cheating
  • What is the pathology of an “unsuccessful” relationship and what are the sexual issues that are presented.  
  • Treatment of Sexual Issues in Marriage and Relationships  – what works?
  • What is “sexual fluidity” and the relation of desire to intimacy and emotional connections?
  • What is the latest data on female desire? Why do the machines say one thing and women say another?
  • Why are an estimated 30% of women...turned off, or complaining of a deficiency of desire?
  • Assessment and treatment of Women’s Low Sexual Desire and Arousal Issues
  • Are sexual desire in females and marriage, childbirth and raising a family mutually exclusive?
  • The genesis of a statistic - 43% of American women are suffering from some form of sexual dysfunction?
  • What are the clinical definitions of female sexual dysfunction?
  • Advances in treatment and medication.
  • The role of physical and mental therapy and medication in problems of sexual function.
  • “Boomer Sex” and the changing sexual landscape for the aging.
  • Cybersex – what’s in it for a woman?
  • How does culture and society define and restrict a woman’s pleasure?
  • How to achieve a positive sexual self image and open doors to endless pleasure without guilt.
  • Testosterone, oxcytocin, Flibanserin, and the search for a safe and reliable female aphrodisiac.
  • “Woman, heal thyself!” How can new avenues of communication between women revolutionize female sexual health and well being?
  • Female Sexual Fulfillment – Many women ask, “Is there such a thing?”
  • Issues about Orgasm... who has them, who doesn’t, why...and does it matter?
  • Sexual Dysfunction... If the numbers are right, what are we doing wrong?
  • Pain: New Therapies and Treatments
  • Psychology & Dysfunction – Vaginismus and related disorders...are they all in the head?     
  • The Male Paradigm... how does it effect, and exclude women.
  • Teenage sexuality... remember when you were young?... now it’s worse.


Suggested additional topics not noted here might address issues around same sex attraction and relationships, lesbian issues, racial issues, cultural and social issues, issues around alternative sexual practice and expression, issues of sexuality and disability, chronic illness. 


                                GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS

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                       Email to: 

In the event that you must ship something to us through the mail, the following address may be used: 

                                   Att: Chris Arnold


                                          6855 Santa Monica Blvd.

                                          Los Angeles, CA 90038 

Submissions will be considered in the following categories: 

1. Oral Presentations:  30 - 45 minute format before an audience, followed by a 15 minute Q&A period. Power Point or A/V presentations can be made within this presentation format and facilities will be provided for same. 

2. Workshop Presentation: 30 - 45 minute prepared presentation followed by a 30 - 45 minute discussion and “exercise” period with registrants in attendance. This format could be utilized by as many as three practitioners sharing a common topic. A 15 minute break will follow the presentation segment and precede the discussion and exercise period. “Exercises” can take many forms but are essentially ways in which the registrants present can either singly or in groups follow planned exercises or activities that might demonstrate a topic or concept. They might respond to questionnaires, tackle problems or scenarios suggested by the speaker and share their thoughts and ideas with the assembled group. Printed handouts to be used as activity or instructional guides should be provided by the speaker.  

3. Non-Traditional Forms of Presentation:  The Program Committee is open to other forms of presentation, which could include:  photography, music, dance and other cultural media, such as a film followed by a discussion or a panel.  Submission must include a theoretical or methodological aspect. 

  • An LCD projector for hookup to presenter’s laptop can be provided for presentations.

Presenters must provide their own laptops.


  • A/V equipment (such as a DVD projector and screen) can be made available by prior arrangement and must be requested in advance (preferably upon submission).

  • All proposals and presentations must be made in English



1. A completed copy of the Presenter’s Submission Cover Sheet. (see next page) (signature is assumed on email)  

2. One attached file of a 500-1000 word abstract that will provide adequate information for peer reviewers to evaluate the merits of the submission. Name this file as “last name of the first author” - long abstract. This abstract should include...


  • For empirical reports the author should provide a statement of the problem or hypotheses addressed by the research; subjects, procedures, and measurements employed; data analysis methods; results; and a brief discussion.

  • For Continuing Education, the abstract should include a brief “assessment of need” for the proposed presentation. This would describe the perceived “need” for your presentation and a summary of the problems, questions, and issues that you hope to address.

  • Also included should be a brief description of the learning objectives you hope the registrants to achieve (minimum of three). Note:  Learner-based words are helpful such as “At the conclusion of this course, the attendee will be able to: identify, list discuss, recognize, summarize, demonstrate, understand, implement, organize, facilitate, etc.”

  • You should also describe the structure of the session in detail, including steps that will be taken to protect the participants from harm or embarrassment. 

  • For continuing education, the abstract must also be accompanied by a vita for each presenter.

3.  One attached file of a brief abstract for publication in the program and on our website, single-spaced, and not more than 150 words in length. Name this file as “last name of the first author-brief abstract.”  You must include the presentation title and author’s name and affiliation.   

4. IMPORTANT NOTE: In the email subject line, please type 2009 Annual Meeting Abstract #1 and your last name.  If you are submitting more than one proposal, submit them in separate emails, and subsequently number the proposals accordingly.   


Click Here for Submission Cover Sheet