Sexology & Sexual Rights in Mexico!

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Yes, I know this pic is very fuzzy, but it is nevertheless an amazing artifact of social change in Mexico, where I am visiting as one of three keynote speakers at the FEMESS National Sexology Congress. Femess stands for Federacion Mexicana de Educacion Sexual y Sexologia, and they are gathering for their 17th, I think it is, annual Congress in Aguascalientes, with about 450 sexology and related professionals from all around Mexico and elsewhere.

This slide, from the morning’s opening presentation, illustrates that Mexico may soon be far ahead of many other countries in integrating sexual rights with other human rights. I’ll send a more complete report soon, but just wanted to put it on the record here at The Buzz — these rights are being considered by the federal congress in Mexico TODAY, and if adopted, will be added to the country’s constitution!

Just in case it helps you dig how monumental this potential law change is, check out the translation, provided by our own Elizabeth Rivera:

Sexual Rights
·         The right to have sexual freedom
·         The right to have a safe, integrated and free (autonomous) sexual body
·         The right to have sexual privacy
·         The right to have sexual equality
·         The right to have emotional, sexual expression
·         The right to have freedom of sexual association
·         The right to make free, responsible reproductive decisions
·         The right to information based on scientific knowledge
·         The right to integrated (holistic) sexual education
·         The right to prioritize sexual health

Bravo, sex-positive amigos/as en Mexico!

Dr. Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old in 2012, since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Good Vibrations Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing. She also curates the company's Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. She blogs at the Good Vibes Magazine and at SFGate's City Brights bloggers page and contributes to the Boston Dig. For more about her at carolqueen.com.

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