Vote for Sex and Technology at SXSW

Dr. Carol Queen and some of her favorite colleagues from around the US are trying to converge on South by Southwest next spring to present a fabulous panel on sex and tech. You can help — register for the SXSW Panel Picker website and vote, and then pass it on via Facebook and Twitter. Voting ends tonight at 11:59pm CT! Here are details about the panel. Thanks, and see you at SXSW! VOTE NOW!

 

Old Tech, New Tech, Same Old Sex?

Description

In the 70s porn theaters were a social space; in the 80s VCRs made viewing private; the 90s saw the rise of internet porn and online forums, allowing a still private but more social anonymous space; in the 2000s we are online with porn; meeting, mating, and educating, and very, very social–but this may or may not lead us to greater comfort and ability and pleasure in live, skin-to-skin and face-to-face sexual space. A mix of old and new technologies lead us to ever-increasing ways to connect, share, learn, enjoy. Today we can bridge technologies to create a social sexual experience that balances the risk of exhibitionism and exposure with the presumed safety of anonymity. Historically, media representations of sex have generated new sexual identities and helped redefine existing ones. Mingling identities real and virtual in real and virtual spaces may let us synthesize the best of old and new… or will it shape our knowledge and expectations in increasingly unreal ways?

Questions Answered

  1. How does where we see/learn about sex change how we view sex?
  2. What is the relationship between public exhibitions of sex and sexual revolutions/attitude shifts?
  3. How does one create a public “safe space” for frisson and tension while disallowing boundary pushing behaviors in groups?
  4. Why did sex go underground with the advent of video-was this both due to personal privacy and also emergent technologies (video, credit cards) and cultural temperature?
  5. How does accessibility to communities online and off lead to greater exposure to education and safety around sexuality.

Speakers

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Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations is the premiere sex-positive, women-principled adult toy retailer in the US. An iconic brand and one of the world's first sex toy shops to focus specifically on women's pleasure and sexual education, Good Vibrations was founded by Joani Blank in 1977 to provide women with a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental place to shop for erotic toys. Good Vibrations has always included all people across the gender spectrum, and is a place where customers can come for education, high quality products, and information promoting sexual health, pleasure and empowerment. Customers can shop Good Vibrations' expertly curated product selection across any of its nine retail locations or on the GoodVibes.com website, where they can also find a wealth of information pertaining to sexual pleasure, exploration and education.

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1 Response

  1. Just a heads up… SXSW has extended the deadline to end of Tuesday, September 4th.

    Hope to see you all in Austin!