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?


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.



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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!