We Had a Great Time At The Sex Summit!
Between the Quickies and the Sex Summit, I’m still recovering from the amazing weekend we had. It was a jam-packed adventure and although I’m waiting on photos from the Quickies before writing about them, I’m too excited about the Summit to wait. 🙂
When we first started planning the Summit about a year ago, we took a lot of time to think about what we wanted the event to be and what we wanted everyone to get out of it. One of the things I’ve noticed at sexuality conferences is that some of them are primarily academic, some focus on specific issues like the media or sexual medicine, and many aren’t really accessible to the (you should pardon the expression) lay public. So we were hoping to create an event that would bring all of these threads together. We wanted deep thought about the things that people experience in their daily lives. We wanted lively conversation about big topics. We wanted to see a bunch of people from different communities get together to geek out. And I feel incredibly pleased at how that all turned out.
The keynote speakers all had a lot to share. Debby Herbenick talked about her groundbreaking research about people’s sexual practices and experiences. Marty Klein’s discussion of some of the more challenging debates in sexual health, such as porn and relationships, got a lot of people thinking. And Brian Alexander wrapped things up with some interesting and controversial perspectives on sexual culture.
We also had some amazing panel discussions that looked at things like what sexual health really means, how laws and censorship affect sexual research as well as relationships, and what role the media has in sex education. There was so much to keep track of that I was really glad we recruited a top-notch tweet team. They kept the internet updated all day long with the #SexSummit hashtag, so you can go back and catch the highlights. (Note to conference organizers- it’s really worth it to find some skilled and dedicated tweeters instead of relying on attendees.) There was much too much discussion and conversation to be able to summarize it, so it’s a good thing we video recorded the event. We’ll have highlights available online as soon as we get them edited.
Of course, since this was our first conference, there were bound to be ways in which we could have done things better. If you made it to the Summit, we’d really appreciate receiving your feedback and we have a form on our website to make it easier. Please take a moment to let us know what worked and how we could improve the next event we put together!