We’re Getting Ready For Momentum!

We’re just two weeks away from Momentum, which promises to be an amazing event. The organizers have gathered some really amazing speakers, including Dr. Joycelyn Elders (who I was fortunate enough to hear speak at the 2011 conference for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex). I’m also looking forward to seeing Lynn Comella, Jaclyn Friedman, Dr. Ruthie Neustifter, Nancy Schwartzman, Chloe Angyal, Bill Taverner, and lots of other wonderful folks. You can check out the full schedule here.

Of course, the highlight of the weekend for me is that I’ll be on the keynote panel, as well as presenting, as will my wonderful colleague Dr. Carol Queen. Here’s what we’re up to:

Opening Keynote Plenary: Momentum: Making Waves in Sexuality Feminism and Relationships
A year after MOMENTUM 2011 and sexuality in America is still filled with the same mixed messages, baffling dichotomies, and misinformation.  Our keynote panelists, from Logan Levkoff and Bill Taverner, who try to change these attitudes within a more mainstream framework to Audacia Ray and Charlie Glickman, who do the same with some of the more controversial aspects of sexuality, all have made significant impact in their own spheres. These esteemed panelists, moderated by the legendary Carol Queen, will discuss the role of sexuality in today’s culture, how they make waves that help change perceptions about sex, feminism and relationships and what attendees can do to carry forward the momentum by generating their own conversations about sexuality.

Queer is a Verb
What does it mean to queer something? In a world that’s full of sweeping statements and gender essentialism, what happens when we think of queering as an act that we can engage in, rather than an adjective or an identity? How does it shift our thinking about the Myth of the Normal, gender essentialism, and inflexible categories?

When we make queer a verb, it becomes a powerful tool for exploring, transcending, and transforming boundaries and definitions. It allows us to play with the rigid limits that are often imposed on sex and gender. And it can inspire us to create new ways to build the world around us. Charlie Glickman will discuss some of the ways that thinking of queer as something we do rather than something we are can offer new perspectives, and explore some tools for engaging in the practice of queering sex, gender, and sexual orientation.

The Dirty Business of Sex Toys
Metis Black, Greg DeLong, Rachel Venning, Dr. Carol Queen. Moderated by Lynn Comella
Sex toys, or “novelties, are a billion dollar business. It’s an industry that thrives on creative (and not so creative) minds and ethical (and not so ethical) business practices. Get an insider’s look at a few company’s core values, and talk about material safety, creative rip offs, labor relations, financing and politics. Hear some stories on the challenges that have arisen and how very important you, the sex educators, bloggers and the consumers, are in moving and shaping up the industries ethics.

Feminist Porn as Cultural Critique
Lynn Comella, Ph.D., Carol Queen, Ph.D., Sinnamon Love, Tina Horn
It’s not uncommon for sex positive feminists, including those who make, watch, study and write about pornography, to be accused of lacking a meaningful critique of the mainstream adult industry. This session discusses how we can reframe the very idea of what counts as “feminist critique and “sex positive by focusing on the ways in which cultural producers use media texts, sexual images and ethical production practices as modes of political intervention that challenge ideas about “business as usual within the adult industry.

The Publishing Revolution: How Writers, Editors and Publishers are Making New Media Work
Allison Moon, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Kitty Stryker, Kimmie David, Carol Queen
Print on Demand. EReaders. Espresso Book Printers. Crowdfunded novels. The publishing world is in the midst of a revolution. This panel will join experts in the field to discuss how they are adapting to the changing publishing climate, and how aspiring authors and booksellers can harness technology to find an audience and find success.

Carol & I will also host a meet & greet on Saturday evening, after the presentations are done for the day (but before the evening’s entertainment gets going).

Of course, if you can’t make it to the event, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. You can follow Momentum on twitter and the hashtag #mcon will be a great way to read the highlights.

Hope to see you there!

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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