We’re Getting Ready for the Sex Summit! Are You?
There are a lot of sexuality conferences these days. Some of them are academic, some are research-focused, some are community-oriented, some of them are geared for different communities of erotic affiliation. Those are all really fantastic and we’re always happy to see how different events tackle sexuality topics. But we noticed that there was something missing from many of them and we decided to do something about it.
On October 27, 2012, we’re hosting the Sex Summit, a one-day event dedicated to exploring the Sexual State of the Union. We’re bringing together some amazing speakers to talk about sexual health, politics, education, and culture. It’s going to be a day of thought-provoking discussions and incredible conversation on some of the topics that often get alluded to at other events, but don’t make it onto the schedule. I couldn’t be more excited about it!
We’re starting off with a keynote presentation by Dr. Debby Herbenick. She’s a sexologist, a researcher, professor, author, and blogger. I’m a big fan of her work- she’s been publishing amazing research that anyone interested in sexology should know about.
Next up, I’m moderating a panel: “Regulating Pleasure: Sex, Politics & Censorship.” Marty Klein, Maggie Mayhem, Judith Levine and Carmen Vázquez will explore topics like how censorship affects our lives, the effects of limited ideas of sexuality and legal constraints shape sex education, relationships, and more. I’m really looking forward to the conversation we’ll have.
Following that, Abiola Abrams will guide a panel with Brian Alexander, Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, Chauntelle Tibbals, and Jaclyn Friedman: “Outspoken/Unsaid: Sex & Media.” How does the complex interaction between sex and the media change how we think of sex? In a world where TV becomes de facto sex education, what does that tell us about society? These speakers offer different perspectives on these and other questions, so it’s sure to be a lively conversation.
After lunch, Dr. Marty Klein take a turn. Marty is the author of some incredible books and his blog is always thought-provoking and insightful.
I’m also excited about the panel “Pills, Profits & Pleasures: Sexual Health & Pharmaceuticals.” Dr. Debby Herbenick, Heather Corinna, Liz Canner, and Yoseñio V. Lewis will talk about the ways in which advances in sexual medicine create new opportunities for people to overcome their challenges, while also feeding the performance model of sex. Moderated by Dr. Carol Queen, this one is sure to raise some important questions.
Of course, an event on modern sexuality wouldn’t be complete without a look at “Sexual Stargazing: Sex & Pop Culture.” Led by the effervescent Reid Mihalko, we’ll hear what Tracy Clark-Flory, Lynn Comella, Abiola Abrams, and Emily Morse have to say about the intersection of mass culture and sex, why we’re obsessed with celebrities’ sex lives, and how we can use contemporary folkways of mass culture to create different representations of sex.
Wrapping things up, we have a final keynote presentation from Brian Alexander, author of four books, including America Unzipped: The Search for Sex and Satisfaction. His new book, written with neuroscientist Larry Young, is The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction, is due out on September 13.
If you can’t make it to the Summit, you can follow the #sexsummit hashtag on twitter! We’ve got a top-notch tweet team and they’ll be keeping you updated all day long. Follow Jamye Waxman (@jamye), William Winters (@wwintersiii), Sabrina Morgan (@SabrinaMorgan), Laci Green (@gogreen18) and Jaclyn Friedman (@jaclynf), or just save the hashtag and follow along.
Of course, after such a thought-provoking day, we’ll need to unwind. Summit attendees can join us for a cocktail reception, meet the presenters, and keep geeking out. And as if that wasn’t enough fun, your Summit ticket also gets you a seat at the Quickies, our short erotic film competition. The show starts at 8 pm on October 26 (the night before the Summit) at the Castro Theater, and if you want even more fun, get a separate ticket for the pre-party.