...on your way over to the talk, have a listen to Audio Smut on CKUT radio from 6-7pm.
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Friday March 28, 2008 - 6:30-8:30pm - Thomson House - McGill University - 3650 McTavish - Room 404
Sharing is Sexy_San Diego, California
DIY Porn. Do you know enough to have an opinion?
It's the gender/sex/sexuality/desire matrix; it's the "it's complicated" drop-down label; it's the personal-is-political-is-so
It's the space where the histories of our skin—its betrayals, its exotifications, its rejections, its presumed innocence, its so-called deficiencies and deformities—are called into question and laid bare.
For most DIY porn collectives, the act of making images is as important as the images they make. This 'sex' (erotica? art?) is produced and performed through collaborative, consensus-based work. At its best, it seeks to decolonize imaginations and build alternatives to the industry's exploitative economies, a space where sharing can be sexy.
DIY Porn. You might have an opinion. Maybe you also have an analysis, a collection, a habit, a fetish, a secret, a practice, an addiction, a worry, a desire, a vision.
Our invited panelists will share their projects and visions. These presentations will lead into an open discussion about 'thinking smut'.
This event will have a safe space policy. Please come with an open mind and open heart.
A GGFS-affiliated Event (Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship)
Sponsored by Queer McGill & QPIRG Concordia
Further Information on Panelists:
Sharing is Sexy
SiS is a collaborative open source porn laboratory. We are a group of queer people, transgender people and people with othered bodies coming together to create a site for free porn that is licensed under Creative
Commons (BY-NC-SA 3.0). We are creating our own porn using photography, video, writing or any form that suits us. SiS is polyamorous so, we are open to new members and looking to collaborate. <sharingissexy.org>
Our Collective, evolved out of a desire to give visibility to multiple forms of sexuality. Our main interest lies in redefining the sensing and the sensed sexual bodies, and in developing a new aesthetic language that pushes the body past the limits of its signification through atypical forms of expression. For us, desire is never a single line but originates from bodies that are already multiple, and the collective itself is a way of engaging with this multiplicity. We understand our art as a coming together of bodies in new molecular formations. Along these lines, the question as to whether this will ever become a new (micro)politics of sexuality is not as important as the actual experience of sharing and coming together to keep exploring.
Lickety Split is a pansexual smut zine dedicated to encouraging sex-positive expression and thought. The zine promotes collaborative art making and encourages diverse contributions to climb into bed with one another, because one sexual expression just does not satisfy. Lickety Split wants to help make the masses cum with smutty photography and art, essays and stories in order to fulfill the whole human being and address the complexity of sex.
Ah, the buzzword of the ‘90s: safe sex. Whatever happened to that concept? A generation or so ago youth were inundated with information and scare tactics about how to have safe sexual practices. Currently, some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among young people ages 15 to 24, the same age group where more than half of respondents in a recent survey believed there is a cure for AIDS. Not to mention a growing concern about seniors who are leading longer, healthier and more sexually active lives but who don’t see STIs as a concern. What kind of portrait does that paint for safe sex today? Is postivie sexual education even possible in today’s climate? Sex is going to happen so how do we create a culture of sexual health?
Jocelyn Porter has several years experience working with youth of all ages in a variety of different leadership and educational settings. She is an outspoken advocate of sexual health and diversity. She brings her commitment to community, social justice and grassroots endeavours to the Sense Project: a two year pilot project, developed by Head & Hands, that aims to provide community-based sex education support for youth aged 13 to 16 at Montreal-area schools.
Christina Foisy, Sense Project coordinator, prevously worked in developing effective gender-specific violence-prevention programs geared towards young women. Christina has a strong interest in accessible sexual health and empowerment programs for youth and has created several “youth-friendly” publications on such topics. She is also interested in youth adult fiction that addresses sexuality in all of its nuance and splendor."
For just a minute (or for two hours on a Wednesday night) let’s stop asking What is normal? and Am I normal? when it comes to sex (who gets to decide what’s normal by the way?) and ask ourselves: What constitutes good sex? Is it quantity? Quality? Is it technique? Intimacy? Communication? During this public conversation we will explore what it takes to have good sex, discussing issues such as peak experience, the role of taboos and shame, arousal and reward, and whether you can peak with someone you’re used to.
Jim Pfaus is a Professor and researcher at Concordia’s Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology (CSBN.) His research generally deals with the physiological and psychological factors that influence sexual desire and behaviour. Jim is also a father and plays in the Montreal punk band Mold.