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People want to confess who they are to someone, anyone. And they want to discover who they are through that dialogue. Bonding occurs through disclosure and empathetic acceptance of that disclosure, as a result of confession. It is the basic transaction of relationships. The producers of the Austin-based performance series BedPost Confessions will discuss ways in which sexual content on the Internet helps facilitate the forming of new relationships, assists in transforming relationships, and explore how accessibility to such content might also sabotage them. We will examine the following questions and will also open the session for questions at the end.
Issues addressed in this session will include:
-- Has the Internet helped us become more sexually open or just lonelier?
-- How is the flow of sexually explicit images and conversation impacting the way we define commitment in a modern relationship?
-- Does online sexual correspondence via sexting, Facebook, Twitter etc. sabotage relationships or help them?
Are sex-positive feminism and pickup artistry inherently opposed? Are they possibly dependent on each other? In recent years, the popularity of the pickup artist movement has placed the subject in popular cultural locations such as MTV and Oprah. The internet is ever birthing new discussions on all sides of the debate, and the realities of social media and geolocation technologies makes finding and building niche communities easier than ever. Are these methods helping average guys score, or is it an avenue to breed sexual predators? For or against, people from many backgrounds are weighing in on a discussion that is rooted in the most basic mediums of the web. Join a panel of men and women ranging from seasoned pick-up artists, to outspoken feminist bloggers, to those who straddle the line. No longer talking at each other, these experts in their fields will debate with each other the realities of the new sex rules, and what these rules mean in the context of a mediated life.
As the Internet has become an increasingly integral part of our daily lives, it's transformed virtually everything about how we live--from how we communicate with friends and family, how we get our jobs done, and, yes, how we flirt, find lovers, and explore our sexuality. In many ways, this evolution has been a positive one, bringing us amazing new ways to connect with the rest of the world, but it's also had some unforeseen consequences. Just over a decade ago, when the country was reeling from the aftermath of the Lewinsky scandal, who could have imagined that one day a congressman would be forced to resign from his post after a scandal that involved no sex, no illicit meetings--in fact, nothing more than some online flirting and a few ill advised sexts?
Sex in the Digital Age examines how the Internet has transformed our relationship to sexuality: what it's given us, what it's taken away, and how it's transformed our ideas and expectations about how our friends, lovers, and public figures can--and should--behave.
We’re living in an age when even powerful politicians can’t keep track of their digital dating trail. Employers and exes are likely reading your words. How can you write about sex, participate in online dating and social networking sites, and still maintain your privacy? Bloggers and authors Violet Blue (sex author, tech columnist; @violet blue and tinynibbles.com), Rachel Kramer Bussel (Lusty Lady, Best Sex Writing series editor), Twanna A. Hines (Funky Brown Chick®, The Late Sex Show with Twanna Hines), and Samhita Mukhopadhyay (author, Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life, Executive Editor, Feministing.com).
Social media has become ubiquitous, with everyone from celebrities to businesses jumping on the chance to communicate with customers directly. It comes as no surprise that sex workers have equally utilized these mediums to market themselves. In the wake of issues like Porn Wikileaks, G+'s nym wars and Twitter's hashtag censorship, sex worker Kitty Stryker will speak on what are the benefits and hurdles of this growing trend in the world of professional sex.
9th–13th March 2012