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Good Vibrations Sex Summit Videos Highlight the Politics of Pleasure
SAN FRANCISCO (February 13th, 2013): Academics, authors, researchers, journalists, pop-culture commentators, and activists came together on October 27th at the Good Vibrations Sex Summit in San Francisco to explore our current sexual state of the union. See the conversation for yourself at goodvibessexsummit.com/video-excerpts where bite-sized nuggets of the provocative discourse and conversation from the keynote and panel presentations are now posted.
Broken down into four panels — censorship and politics, the media, health and pharmaceuticals, and popular culture –sexuality experts and analysts from around the country explored these themes along with three notable keynote speakers at the first event from trusted adult retailer and educational resource Good Vibrations.
Politics, pleasure, and the varying ways we learn about sexuality were on the table, and insights abounded. Keynoting the Sex Summit were three writers whose work, in substantially different ways, explores social elements of sexuality.
Sexual Stargazing: Sex & Pop Culture Panel at Good Vibrations Sex Summit
Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., M.P.H., opening keynote speaker, wove discussion of new, research-derived insights into women’s sexuality into the larger picture of this election cycle’s politicized discourse about women’s bodies and reproductive rights, emphasizing how much information we still need. “We’re a long way from having a complete picture of the truth about sex in America,” she said. Midday keynoter Dr. Marty Klein disagreed that the attack’s on reproductive freedoms constitute a “war on women,” rather, “it’s a war on sex.” In his closing keynote speech, Brian Alexander asserted that the sexual culture wars are over and the real struggles are based on economic change and displacement.
A series of panels, each with four panelists and a moderator, delved more deeply into four key issues affecting the public’s understanding and perceptions regarding sexuality.
Regulating Pleasure: Sex, Politics & Censorship featured Dr. Marty Klein, sex worker and HIV activist Maggie Mayhem, journalist and Harmful to Minors author Judith Levine, and community intellectual and LGBT activist Carmen Vázquez, moderated by Good Vibrations Education Program Manager Dr. Charlie Glickman. Censorship and about controversial sexual content — from within one’s own community or by the state, by the press or from financial institutions — had been part of each panelist’s experience, shutting down debate and making varying cultural perspectives about sexuality harder to access.
Outspoken/Unsaid: Sex & Media, with Brian Alexander, UC Santa Barbara Feminist Studies professor Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, sociologist, USC Visiting Scholar and Porn Valley Vantage blogger Chauntelle Anne Tibbals, Ph.D, and writer and founder/Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media Jaclyn Friedman, was moderated by filmmaker and correspondent Abiola Abrams. The discussion ranged from our expectations of media sources to tell diverse stories of sexuality (and, sometimes, their failure to do so) to the great range of media available now, from mainstream to online, from porn to popular, and how sex educators and activists can best access it.
Pills, Profits and Pleasures: Sexual Health & Pharmaceuticals featured Dr. Debby Herbenick, Scarleteen.com founder/Executive Director and RH Reality Check columnist Heather Corinna, Orgasm, Inc. director and Dartmouth Visionary Award winner Liz Canner, and health educator and transgender activist Yoseñio V. Lewis and was moderated by Dr. Carol Queen. From the medicalized, “permission slip”-circumscribed life of transsexuals needing hormones or reassignment surgery to the so-far-fruitless search for a women’s version of Viagra to the changing world of AIDS treatment and medications, pharmaceutical companies and doctors play a significant role in many peoples’ sexual experiences.
The final panel, Sexual Stargazing: Sex & Pop Culture, included Salon.com sex columnist Tracy Clark-Flory, University of Nevada Women’s Studies professor and Las vegas Weekly columnist Dr. Lynn Comella, Abiola Abrams, and Sex With Emily and reality TV personality Emily Morse, moderated by sex and relationship expert Reid Mihalko. Talk ranged from the ways stars and pop media outlets shape sexual perceptions to the popular culture that influenced the panelists as they grew up, since — like many young people today — they mostly had greater access to TV, movies and magazines than to actual sex education sources.
See excerpts from each here: goodvibessexsummit.com/video-excerpts
The Sex Summit was made possible by co-presenter We-Vibe and sponsored by Aneros, Glyde Condoms, Trojan Vibrations, Blossom Organics, Vibratex, and the Museum of Sex, and supported by the Center for Sex & Culture.
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Good Vibrations Announces 2012 Sex Summit
One-of-a-Kind National Conference Brings Great Minds Together for Sexual State of the Union
San Francisco (September 7th, 2012): In an election year in which sexual health and women’s health are being used as a political football, Good Vibrations is summoning the brightest minds together for the first annual Sex Summit, a day-long sexual state of the union. Good Vibrations, the trusted San Francisco-based company that takes pride in providing accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups, presents this dynamic conference on Saturday, October 27th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in downtown San Francisco.
Featuring authors and educators from various perspectives, this forum will examine the relationship between sex and the media, health, pop culture and politics in a series of panel and keynote presentations including esteemed author and research scientist Dr. Debby Herbenick, award-winning journalist Brian Alexander, and sex therapist and lecturer Dr. Marty Klein. Journalists, academics, sexologists, authors and the public will converge for this first-ever conference in a lively and relevant day-long discussion in the city where the sexual revolution began.
Opening keynote speaker Dr. Debbie Herbenick, author, research Scientist and Associate Director at The Center for Sexual Health Promotion as well as sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at IndianaUniversity, will kick off the event. Complete bios of all the panelists and presenters are listed at goodvibessexsummit.com.
What can we look forward to in the landscape of sex, and where are we now? Panels and keynote addresses will expound on themes in four tracks: Regulating Pleasure: Sex, Politics and Censorship; Outspoken/Unsaid: Sex and the Media; Pills, Profits and Pleasures: Sexual Health and Pharmaceuticals; and Sexual Stargazing: Sex and Pop Culture. Attendees can continue the conversation and enjoy a bird’s-eye view ofSan Franciscoat the post-conference hosted cocktail reception in The View bar and lounge, upstairs from6-9pm.
Dr. Carol Queen, Good Vibrations’ Staff Sexologist, Historian, Co- Founder of the Center for Sex and Culture, and Curator of the Antique Vibrator Museum says, “We are eager to see how this phenomenal line-up of thinkers, writers, and activists will contextualize the role of sexuality in contemporary culture and politics, especially given the pre-election relevance of these issues. Sexuality is a major component of key political issues, and this country needs all the incisive analysis it can get. ” Dr. Queen will also be the event’s co-curator.
“Good Vibrations is very proud to host this historic conference and we are so pleased to have all these great minds in one place especially in such a critical political season. The Sex Summit was planned in the spirit of other well-known idea sharing conferences, and we are delighted to host this conversation inSan Francisco,” says Jackie Strano Executive Vice President, Good Vibrations.
The Sex Summit is part of a fun and festive weekend of sex-positivity, following the “QUICKIES,” Good Vibrations’ Indie Erotic Short Film Competition and party at the Castro Theatre on Friday, October 26th. Hosted by Peaches Christ and Dr.Carol Queen, independent filmmakers from around the world present their entertaining and provocative short films in this alternate forum for a broader exploration of “erotic cinema.” A ticket to the Quickies is included in the Sex Summit admission, so attendees can enjoy the best of both worlds – from entertaining cinema to thought-provoking academia.
Details and Sponsors
For event details, presenter bios, tickets, hotel reservation, please visit goodvibessexsummit.com. Follow the event on twitter at #sexsummit. Good Vibrations would like to thank the following sponsors for making the Sex Summit possible: the conference and reception is co-presented by We-Vibe and sponsored by Glyde Condoms, Trojan Vibrations, Blossom Organics and the Museum of Sex.
About Good Vibrations
Good Vibrations is the San Francisco-based retailer trusted for more than three decades to provide a comfortable, safe environment for finding sex-positive products and educational materials to enhance one’s sex life. Good Vibrations offers its products through its retail stores and website: www.goodvibes.com.