Friday, October 26th
Join us the night before the conference for Good Vibrations 7th annual Indie Erotic Film Fest “Quickies” Competition and party at the Castro Theatre! (goodvibesquickies.com)
“Quickies” International Erotic Short Film Screening & Competition
8:00pm Castro Theatre (7:00pm Pre-Party in the Mezzanine)
Saturday, October 27th
Marriott Marquis Hotel in Downtown San Francisco
Opening remarks – Dr. Carol Queen
Keynote Presentation – Dr. Debby Herbenick
Panel 1 “Regulating Pleasure: Sex, Politics & Censorship”
Sex is regarded differently from other elements of life and is arguably regulated more than anything else, whether it’s restrictions on sex education, limited definitions of relationships, censorship of sexual images, laws against certain kinds of sexual expression, or circumscribed civil liberties. Our opening panel will explore some of the causes and effects of this social bias, including trends in censorship and sexual politics, and how some people are bringing a more sex-positive slant to this anti-sex playing field.
12:00 – 12:15 pm short break
Panel 2 “Outspoken/Unsaid: Sex & Media”
Sex and the media have a complex relationship. How does the use of sex to sell products affect sexual attitudes? When movies and TV become substitutes for sex education, what happens to our relationships? Why does porn get blamed for becoming more explicit, while sexy images elsewhere get a pass? In a society without real media literacy, what role do communications play in creating our sexual attitudes? Our media experts will explore these and other questions and discuss what they see happening on our screens and in our publications.
1:15 – 2:15 pm Lunch break
Keynote Presentation – Dr. Marty Klein
2:15 – 3:00 pm
Panel 3 “Pills, Profits & Pleasures: Sexual Health & Pharmaceuticals”
The increase in pharmaceutical and medical treatments for sexual concerns has shifted the definition of “sexual health” even further towards a performance model. But for all of the challenges that sexual medicine creates, it also can have the potential to change lives and improve sexual experiences. This panel will explore how our sexual lives are shaped by the medicalization of the erotic body and the workings of the medical industry, what benefits and challenges medical science can offer, and how alternative perspectives can contextualize the pharmacological point of view.
4:00 – 4:10pm short break
Panel 4 “Sexual Stargazing: Sex & Pop Culture”
Cultural attitudes about sex are changing faster than ever before and popular culture, fueled by technological changes, help create these shifts. What is it about celebrities that makes us so interested in their sex lives? Do we really want them to serve as role models? Who’s using the spotlight of fame or their pop culture platform as an opportunity to send a different kind of message? How can we use the contemporary folkways of mass culture to create different representations of sex? And how can media literacy help us understand sexual messages?
Closing Keynote – Brian Alexander
5:10 – 5:55 pm
5:55 – 6:00 pm
Cocktail Reception, The View Bar (sfviewlounge.com)
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Event (Film, Party)