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The future of Sexuality

A debate organised by the Club of Amsterdam

The topics are

Paid Sex and Public Space
by
Marie-Louise Janssen, Lecturer, Department of political science, Gender Studies, University of Amsterdam
Since the debate on norms and values of Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende, the returning Christian morality seems to have gained ground in the Netherlands. There seems to be a growing need to restrict sexual freedoms, as it appears to be from the call for stronger sex laws and the prohibition of sex in public space. Sex is replaced to the intimacy of the bedroom and paid sex has to happen again behind the closed doors of a brothel. "As long as it isn’t visible" seems to be the motto nowadays. This goes hand in hand with an increasing pathologizing of clients. But what is exactly indecent with the window brothels? And what is wrong with paid sex as long as it happens on basis of consent and in good working conditions?

"The Story of i": Sex in the Information Age
by Melissa Gira, Editor, Sexerati.com, San Francisco
Sexuality, as it is produced by social software, makes sexual networks visible and hackable. What has come to be known as Web 2.0 -- microblogging, ubiquitous computing, tools to push continuous partial attention & presence, and the rise of social networking -- powers a space where sex is simply another facet in our networked lives. Can the information age improve sex? What conflicts arise from social networking & managing online identity? Are we innovating sexual communities? And on what ethic is Sex 2.0 founded?


Sexuality: the back door into our essence
by Luc Sala
Is there logic or ratio to morality?
Has philosophy or psychology helped us in establishing what is good or bad, moral or sin?
Has technology helped us to have better sex?
Is virtual sex limiting or expanding our sex life?
Has the illusion of sexual ownership changed because of science, technology, feminism or psychotherapy?
Have new psychedelic substances like MDMA/Xtc or 2CB sex-therapeutic value?


the future of Sexuality
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Registration: 18:30-19:00, Conference: 19:00-21:15
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Where: Waag Society, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam [Center of the Nieuwmarkt]
The conference language is English.



The speakers are
Marie-Louise Janssen,
Lecturer, Department of political science, Gender Studies, University of Amsterdam
Paid Sex and Public Space

Melissa Gira, Editor, Sexerati.com, San Francisco
"The Story of i": Sex in the Information Age

Luc Sala
Sexuality: the back door into our essence


Moderated by
Mirjam Schieveld, Head of the Summer Institute, International School for Humanities and Social Sciences


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