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Sunday, March 10 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Old Tech, New Tech, Same Old Sex?

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In the 70s porn theaters were a social space; in the 80s VCRs made viewing private; the 90s saw the rise of internet porn and online forums, allowing a still private but more social anonymous space; in the 2000s we are online with porn; meeting, mating, and educating, and very, very social--but this may or may not lead us to greater comfort and ability and pleasure in live, skin-to-skin and face-to-face sexual space. A mix of old and new technologies lead us to ever-increasing ways to connect, share, learn, enjoy. Today we can bridge technologies to create a social sexual experience that balances the risk of exhibitionism and exposure with the presumed safety of anonymity. Historically, media representations of sex have generated new sexual identities and helped redefine existing ones. Mingling identities real and virtual in real and virtual spaces may let us synthesize the best of old and new... or will it shape our knowledge and expectations in increasingly unreal ways?
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Julie Gillis

Co-ProducerBedPost ConfessionsJulie Gillis is a writer, producer, and speaker focused on social justice, civil rights, and human sexuality. She is a professional with over 15 years experience in theater production, event coordination, and organizational facilitation.
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Carol Queen

Staff Sexologist, Antique Vibrator Museum CuratorGood VibrationsCarol Queen, PhD is a writer and cultural sexologist and is the Staff Sexologist and Curator of the Antique Vibrator Museum at Good Vibrations (goodvibes.com, AntiqueVibratorMuseum.com).
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Michael Stabile

DirFauxjob IndustriesMichael Stabile is a journalist and filmmaker who has worked in and written about the porn industry for over a decade.

Sunday March 10, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Sheraton Austin, Capitol EFGH

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