Campaign Against Sex Robots Reading Group – the myth of sexual liberation!

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Topic:            the myth of sexual liberation

Reading:        Anticlimax: A Feminist Perspective on the Sexual Revolution by Sheila Jeffreys

Time:              6-8pm

 Date:               Wednesday 28th February 2018

Venue:            UCL, Central London.

 

We’ve all heard about the sexual revolution? The importance placed on sexuality as a site of individualistic freedom. We’ve been told that sexual freedom is paramount, and that restricting sexual freedom makes you a prude, frigid or intolerant. But how did this idea about human liberation and freedom become attached to sex? And if sex is really the site of human freedom, why aren’t we living in a more egalitarian world? This EXCELLENT book looks at the political origins of the sexual revolution, and rather than a spontaneous egalitarian process, was in fact a new way to establish a hierarchy, with heterosexual men at the top of the hierarchy. The penis, a symbol of male power in the intimate sphere was prioritised as a site of sexual practice.

We will explore these issues.

In the CASR we are developing a theory of mutuality and sex is a co-experience and our ethics is rooted in co-experience, not one privileged perspective – normally of the powerful – the colonialist, the rapist, the slaver, the sadist. But why has the idea of sexual freedom won so many hearts and minds? Can sex really free human beings?

Sexual Liberation was led by important figures such as Alfred Kinsey, but Kinsey also reproduced material that depicted child rapes. Here is a documentary on Kinsey/

You can also watch Jeffreys interview HERE.

If you would like any information about our next reading group and would like to come along please get in touch. Our reading group discussions are confidential. We express different viewpoints in the reading group and do not engage in shaming each other for any views or opinions. We engage in informed and critical analysis of these issues, drawing, at times on our personal experience.

Kathleen Richardson,

Professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI and founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots