The Medicalization of Sex 2011

Segal Graduate School of Business

April 28, 2011 – April 30, 2011

About the Conference.

 The Call for Papers has now passed.

The Medicalization of Sex is a complex and fascinating phenomenon with historical roots in nineteenth century sexology. As a contemporary phenomenon, it occurs at the intersection of technology, culture, gender, medicine, sexuality, global capitalism, and rapid social change.

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University invites you to a conference on The Medicalization of Sex in Vancouver, BC, April 28-30, 2011. Conference highlights include keynote speakers Leonore Tiefer (NYU Medical School), author of Sex is Not a Natural Act, and Jennifer Terry (UC, Irvine), author of An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society; special guests Virginia Braun (University of Auckland); Carol Groneman (CUNY); Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard); Barbara Marshall (Trent University); Elizabeth Reis (University of Oregon) and Judy Segal (UBC); a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Sexual Pleasure with a special talk by director Liz Canner; and ‘Antidote,’ a reception featuring local art celebrating genital diversity. This conference is made possible by the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowment and the sponsorship of the New View Campaign, (a feminist educational project, Ruth Wynn Woodward was a BC pioneer dedicated to the advancement of gender equality.

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Thea Cacchioni is the Junior Ruth Wynn Woodard Chair in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Thea earned her BA in Women’s Studies at UBC and her MA and PhD in Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK.

Thea Cacchioni's research interests include gender; sexuality; health; medicalization; ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction;’ and ‘Sexual Revolution.’ She has published in the journals Sexualities, Sociology, and the Sociology of Health and Illness. She is currently working on a book entitled 'The Labour of Love: Women in the Second Sexual Revolution' (University of Toronto Press). 

Thea believes that a truly integrated perspective on women’s health does not end in the classroom. In June, 2010 she testified at an FDA advisory hearing against the approval of Flibanserin, a daily anti-depressant drug with several 'unsexy' side-effects (proposed to treat 'hypo-active sexual desire disorder' in pre-menopausal women). During her residency at SFU, she will teach classes on the medicalization of sex, chair an interdisciplinary, multi-media conference on this theme (April 28th-30th, 2011), and engage in other forms of public outreach in this area.





Antidote Art Reception: Resisting the Medicalization of Sex

Another Public Event. This one is free!  
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Screening of Orgasm Inc: the strange Science of female pleasure


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Call for papers is now closed


Abstract submissions have been reviewed and authors notified of acceptance/rejections of proposals. Thank you for your interest in the international conference.

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