Female Sexual Freedom & Web 2.0: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Feminism

Kimberly A. Harchuck #cconweb CatalystCon East, Saturday March 16, 2013

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  1. In probing the seemingly paradoxical crossroads of law, sociology and technology, we will beg the question: is the online sex industry the latest wave in feminism?

    Between social media, online escorting and countless pornographic websites, the Internet Age has allegedly forced women into an over-sexualized archetype. Sex, a topic that was once a most forbidden taboo, has been thrust into everyday life thanks to a digital network that essentially eliminated all germane geographical – and ultimately social and cultural – boundaries. Images and services that were once confined to clandestine dialogue and seedy hotels are now front and center in your living room all day, every day. What does this mean for society as a whole? We’ve seen entire industries thrive as a result of capitalizing on web-based sex enterprise, but many feel it has been at the expense of almost a century’s worth of battling for women’s rights. This presentation argues the contrary. The sex industry of today hasn’t harmed equal rights at all; in fact, when utilized properly, online adult entertainment has the power to actually foster a new wave of feminism. From empowering the escort industry to a lesson in female-friendly erotica supply and demand, from bridging the wage gap to sexual, fiscal and personal autonomy – the Internet has provided women with a feminist renaissance and it’s time to start using it to our advantage.

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