Conference to analyse whether pornography is truly ‘sexually liberating’ for women

Posted by ap507 at Oct 23, 2014 12:34 PM |
University of Leicester to host ‘Performing Sexual Liberation’ conference on Friday 24 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 October 2014

Controversial questions surrounding whether or not pornography is sexually liberating for women will be addressed at an upcoming public conference at the University of Leicester’s College Court, taking place on Friday 24 October between 10:00am and 6:00pm.

The ‘Performing Sexual Liberation: The Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography’ conference has been organised by Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans from the University of Leicester’s Centre for Medical Humanities and will bring together an array of international scholars to examine the current academic trend in cultural studies for analysing pornography as sexually liberating for women - and offers a counter point to this popular argument.

The conference will address whether pornography as an emblem of sexual freedom in a democratic society needs rethinking by analysing the complex inter-relation of pornography with branches of medicine, such as sexology and psycho-therapy, and the pharmaceutical industry that helps support the latter – providing pornography with a considerable amount of legitimacy and influence with regard to sexuality in the process.

Dr Brunskell-Evans said: “Pornography is not about ‘natural’ sex, but it is the product of one of the most profitable global industries which goes out of its way to incite desires, longings and fantasies for profit. Rather than pornography giving natural expression to our private sexual self,  pornography takes possession of our innermost private selves and suggests to us what ‘natural’ sex looks like,  what kinds of sex men and particularly heterosexual women ‘really’ enjoy.

“The conference argues that internet pornography is a cultural phenomenon that needs critical examination since it is the product of a voracious capitalist industry and new digital technologies which are shaping what it is to be human. This conference is not about ‘banning porn’ but is a sociological exploration of issues opening into public debate which moves beyond the under 18s and pornography’s possible damaging emotional and psychological impact.”

The ‘Performing Sexual Liberation: The Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography’ conference will take place on Friday 24 October between 10:00am and 6:00pm.

Tickets to the event cost £7 and the event is open to the public.

For more information and to book your place visit here: 



Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans on

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