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Progressive Porn: What Women and Other People Want from Dirty Movies

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30 PM
Building 32 Room 155, Stata Center, MIT

two smiling faculty members looking engaged and happy Pornography is a medium of entertainment and spectacle, not education -- though many people, especially youth, may use it to supplement lax sex education. This is one of porn's most controversial aspects: What's it teaching us about sexuality, gender roles, and norms? Sexologist Carol Queen, PhD, author of Exhibitionism for the Shy, founding director of San Francisco's Center for Sex & Culture and longtime staffer at Good Vibrations, unpacks some of pornography's messages and considers its impact through both a sex-positive feminist and media literacy lens. What do we want from our smut? Is that what we're getting?

Co-sponsored by the MIT Women's and Gender Studies Program, Community Wellness at MIT Medical, and the Gender and Cultural Program at Simmons College

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING INFORMATION:

The event is in building 32 room 155 at the Stata Center at MIT.

The Stata Center is at the corner of Vassar Street and Main Street in Kendall Square. It is an easy to find building - one that is brightly colored with towers that shoot out at odd angles. There is parking available on campus, but it is limited. If you can, please come by T, as the parking lot may fill up early in the day both days. 32-155 is on the first floor. Enter at the entrance on the corner of Vassar St. and Main St. Follow the hallway straight until it merges with the building's central corridor. Look to your left, room 155 is the room with a red wall in front, closest to the Forbes Cafe.

To get to the R&D dining room from the Kendall Square T stop:

Get off at Kendall Square and head up to Main Street. Walk down Main Street away from the river until you get to the corner of Vassar St. and Main St. The Stata Center will be on your left. Use the entrance nearest to the corner of Vassar and Main, it is directly behind a large silver mirrored sign that says "Stata" in front.

To get to the R&D dining room from the Hayward Parking Lot:

If driving, you can park in the Hayward Parking Lot, a lot that is free after 5 PM on weekdays and free on weekends that is located on Hayward Street between Main Street and Amherst Street in Kendall Square. You can access the lot by driving down Main Street and turning on Hayward; you'll know it by the Au Bon Pain on the corner.

From the Hayward Lot, walk back to Main Street. Then walk down Main Street away from the river until you get to the corner of Vassar St. and Main St. The Stata Center will be on your left. Use the entrance nearest to the corner of Vassar and Main, it is directly behind a large silver mirrored sign that says "Stata" in front.

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