Space-making Through the Shifting Places of Sex-Positive Community

Authors: Christina Bazzaroni*, Florida International University
Topics: Sexuality, Cultural Geography, Women
Keywords: sex positive, sexual politics, transnational, activism, sexual citizenship
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Muses, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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In this paper I investigate how sexuality and play informs radical transnational sexual politics. The engagement with play and the subtext revealed through it is often informed by contextual socio political realities of the place and space in which play is enacted (Rahier, 2013). This is fundamental to understanding the operation of the Kinky Salon (KS) community in different translocal contexts. I explore the transnational nature of sexuality, what it means to be a sexual subject within a translocal sex-positive community, and unpack how the community envisions sociocultural transformation despite differences based on spatial contexts. In this paper, I attempt to extend the body of work on globalization of sexuality by conceptualizing sex-positive partygoers as political subjects, producing political spaces, within which sex-play is a spatialized political practice. Social activism is increasingly accessible with the use of communication technologies, which are centrally important and also the strength behind the construction of a sex culture revolution in KS terms. Here I highlight the central yet fraught role of Internet technologies in producing these globalized sexual subjects, spaces and practices. I also assert that the global work being done by KS advances ongoing discourses around what it means to be a sexual citizen. I reflect on research diary notes, informal conversations, interviews with community volunteers and event attendees, as well as observations from events in each city visited during fieldwork, the contextual politics and culture, how each KS community stays connected to the home base, ways events vary and why.

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