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Gender & Psychology Symposium - Sexualisation and Pornography: Research, analysis, change?
Pornography is perennially controversial. Some defend it as a domain for free sexual expression and enjoyment for all; others point to the misogyny displayed in its portrayals of women. In this age of so-called ‘raunch culture’, pornography is no longer just hidden away in the bedrooms of boys and men. Women and girls are invited to share the gaze, and are told that it is empowering to do so. Beyond the consumption of pornography, pornographic images, styles of embodiment, and modes of sexual engagement have become ‘mainstreamed’ into advertising, music, and popular cultural fashions. Relatedly, an overtly sexualised style is increasingly promoted to younger and younger girls in the form of toys, activities, clothing and accessories. These cultural shifts have already become largely normalized and naturalized. Do they amount to harmless fun? Or do they contribute to the cultural production of forms of masculinity and femininity that ultimately work against girls’ and women’s choices and wellbeing?
In this symposium, which showcases some of the best undergraduate student work in Gender and Psychology at the University, young women will present research, critical analysis, and their creative ideas for change. We hope to generate wider discussion and debate, and foster constructive connections between people interested in these issues.
Date: Friday 11 December 2009
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Room 604, Level 6, Human Sciences Building, 10 Symonds Street, University of Auckland
10am Welcome & Introductions - Nicola Gavey
10.15am Sexualisation and Children - Hazel Albertyn, Katie Malone, Courtney Ross, & Natalia Samorow
11.15am Tea Break
11.30am Pornography and Society - Alex Antevska, Danielle Hay, Lisa Paz, & Jaimee Robinson
12.30pm Panel Discussion:
Caroline Fergusson, Women’s Rights Officer, AUSA
Denise Ritchie, Stop Demand
Melanie Govender, Psychology Student, University of Auckland
Chair: Virginia Braun
This symposium is free and open to the public.
Please rsvp for catering purposes to Meena Sadera m.sadera at auckland.ac.nz
For further information, please contact:
Nicola Gavey, Department of Psychology, The University of Auckland, n.gavey at auckland.ac.nz