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Session 1: Saturday, June 2nd: 10:00 - 11:50am
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Donald Trump is a threat to the sexual health of the nation. This panel will consider the politics of sex under the growing tyranny of the religious right, a force that now controls the Trump administration as well as many state and local legislations. Trump and his supporters promote a false notion of masculinity – and, thus, femininity. They seek to rationalize abuse, prohibit a woman’s right to an abortion and restrict young-people’s access to contraceptives. Their goal is to deny a woman’s ownership of her own body. Trump and the religious right are being challenged by activists who champion a sexual value system anchored in a belief in the pleasures of age-appropriate, informed consent; they believe in the equality, mutuality, of both participants. It’s the moral order that distinguishes 21st century sexuality. The shift in sexual values is occurring as the “sexual wellness” marketplace – covering everything from sex toys, porn and prostitution to sex-enhancement drugs and medical procedures -- has become a $70-plus billion enterprise.


Ricci is President and CEO of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, an organization working at the intersection of sexual and human rights. Testifying on behalf of Woodhull at various legislative hearings around the country, Ricci has established herself and Woodhull as the “go to” for non-partisan,... Read more
John is a nonfiction author and novelist who will discuss and read a short excerpt from “MONSIEUR LE 6,” a political satire examining the sexual subtexts of ideologies promulgated at the outset of the culture wars, featuring Donald Trump and other figures in US political life, from the 1980s to the... Read more
Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, is a human rights attorney and Senior Counsel for the SIA Legal Team, which transforms the legal landscape so that people who end pregnancies can do so with dignity and without the fear of arrest. Her work focuses on supporting people throughout pregnancy and its many possible... Read more