Well… I did say that “SEX is the great inspirer” in the last post, so now I need to back it up. But instead of boring you with historical references to art and sexuality, or an incomplete study on how SEX has inspired artists and creatives throughout human history, I’ll share what tomorrow’s speaker, Sonya Barnett, finds inspiring.
(yeah, we asked her)
Without further ado, here’s a brief list of Sonya’s SEX inspiration:
- Clayton Cubbitt’s Hysterical Literature, or you try reading while having an orgasm.
- Can Pornography Be Art? A discussion on New Statesman
- A collection of vintage erotica, or forget vegan smoothies, THIS is what Pinterest was made for.
- Gardens of Pleasure, the largest collection of erotic art from ancient China is on display at Sotheby’s Gallery Hong Kong
- The Kama Sutra Alphabet by French illustrator Malika Favre, or methinks I need to brush up on my ABCs…
- The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, or a bit of the history of how humans have tried to supervise public morality. This reminds me of a new book -> Sex and Punishment: a 4000 year History of Judging Desire
- The Invention of Pornography (book review and essays), self explanatory ;)
And if the above really piqued your curiosity, here’s some extra SEX resources…
- The Origins of Sex: a History of the First Sexual Revolution, by Faramerz Dabhoiwala. Named “Book of the Year” by The Economist, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Sunday Herald, Hindustan Times. BBC History Magazine, Brain Pickings.
Here´s another Guardian review, and a Brain Pickings post.
Some other illustrated SEX book posts by Brain Pickings:
- “Legendary Anthropologist Margaret Mead on the Fluidity of Human Sexuality"
- Susan Sontag on love and sex.
- Alain de Botton’s “How to Think More About Sex”, a tremendous book in explaining why sex is mesmerizing and how it grounds us. (a review)
- The first ejaculation in history: Death & Sex, by Tyler Volk and Dorion Sagan. Here´s an interview.
- An ABZ of Love: Kurt Vonnegut’s Favorite Vintage Danish Illustrated Guide to Sexuality… wow!
Enough! It’s sunny…go play outside.
See you tomorrow ;)
You see it in every billboard. It’s written in every pop song. The greatest works of film and literature are sprinkled with its power. SEX. No other human topic captures our collective imagination like the act (or the thought) of getting it on.
But behind the obvious allure of SEX, beneath our hormones and the natural impulses that put SEX at the centre of our thoughts and daily actions, there lies a mountain of history, cultural traditions, man-made rules, and taboos that mediate (or even repress, or enhance) our experience of SEX.
And if SEX is the great inspirer, the impulse behind some of humanity’s most daring creations, then we need to discuss it. We need to hear from every corner of the world about it’s creative potential, about it’s intellectual impact. Most importantly, we’re curious to know, with the advent of the internet and all things instant, where SEX is taking us as we venture into this 21st century. After all, we are the Tinder generation.
So, why did Toronto pick SEX? Well… why not. We live in one of the most diverse and progressive cities in the world, but with some lingering conservative Protestant traditions. So perhaps this is a way to challenge that old perception of Toronto and show off our own sexual revolutions.
It is no accident that Toronto will host WorldPride 2014, the first North American city to host a pride festival of this scale. Toronto is also the home of SlutWalk, a global movement that has caused a widespread conversation about sexual violence and dignity.
Aaand that brings us to this month’s speaker. Sonya Barnett is an activist and advocate for sex-positivity, who founded The Keyhole Sessions (NSFW) “as a safe and welcoming community for people to experience the union between sex and art”. She also co-founded SlutWalk to combat victim-blaming, slut-shaming, and sexual profiling. Sonya won Feminist Porn Awards in 2013 and 2014 for her erotic art, and rumours say that #CMTO attendees may or may not be subjected to the screening of award-winning porn. Just a treat ;)
So as proud Torontonians, we felt like challenging our own audience with a topic that taps into our private thoughts and behaviours. We also wanted other Creative Mornings organizers to think about SEX. We wanted them to live and breathe SEX and show the world how to address a complicated topic with grace and creativity. More importantly, after a month of talks about SEX in 30 countries and 75 cities, we hope that April 2014 will be forever remembered as a time when Creative Mornings chapters everywhere got a little playful with their creative boundaries.
With this firm conviction in mind, our only hope is that things do get a little awkward. #fingerscrossed
To date, CreativeMornings/TO has been very successful at coalescing Toronto’s creative community around informal and unstructured learning and inspiration. Month after month, our events continue to sell out in minutes with waitlists longer than the number of attendees, but we’re still not reaching the full potential of this community.
Toronto is a massive city, the fourth largest in North America, with a bustling diverse population of more than 2.5 million people. While we continue to serve the creative heart of Toronto by hosting our events centrally, we could do more to feature and showcase creativity in every corner of Toronto.
That’s why we’re proud to announce CreativeMornings/Toronto/POPUPs. Smaller events which feature local creativity to a local audience, that are showcased to the world via creativemornings.com.
We hope to host at least two POPUP events this spring and summer, and hope you’ll come along for the ride. To get involved in planning these events, please get in touch with CreativeMornings/Toronto Trailblazer Christina Hug or contact us at email@example.com.
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This October, we’re excited to announce our theme of “Play.” The theme was chosen by our organizer Jade Tang and the Auckland team and depicted by Auckland-based James Stewart for our monthly illustration.
The speakers this month touch upon multiple aspects of play from Max Tempkin, founder of Cards Against Humanity (Chicago), Tomáš Pilař, a young Opera Director (Prague), to Jemma Kahn, the primary illustrator and principal storyteller in ‘The Epicene Butcher’ who will be performing her take on Kamashibai (Johannesburg).
As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.