Workshop Recording: Can Feminism Be Sexy?

May 6, 2011

Last year we had the opportunity to record several of the amazing presentations from Break the Silence’s Creative Resistance conference. First we’d like to share Dr. Julie Harms Cannon’s workshop “Can Feminism Be Sexy?”

Stupid Girls by Pink

About the workshop:

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss sex-positive feminism and to engage in a debate of anti-porn and pro-sex feminist thought.  Dr. Harms Cannon will describe her research on amateur stripping and the difficulties she encountered in the process, relating it both to her identity as a feminist academic and as a mother.  How to initiate sex-positive discussions will be covered, as well as the ways in which the sex-positive paradigm confronts the issue of violence in the community.  These issues will be opened up to the group for discussion.

About Dr. Julie Harms Cannon:

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Sex and gender
  • Classical and contemporary sociological theory
  • Feminist theory and methods
  • Multicultural education
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Amateur stripping.

Biography / Key Publications:

  • Charlotte Chorn, and Julie Harms Cannon. 2008.  “They’re Still in Control Enough to be in Control: Paradox of Power in Dementia Caregiving” Journal of Aging Studies 22: 45-53.
  • Cannon, Julie Harms. 2006. “White, Working-class, and Feminist: Working within the Master’s House and Finding Home Again.” Pp. 101-116 in Stephen L. Muzatti and Vince Samarco (eds.) Reflections from the Wrong Side of the Tracks: Class, Identity, and the Working Class Experience. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Dunham, Charlotte C., Julie Harms Cannon, and Bernadette Dietz. 2004. “Representing the Other in Sociology of the Family Texts.” Teaching Sociology 32(4): 374-384.
  • Cannon, Julie Harms and Adrian De La Rosa. 2001. “Utopian Feminism and Feminist Pedagogy: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Everyday Classroom.” Quarterly Journal of Ideology 24(1&2): 41 pages.
  • Cannon, Julie Ann Harms, Thomas C. Calhoun, and Rhonda Fisher. 1998. “Amateur Stripping and Gaming Encounters: Fun in Games or Gaming as Fun.” Deviant Behavior 19(4): 317-337.

SEATTLE SEXUAL POLITICS: Understanding the Moratorium on Strip Clubs and Its Demise

April 19, 2011

April 20, 2011 @ 12:00 to 1:30pm
Pigott Room 102, Seattle University

Abstract: Regulating sex is a managed process that is written on physical geographies and inscribed on moral imaginations. An understanding of a place for sex demands a multi-dimensional focus that is comfortable with contradictions, change, and structure. An interrogation of a range of social actors, such as sex business owners, sex workers, and local officials is imperative to developing an exploration of the “place” of sex businesses. Drawing largely from interviews from former and current city officials, this talk will discuss the seventeen-year moratorium on the licensing of new strip clubs in Seattle, the process of upholding the moratorium, the anticipation of its demise, and the aftermath. Analysis will also be made from newspaper articles and City Council meeting transcript to better understand the “silence” and the “noise” that surround the moratorium and eventually, Referendum 1 in 2006. In this respect, this talk illuminates the interplay between strip clubs and the regulation of “norms” in the absence of a “moral panic.”
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Documentary interview with Lorelei Lee

March 21, 2011

This documentary directed by Simone Grudzen and Jesse Kerman interviews Lorelei Lee, a porn performer, stripper, pro-dominant, student, and writer.  This short film testifies against the dehumanization and myths surrounding sex work.

Includes clips of Lorelei Lee talking about her work and life mostly in her apartment, but also at the dungeon she works at, interspersed with images of Lee in bondage.