Session 1: Saturday, June 2nd: 10:00 - 11:50am
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.