08:56pm Saturday 16 December 2017

It's time to talk about sex

THE latest strand of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Humanities in Public festival starts this month… and it’s a subject that matters to everyone.

The innovative public engagement festival will be tackling the topics of sex, sexuality and gender.

Project Manager Helen Darby said: “Sex – be it our gender, sexual orientation, biological make-up, our attraction for somebody else, the act of intercourse or procreation – matters to all of us. Sex is a tremendous source of joy, love, connection, identity and pride, but it can also provoke great shame, stigma, fear, worry and vilification.

“The intention of this Humanities in Public strand on sex is to examine just a few of the pressing questions that sex confronts us with, such as: How is our era of increased sexualisation affecting and changing our relationship to our own bodies and to each other? What does parenthood signify? Can our ideas about disease and sexuality inform each other?

“Our events will match a discussion of questions like these with numerous fun activities and popular, accessible events that take a lighter look at sex, gender and sexuality, particularly as examined in performance and representation on stage and screen. We hope that you will be able to join us and allow yourselves to be inspired, thrilled, enthused, educated and – ultimately – satisfied by what we have to offer.”

Events include screenings of films starring the original sex symbol, Valentino, a candid look at sexuality and cancer and a “polyamory day” looking at relationship diversity.

The launch will take place at HOME on January 28 from 5pm to 6pm. Tickets are free and are available online by clicking here.

For full listings, click here.  

Manchester Metropolitan University is a leading university for the professions and a powerful driver of the North West economy.

The University educates and trains large numbers of the region’s legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals. It enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching and applied research and is a recognised innovator in partnership working with its local communities. The University is currently investing almost £300 million in its estate and facilities.


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