Sexual Politics Now is the public face of a research project based at The University of Auckland. Run by a team of academics, students, and other collaborators, the project is called ‘Pornography in the Public Eye’. Our purpose is to bring the issue of pornography out from behind closed doors. We want to help make it possible to have difficult, respectful conversations about gender, race, and pornography, and what it might mean for all of us.
We are running two ‘action research’ projects, which bring these issues to wider audiences. The first is an art exhibition ‘A Different View: Artists Address Pornography’ at the Gus Fisher Gallery. We hope that through artists’ engagement with pornography spaces will open up for wider conversations about the issues. Associated with the exhibition we are running a public programme in the gallery over eight Saturdays in which invited guests will grapple with issues related to contemporary pornography.
We are also supporting and documenting an affiliated, but autonomous, fringe art campaign designed to get people talking about pornography at the same time as actively refusing misogyny and racism. The Porn Project, a fringe art campaign, runs during August 2013.
Widening our lens to look at sexism, media, and culture more broadly, we have run workshops on Media Sexism, and Social Action for young Aucklanders.
We are also hosting the New Zealand premiere of the documentary Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography with Directors Maree Crabbe and David Corlett at the screening to talk about their research and the film. Showing information is here.
Behind the scenes we are also working away on academic research and theoretical papers on these issues.
The project is supported by a grant from the Marsden Fund and by The University of Auckland.