For much of human history, sex for pleasure has been a rare and precious commodity, and rare things are expensive. Sex for pleasure has been bought, sold, swapped and traded throughout known history.

Despite most sexual behaviour being social, not reproductive, we continue to treat it as rare even though it is, in economic terms, so abundant that it should have no value at all. So why does it retain such value?

The ways in which society enforces and perpetuates the commodification of sex in long term (monogamous) relationships is not well understood, particularly where sex is exchanged in an implicit or unplanned manner.

In my talk tonight at Pleasure Salon Melbourne I will challenge some of our attitudes and behaviours about the commodification of sex. Who benefits from the commodification of sex? Does the exchange of sex for security limit our ability to give and receive good sex? What choices do we really have?

Come along and participate in what I hope will be a lively discussion about these issues.

Venue, date and time:

  • Monday 6 September 2010
  • Doors open 6pm, speaker from 7pm
  • Miss Libertine, 34 Franklin St, Melbourne
  • Entry is $10
I’m talking about the commodification of sex at Pleasure Salon tonight

3 thoughts on “I’m talking about the commodification of sex at Pleasure Salon tonight

  • 6 September 2010 at 9:19 am

    very interesting! something I’ve been thinking a lot about…

  • 6 September 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Damn, this is the sort of thing that really interests me but I’ll be unable to make it from Thailand!! Please be sure to post about the more interesting discussions!

  • 6 September 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you so much for the post about this – I would not have known about it, and it was a great event. We’ll be going to more Pleasure Salon events. And I think this blog is great. And I enjoyed your talk even if we disagree on some fundamental issues.


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