Since dating apps have become the norm and not the niche exception, our modus operandi has undoubtedly shifted in the way we flirt and approach relationships, and with that, sex. Like every other form of social interaction and cultural construction, sex too, has been impacted by the development of new technologies. Taboos, non-written rules, and intimacy are all aspects that have developed and been challenged throughout the last decades, making today’s sexuality a non-fixed notion whose uncertain future is exciting as much as it is frightening.
On the other side, feminist activism, sex positivism, and gender liberation are also modifying sexuality; it seems that past and present battles aim to promote a safe space of inclusion, exploration, and respect. Modifying, stretching, and questioning sexual behaviours in an aim to ‘fit’ them inside technological upgrades is redefining our basic behaviours and interactions. But what will be the next steps in this evolution?
As technology and human rights are equally marching towards an unknown future, we find ourselves wondering whether the philosophy of sexuality has been able to keep up with its technological runner up? And more so, what has been created in the interim?
The Forum for European Philosophy is hosting a panel discussion with several lecturers and philosophers that will discuss technology, desire and sexual relations of the past and present, while attempting to draw possible ideas on what the future of sex will look like.