Sex & relationships
Hot Desk Extract: Committed
An extract from Hot Desk Fellow Bella Green's Committed – a series of autobiographical comedic non-fiction essays about sex work.
Private Parts: How to Teach and Learn Consent
Please note that this video includes discussion of sensitive topics around consent. If you require support (and are in Australia), you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre on 1800 015 188. Further resources are available here.
There was 'no means no'. Then 'yes means yes'. Now, we have notions of 'enthusiastic consent' and…
How to Teach and Learn Consent
There was 'no means no'. Then 'yes means yes'. Now, we have notions of 'enthusiastic consent' and 'continued consent'. Sexual consent might seem like a simple thing to understand, but the continued prevalence of harassment and sexual assault tells us it's anything but.
Is our culture sending mixed messages? Can the tricky terrain of consent ever be reduced to a…
Take It From Me: July 2019
Note: this recording contains explicit language and adult themes.
It's freezing outside, your love life's D.O.A., and nothing – nothing – can thaw the frosty chambers of your dark, arctic heart. Right? Wrong.
Jess McGuire is joined by Vanessa Muradian, Aram Hosie and Davey Thompson to dive into romantic conundrums submitted by audience members.
Private Parts: Polyamory and Non-monogamy
Stories of polyamory and non-monogamy consistently appear among the most-read content on Archer’s website. Is this a sign of a growing community? Or are people just curious?
To be polyamorous is to have multiple intimate relationships – with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. This discussion explores the nuances involved in shunning the assumed path of monogamy, and…
The Wheeler Centre
Sex Machines: Robots and Human Intimacy
Vanessa Toholka and Kate Devlin at the Wheeler Centre
Sex robots are an endless source of anxiety, titillation, humour and fascination in popular culture – from Westworld to the novels of Philip K Dick to the fembots in Austin Powers. But what does the real future of sex and artificial intelligence look like? And how will we navigate the ethical questions (and erotic possibilities!) of intimacy with androids?
Kate Devlin is a London-based computer scientist and a leading voice in sex robots research. She’s also the author of an insightful, optimistic and witty new book on the subject, Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots. In this conversation with Vanessa Toholka, she talks through the philosophical and legal implications of emerging sex technologies – and discuss both the alarming and positive breakthroughs in the field. We need to ‘think outside the bots,’ Devlin has written, and focus more on the future of multi-sensory virtual experiences.
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