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There’s more to life than sex? How sexuality is changing and why it matters

This talk has grown out of my research into sexual culture and asexuality i.e. people who do not experience sexual attraction. When you view contemporary sexual culture from a perspective that doesn’t take sexual attraction for granted, it poses a range of troubling questions about how contemporary society thinks, talks and behaves sexually. In my TEDx talk I place this state of affairs in historical perspective, arguing that the late 20th century saw a revolution in intimate life, the full extent of which has rarely been appreciated because of the restrictive concepts of sex and sexuality through which people have attempted to understand it. Furthermore, as we enter the 2010s, we are witnessing the beginning of the next revolution in intimate life, with a future direction that remains uncertain. Unless we learn to better appreciate and respond to the problems posed by the last sexual revolution, its enormous gains in sexual freedom and sexual tolerance risk being consumed by the rapidly growing conservative backlash which seeks to turn the clock back.

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