Science Gets Sexy With ‘Belle de Jour’

Besi Besemar February 7, 2013


Why are people gay? What really goes on behind closed doors in a clap clinic? How can we ensure children get the sex education they need in a responsible way – and are they too sexualised?

All these topics and more will be explored by some of the UK’s top sex educators, scientists and experts at the Science of Sex Weekend during Brighton Science Festival 2013, on February 9 and 10.

The weekend opens with Robin Ince, who slips between the pages of sex manuals, erotic books and pulp fiction to bring you some of the  strangest passages of sex from numerous books rescued from skips and charity shops. Expect shock, confusion and possibly revulsion as you hear of sex during killer crab attacks, liaisons with donkeys and even a little De Sade.

Saturday, February 9 sees a whole day of sex-inspired debate and analysis.

Speakers include:

• Dr Malcom VandenBurg, who helped develop Viagra, treated one of the UK’s first AIDS patients and has advised on numerous sex-related court cases

• Susan Qulliam, who co-wrote the updated Joy of Sex

• Robert Page, creator of the world famous Lovers’ Guide series of sex education films; and

• Benedict Garrett, sex campaigner, Dreamboy and Big Brother contestant.

Saturday evening sees  Brooke Magnanti, better known as Belle de Jour, explore the truth behind many common beliefs about sex, based on her latest book, The Sex Myth. Her academic credentials and evidence-based approach may come as a surprise to people who picture her as Billy Piper – prepare to have your mind opened and your beliefs challenged.

The weekend culminates with a screening of Lovers’ Guide 3D – the world’s first ever 3D sex ed film – complete with producer, Robert Page, and scriptwriter, Emily Dubberley, available for Q&As.

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