Gender and Sexualities
Sexuality has an overwhelming influence on how human life is organised. In different cultures and at different times in history, sex has been regarded in greatly varying ways, ranging from a complete physical and spiritual experience to a deadly sin. Since regulating sexuality and sexual behaviour is exercising power and control, there has always been stigma associated with a variety of sexual orientations, acts and practices, stigma that has sometimes even led to the exclusion, imprisonment or even death of their exponents. In spite of this, sexual variety exists even in the most oppressive kinds of society, as nature prevails over prejudice and repression. This project seeks to explore and discuss the various kinds of sexuality, sexual orientations and sexual practices and to identify ways to paint sexualities in a positive and stigma-free light.
Teresa Cutler-Broyles is a faculty member in the Film and Digital Arts Department at the University of New Mexico, USA, and a visiting professor at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Her research interests include media studies, cultural and performance theory, sexuality studies, food and wine and their cultural connections, architecture and architectural history, landscape architecture and garden design, Shakespeare, teratology, Star Trek and culture, and travel. She has been writing professionally since 1992 with publications in both non-fiction and fiction.
Teresa travels extensively; one of her passions is connecting people with others, introducing them to new and exciting experiences, and opening possibilities for continued interaction, understanding, and dialogue between people around the world.
Frances Maranger (she/her) is a visual artist living in Toronto, ON. She is a Ph.D. student in the Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies programme at York University. She has an M.A in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Hons. B.A. in German Language Studies and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto.
Frances uses queer, feminist, affect, critical race, psychoanalytical, film, and disability theories in her research in which she writes about abject representations of femininity and queerness in horror film and monstrous representations of infertile women in popular culture.
Nick J. Mulé, PhD is an associate professor in the School of Social Work, cross appointed to the Faculty of Health and the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies where he is Coordinator of the Sexuality Studies Program at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His research interests include the social inclusion/exclusion of LGBTQI populations in social policy and service provision and the degree of their recognition as distinct communities in cultural, systemic, and structural contexts. This includes a critical analysis of the paraphilias in the DSM and ICD and the importance of creating spaces for kink activities in queer male communities. He also engages in critical analysis of the LGBTQI movement and the development of queer liberation theory. He is the founder, past chairperson and current secretary of Queer Ontario. Additionally, Nick is a psychotherapist in private practice that includes kink-friendly services.
Susanne Schotanus is an independent researcher with a degree in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Her work focuses on alternative sexual practices and relationship structures, especially forms of BDSM and kink. She combines a conceptual methodology firmly grounded in the Humanities with a multidisciplinary theoretical framework. She aims to show how BDSM practices are an inherent part of Western culture in sharing some of the same foundational concepts. This allows her to study culture through the lens of BDSM.
Sex educator, therapist, and consultant practising in the Philadelphia PA area in the US. With nearly ten years experience in the sexual violence field, she has expanded her expertise to include providing therapy to individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, communication and intimacy issues, depression, grief and loss, infidelity, relationship issues, sexual abuse, sexuality concerns, and trauma. Kristine is an LGBTQIA+ ally and is kink and poly aware and affirming.