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Political Ethical Sex: Amia Srinivasan in Conversation with Ash Sarkar

Wednesday 25th May 2022
18:30 - 19:45 at Waterstones, London - Gower Street

Political Ethical Sex: Amia Srinivasan in Conversation with Ash Sarkar

Join bestselling author of The Right to Sex, Amia Srinivasan and writer, lecturer and broadcaster Ash Sarkar for a discussion and interrogation of the politics and ethics of sex in this world.


How should we talk about sex? It is a thing we have and also a thing we do; a supposedly private act laden with public meaning; a personal preference shaped by outside forces; a place where pleasure and ethics can pull wildly apart. Searching, trenchant and extraordinarily original, The Right to Sex is a landmark examination and interrogation of the politics and ethics of sex in this world, animated by the hope of a different one.

Consent is often fixed upon as the key framework for achieving sexual justice. Yet consent is a blunt tool. To grasp sex in all its complexity – its deep ambivalences, its relationship to gender, class, race and power – we need to move beyond ‘yes and no’, wanted and unwanted. We need to interrogate the fraught relationships between discrimination and preference, pornography and freedom, rape and racial injustice, punishment and accountability, pleasure and power, capitalism and liberation. We need to rethink sex as a political phenomenon.

Come and be a part of this discussion, and bring any burning questions you may have. Don't forget to include a paperback copy of The Right to Sex with your ticket. Books will also be available to buy on the night!

Amia Srinivasan was born in 1984 in Bahrain and raised in London, New York, Singapore and Taiwan. She is currently the Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at All Souls College, Oxford, and has held permanent or visiting academic posts at University College London, Yale, NYU and UCLA.
She has written on subjects as diverse as sex, death, octopi, suicide, anger, education and many others for publications including the London Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor, the New Yorker, the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times. @amiasrinivasan.

Ash Sarkar is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster based in London. She is a Contributing Editor at Novara Media, where her work focuses on current affairs, popular culture, politics and social issues. Her by-lines have also appeared in The Guardian, Huffington Post UK, and The Independent amongst others. She is a frequent presence on UK broadcast media, and has appeared on Question Time, Good Morning Britain, and Radio 4’s Moral Maze. Her debut work Minority Rule will be published by Bloomsbury in 2023. Ash can be found on Twitter as @AyoCaesar.

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Wednesday 25th May 2022
18:30 - 19:45

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