WRAP week event examines sexuality in the age of birth control, pornography

first_imgKathryne Robinson | The Observer Jessica Keating and Brett Robinson discuss the effect of pornography and birth control on sex culture.Robinson began the talk with an explanation of humanity’s relationship with nature.“Plato subscribed to the view that the work of the craftsman when making an artifact is, in fact, to imitate nature’s craftsmanship,” Robinson said. “From this starting point of imitation, human sexuality, in the modern age, has been rendered somewhat broken, fragmented and disconnected from nature.”Keating described how “the pill” — hormonal birth control — represented one such way that our social understanding of sex has been radically changed.“We usually talk about hormonal birth control, not in terms of technology, but in terms of women’s health, social health and environmental effects,” she said. “But we’d like to suggest that the pill is part of our technological ecology. … We might not think the pill is a mind-altering drug like LSD, but it is mind-altering in that it changes social consciousness. It gives us a new consciousness about sex, both on the individual level and socially.“The pill promised this kind of freedom — the freedom to have sex based solely on choice and pleasure without the risk of pregnancy. This is the first time in history that sex is systematically disassociated from human reproduction.”The experience of sex, Keating said, has become increasingly “episodic” in modern culture.“The episodic nature of sex is facilitated by the pill — you can move from partner to partner with ease, without commitment,” she said.Keating shifted her focus to the technological paradigm of our current culture, which, she said, cultivates forgetfulness of the self and fetishization of the body.“Pornography exists within this ecology of depersonalization and fragmentation,” she said. “It’s an immersion or merging of the self into technology. … It’s not just a question of eliminating porn — which we should — but it’s also a question of critiquing the social environment and this virtual ecology that allows pornography to flourish as a billion-dollar industry.”Robinson elaborated on the effects of the technological paradigm we now face. The rise of social media and digital communication, he said, has led to a removal of “all the parts of human communication that make it human.”“This environment that we’ve lived in for now two decades has become increasingly discarnate or disembodied,” Robinson said. “The body in one sense is fetishized, and in another sense forgotten, because we can literally immerse ourselves in environments that don’t actually require our bodies to be there.”Tags: pornography, Students for Child Oriented Policy, White Ribbon Against Pornography Week, WRAP As White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) week wraps up, the Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP) hosted an event exploring modern-day relationship culture. The lecture, delivered by Brett Robinson and Jessica Keating — director of communications and director of the Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives, respectively — focused on the ways that porn, birth control pills and changing views on sex have “fragmented” popular notions of relationships, love and identity.last_img read more

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Dillon Named New Deputy Secretary Of Commerce Agency

first_imgDillon Named New Deputy Secretary Of Agency of Commerce and CommunityDevelopmentMONTPELIER — Lu Ann Dillon of South Burlington has been appointedthe new Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and CommunityDevelopment. Dillon takes over the post from Dawn Terrill, who left inNovember to become Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation.Since 1994, Dillon has been the Senior Vice President of Bell & CompanyManagement Consultants in Easton, Maryland. As Bell’s lead consultant, shemanaged consulting projects for a variety of Fortune 50 companies,principally in the defense and aerospace industries. She also managedprojects at Bell’s hospital and utilities clients. Earlier in her career,Dillon founded LAD Ltd., a retail and wholesale men’s and women’sprofessional clothing business in downtown Burlington that she managedfrom 1983 to 1990. Dillon has taught retail management courses atChamplain College and was an instructor at both the University of Vermontand Northeastern University in Boston.”I love Vermont and the Deputy Secretary position offers me theopportunity to bring my private sector experience to state government,”Dillon said. “I look forward to serving the Agency and supporting economicdevelopment, tourism, marketing, community development and the otheressential areas under our umbrella.”Agency Secretary Kevin Dorn said that Dillon has significant practicalexperience in maintaining job vitality, a major focus of his Agency. Dornadded that because one of Dillon’s specialties is operational analysis,she will also be focusing on the internal management of the Agency. “We’revery lucky to have someone with Lu Ann’s abilities and experience be ableto step in right away and take on one of the more challenging positions instate government,” Dorn said.Dillon is a 1976 graduate of the University of Vermont and earned herMaster’s degree in education from Boston University in 1979. She currentlyserves on the University of Vermont Regional Advisory Board. A Vermontnative, Dillon grew up in Essex Junction and now lives in South Burlingtonwith her husband Tom Pierce, president of Pierce Communications Group. Shehas three adult stepchildren — Heather, Greg and Randy Pierce.The Agency of Commerce and Community Development is comprised of theDepartments of Economic Development, Tourism & Marketing, and Housing andCommunity Affairs. Vermont Life Magazine, the Vermont Downtown Program andthe Division for Historic Preservation are also part of the Agency.last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT IS DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON DODGY BLOCKS ISSUE – Mac LOCHLAINN

first_imgPádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has accused the Government of dragging their heels over Donegal’s Mica defective block crisis, affecting the homes of hundreds of families across the county.He raised his concerns directly with the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly on yesterdays edition of RTE’s “The Week In Politics.”It also followed responses from the Minister to parliamentary questions, whereby he refused to meet with a delegation from Donegal County Council and failed to confirm any progress on the establishment of an Independent Panel to investigate the matter as announced three months ago by Donegal Minister Joe McHugh. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said “I am seriously concerned that the Government are dragging their heels and that vital time is being lost for families across Donegal, seeking a resolution to what is a nightmare for them. There are families across Donegal literally living in fear of the gable collapsing or the roof collapsing around them.“They purchased these blocks or purchased homes with these blocks in good faith. They have been profoundly failed by an absence of State regulation and they cannot be abandoned. In Dublin and North Leinster, families devastated by the Pyrite defect which led to pyritic heave in hardcore under the floor slabs in their homes now rightly have support through the Pyrite Resolution Scheme and Board. We need a similar scheme for affected families in Donegal”.He continued “Thanks to the determined efforts of my colleagues Cllrs Albert Doherty and Mick Quinn, supported by other councillors, Donegal County Council have confirmed the presence of Mica in the Council’s housing stock in preliminary results to their tests.”He added he understand that these investigations and tests are ongoing across the county. “A delegation from Donegal County Council now want to meet the Minister. I am disappointed and concerned with his refusal to do so. He needs to reverse this decision.“I am also concerned with the Minister’s failure to confirm progress on the establishment of an Independent Panel to investigate Mica as was the case with the Pyrite crisis at the time. Three months ago, Donegal Minister Joe McHugh announced the establishment of a panel and this was then welcomed by the Mica Action Group and myself. What has happened since that announcement?“The only confirmation I can get is that the Minister’s Department are preparing a “technical report”. Three months ago, Minister of State Paudie Coffey advised me of the same when I raised this on the floor of the Dáil. Three months wasted.“This is a real crisis for hundreds of families across Donegal. Some have been forced to leave their homes. The Government need to stop dragging their heels and immediately progress towards a Mica Redress Scheme and Board. Families in Donegal need the same protection and support as families in Dublin City and North Leinster”.GOVERNMENT IS DRAGGING ITS HEELS ON DODGY BLOCKS ISSUE – Mac LOCHLAINN was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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