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‘Turning On’ to Leisure with Pleasure: Exploring unusually innovative experiences of 'adult digiplay'. . Trudy Barber School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research/Cultural Studies University of Kent at Canterbury. The Stealth Corporation. ‘Turning On’ to Leisure with Pleasure:

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‘Turning On’ to Leisure with Pleasure:

Exploring unusually innovative experiences of 'adult digiplay'.

Trudy Barber

School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research/Cultural Studies

University of Kent at Canterbury

The Stealth Corporation

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‘Turning On’ to Leisure with Pleasure:

Exploring unusually innovative experiences of 'adult digiplay'.

This presentation will explore sexuality and pleasure through some unusual and innovative experiences of digital leisure technologies.

The Stealth Corporation

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  • What’s sex got to do with technology in the first place?

Notionsof leisure

Associations of pleasure

Ideas of novelty

Requirements of homeostatic drive

Technological determinism?

The Stealth Corporation

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2. A brief History of Techno-sex.

Or ‘How we use Technology for sex!’

Cylindrical Anamorphoses:

Pictorial distortions revealed as full image when viewed through the technology of tubular mirrors. Distorted images of a sexual nature were imported from China. (1600s)

Text and pictures of political sensitivity were distributed in this way.

All pictorial and printing technologies were used to create and distribute erotica.

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2. A brief History of Techno-sex.

Or ‘How we use Technology for sex!’

  • 1734:The mechanical vibrator known as the tremoussoir
  • 1880: Ella Cheever Thayer wrote a romantic novel about the Telegraph Wired Love: a romance of dots and dashes.
  • 1900: The development and popular consumer use of the electrical ‘vibrator’ for ‘self treatment’. (Maines 1999:85)
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3. Technologies of space and time:

The love letter

The telegraph

The telephone

E-mail

Web cams

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4. Unexpected and unusual

uses of new technologies.

Looking at the way people have used technology in a way that was it was not originally intended for. Specifically since the enlightenment period and the industrial revolution.

For example:

The Victorian discovery and invention of Rubber for tyres and other industrial and commodity uses introduces us to...

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5. Sexual experimentation with new digital technologies

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Augmented Reality

wearable informatics

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So What is happening right now?

Go see:

www.fucking machines .com

The design and development of technology and computer hardware has long been described as extensions of the body and has long been compared with the substance, form, function and power of the body (McLuhan 1964; Weiner 1968; Harraway 1991; Buchanan 1994). This comparison stems from the mechanical philosophy of Descartes and others; by a displacement of the organic by mechanical metaphor (Brooke 1991). In line with these philosophies, I argue that computer communication technologies, for some, appear to be the mechanical extension of the penis and/or clitoris.

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‘Some might say E-Stim players are the “nerds” of the fetish scene – and it might well be true – most of the people I have played with over the years are in technology or engineering jobs where adding a new feature to a system is a thrill. E-Stim in particular is all about creating new physical sensations through changing wave forms or contact points. There is also a wide culture of shared experience and unlike many other forms of scene play it is easy to categorize and repeat sensations as they can be measured in well understood if rather clinical terms of Volts Hertz and wave formulae. ‘

E-stim

Elektrosex

Orgasmatron

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Master R’s Willing ‘victim’.

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Master R’s

postmodern

Harem

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Thank you for your undivided attention...

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For more information on cybersex see:

http://www.trudy-barber.com

Contact details:

tru.stu@virgin.net

tab4@ukc.ac.uk