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Everybody is a pervert

EverybodyIsPervert

Do you like the smell of rubber? You’re a pervert. Do you like the feeling of fur? You’re a pervert. Do you masturbate? You’re a pervert.

We’re all perverts, at least that’s what author Jesse Berings claims in his book Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us. But are we really? And what makes us a true perverts? This evening we’ll be exploring the boundaries of what’s hot and what’s not. Who decides what’s normal and healthy sex and what isn’t. What is normal and healthy sex anyway? As Alfred Kinsey stated: “Rarely has man been more cruel against man than in the condemnation and punishment of those accused of so-called sexual perversions”.

Documentary of choice is the film Zoo, a film based on the life of Kenneth Pinyan, a man who loved to have sex with a horse. So much, it killed him in the end. Sex and animals, a recipe for a late night trash tv shock doc. But Zoo is all but that, with its poetic images and a more experimental approach (David Lynch, anyone?). The film premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and received positive reviews ever since. Filmmaker Robinson Devor tried to create something that isn’t exploitative but more inquisitive. The film is not about preying on perverts en condemning them as it is about exploring unusual sexual preferences.

Do you like the smell of rubber? You’re a pervert. Do you like the feeling of fur? You’re a pervert. Do you masturbate? You’re a pervert.
We’re all perverts, at least that’s what author Jesse Berings claims in his book Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us. But are we really? And what makes us a true perverts? This evening we’ll be exploring the boundaries of what’s hot and what’s not. Who decides what’s normal and healthy sex and what isn’t. What is normal and healthy sex anyway? As Alfred Kinsey stated: “Rarely has man been more cruel against man than in the condemnation and punishment of those accused of so-called sexual perversions”Documentary of choice is the film Zoo, a film based on the life of Kenneth Pinyan, a man who loved to have sex with a horse. So much, it killed him in the end. Sex and animals, a recipe for a late night trash tv shock doc. But Zoo is all but that, with its poetic images and a more experimental approach (David Lynch, anyone?). The film premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and received positive reviews ever since. Filmmaker Robinson Devor tried to create something that isn’t exploitative but more inquisitive. The film is not about preying on perverts en condemning them as it is about exploring unusual sexual preferences.

We’ll be talking to experts about perversion and the ideas surrounding them. Amongst them: Gert Hekma. Sociologist at the University of Amsterdam specialized in lesbian and gay studies, also author of the ABC of Perversions. Should we embrace and accept our ‘unusual’ preferences? How did our view on perversion change in the past decades and centuries?

Practical info
When: Tuesday March 11
What time: 20.00 h
Where: OT301, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam
How much: 5 euro (reservations via getaroomutrecht@gmail.com)