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Empathy, Equity, and Sex/Tech at the Margins

When we think about hacking or building sex/tech, it's easy to focus primarily on how we, as individuals, relate to it: "Am I and/or my partner(s) having fun with this?" Whether we're thinking about toys, apps, websites, or something else entirely, it's also important to consider the perspectives of people who aren't just like us. In what ways does sex/tech act to keep people in the margins? How can we, as individuals and organizations, build empathy for people with (potentially multiple) marginalized identities that we don't share?

Join Kit "where did this b!tch get [their] doctorate" Stubbs of the Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity and SX Noir, host of the Thot Leader podcast, for a conversation about the opportunities and challenges that sex/tech offers us.

This session will provide a space to talk about the intersections of two topics that many people don't have the opportunity to discuss: sex and marginalization (including thinking about people who may be one or more of: sex workers, gender/sexuality/relationship minorities, disabled, or poor, to name a few), in the context of issues surrounding tech which HOPE and the hacker community have been interested in for years, including data ownership; privacy and security; and digital, economic, and social mobility. This talk is for folks who are interested in sex/pleasure, enjoy geeking out about that, and are curious about human sexuality, its intersections with tech, and who are interested in gaining more empathy for folks from (multiple) marginalized communities. Kit is proud to have spoken since HOPE X in 2014 to large crowds, and they are excited to bring SX Noir's expertise and perspective as a queer Black woman to the HOPE community.