Project Manager: Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D
Gender and sexuality are enormous, interlocking and overlapping spheres of society which affect everything from how we label public restrooms to what kind of private conversations we can have with our doctors. However, the power of gender and sexuality to govern the rules our society is changing dramatically. Legal same-sex marriage and adoption, broken barriers to women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens in military combat, and advances in reproductive technology are all driving changes. In the future, what role will religion, popular culture, and education curricula play in sex policy? How will emerging science in reproduction, gender assignment, population control, and sexual health affect policy? What new ethical quandaries will emerge around sexuality in business, child welfare, and global humanitarian aid?
On June 13th, the Interactivity Foundation completed one phase of the Future of Sex Policy discussion project led by IF fellow Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and IF program associate Jess Solomon. The purpose of this project was to explore, develop and articulate a vision for future policy regarding sexuality and gender. Selected panelists included scholars in sexuality and practitioners sex ed as well as artists, policy-makers, philanthropy, journalism, psychology, and more. During a series of conversations, panelists developed policy ideas that will be edited into a report published by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Interactivity Foundation. The resulting report will serve as a discussion guide and will be freely downloadable and distributed at no charge to schools, faith organizations individuals, and community organizations.
In addition, IF invited the general public to participate in a three-part series of discussions that examined urban dimensions of gender policy in partnership with Ronald Moten of the Art Of Peace, the Open Society Foundations, and numerous other community partners in Washington, D.C. For video excerpts, read more HERE.