Screening of Orgasm Inc. Tuesday @6pm
In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins FDA approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Liz gains permission to film the company for her own documentary. Initially, she plans to create a movie about science and pleasure but she soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with a cadre of other medical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of billion dollar profits. ORGASM INC. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are literally and figuratively reshaping our everyday lives around health, illness, desire – and that ultimate moment: orgasm.
Introductions by Dr. Barbara Gottfried, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and former GCWS Board Member.
Discussion with Catherine Connell, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Boston University to follow. Her forthcoming book, School’s Out: Gays & Lesbians in Education (University of California Press), explores how professional ethics of discretion and the political demands of the gay pride movement create contradictory identity demands for gay and lesbian teachers in public schools.
*The Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism is located at 775 Commonwealth on the Basement level.