Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Within the CHI community there is growing interest in moving beyond cognition and expanding into the social, emotional, and bodily aspects of the human-computer experience. Sex lies at the intersection of these concerns, and indeed outside of HCI, has become a central topic for anthropology, behavioral sciences, and other areas of intellectual inquiry. Examining sex and themes related to it has benefited these disciplines and we intend to understand how it can contribute to HCI. There is a tendency to desexualize technology, despite the presence of sex and sexuality in a variety of interactions, including the use of the internet for viewing pornography, building online communities, and facilitating intimacy. By rendering these interactions sexless, we risk gaining only a marginal understanding of technology's role in day-to-day life.
Human relations, Intimacy, Online communities, Pornography, Sex, Sexuality
Brewer, Johanna; Kaye, Joseph Jofish; Williams, Amanda; and Wyche, Susan, "Sexual Interactions: Why We Should Talk About Sex in HCI" (2006). Computer Science: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.