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Sex bots, first porn, D/s, Spock and Kirk, phone sex or not, The Sims, lockdown – interviews, essays, first-person memoir, fiction and poetry.
Bent Street 4.1—Love from a Distance shines a light on the role of technologies in shaping human intimacy within the broader frame of COVID-19 and lockdown. Writers, academics, artists and poets reflect on the role that technologies, old and new, play in mediating human intimacy and shaping queer culture.
Bent Street 4.1 is edited by Jennifer Power, Henry von Doussa and Timothy W. Jones from La Trobe University, and produced in association with The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and La Trobe University Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area.
Editors: Jennifer Power, Henry von Doussa, and Timothy W. Jones
Cover: time to get my life together—Jake Cruz
Series Editor-in-Chief: tiffany jones
Read and Recommended by Hendri:
"Bent Street's Love from A Distance is an impressive collection of creative works that explore the role of technologies in mediating and shaping our contemporary intimacies, particularly during the COVID pandemic. Writers, academic researchers, and artists share their own experience and relationship with the present and the past technologies that have shaped what they have become now. Gay activist and academic, Dennis Altman writes about his melancholic separation with his boyfriend living in Equador, while examining Australia's responses to the pandemic in contrast to the U.S responses. In his essay, Gary Dowsett looks at how gay pornography has transformed not only our relations with others but also with ourselves. The articles by Tiffany Jones, Emiel Maliepaard, and Rainicorn, specifically explore how memes have reflected the geopolitical dimension of the Coronavirus, how bi+ people navigate their sexuality in online spaces, and how digital spaces transform the ways dominant and submissive enact their roles in everyday life, respectively. Some other articles, by Marcus O'Donnell and Geoff Allshorn, take us to the past, seeing how cultural platforms have always mediated intimacies, including the Star Trek TV show. Finally, this edition is important and meaningful evidence of the roles of technology in making and shaping queer lives."