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Wild Self-Care with Sex, Drugs, and Gay Men

Seminar presented by Simon Clay, PhD candidate - Gender Studies. 

Can risky sex add to a healthy lifestyle? Can drugs be a legitimate form of self-care? Can anonymous sex in public during a lunch break be part of a work-life balance? What does ‘dangerous’ actually mean when it comes to health? This presentation looks at these questions through a concept developed from my PhD research: ‘wild self-care’. This term refers to engaging in practices that are seen as antithetical to ‘good’ health in the pursuit of well-being. Borrowing from the experiences of 15 queer men from across Aotearoa and Australia, I explore the deep complexities of improving the health of this community that is disproportionately affected by HIV, mental illness, drug addiction, and systemic violence. My research shows how traditional ideas of ‘health’ are ultimately toxic, the (very) messy relationship between community and well-being, and just how slippery sex can really be.

Date Thursday, 25 July 2019
Time 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Audience All University
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentSociology, Gender Studies and Criminology
LocationRichardson 6.N4

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