Political Kink

From the life of Herbert Marcuse in the Weimar Republic to the modern dilemmas around sex work, sexuality and gender has always been a political battlefield. Why is mainstream society so afraid of porn, sex work and alternative eroticism – what danger does these erotic practices pose to our modern western lands?
Our language and teachings of sex is often filled with negativity. Through film clips from around the world, provocative imagery and personal experience of a sexual political activist, let’s look at the dilemmas, realities and political perspectives surrounding sexual professionals. And take a sex-positive look at such controversial concepts as objectification, marketing of eroticism and the trading of sex for money.

Steen Schapiro

Steen Schapiro


Steen Schapiro is a film director, editor and teacher, born in Denmark, 1967. As a film director, he has made internationally acclaimed documentaries on sexual subcultures. As a teacher, Steen teaches film, art, sexology, debates sexual politics – and does lectures and workshops on shamanic domination and body rituals, focusing on spiritual kink and energy-based BDSM. After extensive travels and rituals, particularly in San Francisco under the guidance of Fakir Musafar and Cleo Dubois, the focus is on the inner journeys and discoveries through body play, submission/dominance and fetishistic symbolism.