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TEDxGallatin Art+Science - Sheiva Rezvani - A History of Fashion and Science of Sex

Sheiva Rezvani is a new media artist, writer and graphic designer dedicated to smart visual solutions and to promoting feminism and progressive causes using new media technologies. She has worked and trained in digital media industries for ten years, starting with television broadcasting and editing, and eventually transitioning to design and photography. Sheiva's professional experience in both new media and politics led her to recognize a lack of integration between them. She is currently using her research to bridge that gap while pursuing a Masters in Gender History and New Media Production at NYU Gallatin. Learn more about Sheiva at: www.sheiva.com What do dress reformers, underwear, and vibrators all have in common? In this talk Sheiva Rezvani will be looking at a brief history of sexual science at the turn of the twentieth century and how it shaped American cultural definitions and expectations around sex, gender and sexuality. She will visually demonstrate how a medically authoritative language around "health" and "hygiene" became the scientific basis for invisibility and shame in everyday experiences with genitalia, and identities based on genitalia. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
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