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This year's festival, the 10th, showcases and celebrates films that encourage a positive depiction of sexuality and kink

America is a country filled with contradictions. It enthusiastically embraces the commercialisation of sex in the billion-dollar mass-produced pornography industry, yet still views sex and sexuality through a puritanical and oppressive lens; some states have such antiquated sex laws that even swinging (consensual partner swapping) is outlawed. Using sex as a commodity – for example, the sexist advertising of a web domain company broadcast to millions during the Superbowl – just seems to reinforce the capitalist American Dream, but apparently regular consenting adults still require government interference in their sex lives.

Where access to abortion varies from state to state; where women can be refused the birth control pill and emergency contraception by a pharmacist – or even a cashier at Walmart – who objects to it on "moral" grounds; where misogyny and sexist objectification coexist »

- Zoe Margolis

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