Tuesday, July 24 2012 at 7:30PM
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Dr Brooke Magnanti
What's the talk about?
What is a Sex Myth and how do we spot one? Where do our assumptions about sex and sexuality come from, and do they have merit? In a lighthearted ramble through the various dark corners of sex and the media, Dr Brooke Magnanti examines the data for widely believed truisms, like the one that adult entertainment - strip clubs, massage parlours, and the like - cause crime. Drawing both on her experience as a sex worker and career as a scientist, she plumbs the depths of sexual myth-making and exposes that what we think we know, we often don't know much about at all.
Dr Brooke Magnanti, perhaps better known as previously anonymous author Belle de Jour, wrote the award-winning blog 'Secret Diary of a London Call Girl' that inspired 5 books and a television series starring Billie Piper. She has a doctorate in forensic science, and has also worked in cheminformatics, genetic epidemiology, and cancer research. She lives and works in Fort William, Scotland. "The Sex Myth" is her first book under her real name.