At the New Minds conference.
(photo credit: ORIT ARFA)
The Herzliya Performing Arts Center probably never had a presentation like this before. In one of its lecture halls, about 200 women were transfixed on a screen plastered with pictures of dildos. The topic: BDSM (bondage/domination-sadism/ masochism), the erotic practice made popular and even normative by the ubiquitous, influential erotica novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.But no, this wasn’t some sleazy talk with live demonstrations designed for the perverted. Here, the topic was raised to the subject of art – of literature – without any shame. It was presented as part of Israel’s first ever conference on romance literature, Romantican, that took place on April 8 in Herzliya.
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