OSS

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www.oss.industries
 

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http://intimateobjects.io/

Sexuality penetrates to the very core of our humanity.  In 1994, the 14th World Congress of Sexology and the World Health Organisation adopted the Declaration of Sexual Rights that included the right to sexual pleasure and conceptualised it as affecting our physical, psychological, intellectual and spiritual wellbeing. Despite these manifestations, both public discourse and research on sexuality have remained largely focused on the negative aspects of sexual activity, including abuse, addiction, dysfunction, infection, paedophilia, teen pregnancy, and the struggle of sexual minorities for their human rights. When I did my Msc in Applied Positive Psychology, my final thesis was an exploration of the relationship between eudaimonic wellbeing and sexual expression. I wanted to move sex away from being seen as only something that needed to be managed, controlled, problematised, or commodified. I wanted to link sex to bringing meaning, and giving purpose and life-long learning.It is great how far things have come in terms of enabling people to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed choices about sex and relationships, but making use of new digital and fabrication technologies, OSS wants to be more than just an information provider or an educator. We think that giving people the tools to craft their own sexual experiences will have an important impact on how sex is perceived and experienced.Combining the digital innovation, design aesthetics, values, functionality, open-source community and peer-to-peer learning of sites like www.wikihouse.cc, www.makielab.com‎, thenounproject.com‎ and www.sketchchair.cc/‎ , OSS will bring sex and sexuality up to speed in this digital revolution.Intimate Objects is one exploration of this, but now sits within a larger research platform: OSS Industries.