La Fête du Slip conveys a positive and celebratory approach to sexualities. Sex is meant to be enjoyed, so let’s do just that! There are three elements that must be taken seriously when considering sexualities: consent, health and the potential procreation that can result from certain genital combinations. All of the following declarations draw from these three fundaments.
There is no better or worse way to have sex. To each his/her own way. One cannot have too much, or not enough sex. One cannot have too many partners, nor too few. There is no more valid partner than another. The possibility or impossibility of procreation is not a criterion for the validity or morality of a sexual relationship.
There is no limit to human creativity and to the possibilities of identity and sexuality.
Gender is only as important as you make it. Gender is whatever you want it to be. Human biology offers such diversity that the single binary man-woman concept can only be simplistic and inadequate. Gender is a sex-toy.
Every body is valid, whether thought to be beautiful or ugly. Health is not a valid criterion to judge the legitimacy of a body. Body modification is not a criterion for the validity or morality of a body either, no matter the extent of the transformation.
Every way of dressing is valid, the rest is a question of taste and aesthetics. In no way is there a way of dressing, or even a degree of absence of clothing that expresses implicit consent.
The biggest obstacles to a healthy approach to sexualities are taboo, censorship and prudishness. You cannot talk about sex too much or in too much detail. When it comes to sex, everyone is concerned. The cultural expression of sexualities is essential and La Fête du Slip dreams of it as participative, free and collective rather than exploitative, normative and elitist.
The perspective offered by the mise-en-scène of bodies and sexualities is a central issue that must be addressed. La Fête du Slip intends to show an array of cultural expressions around sexualities, and go beyond the over-representation of audio-visual media and male-gaze.
Sex is never obscene in itself. It is violence, hate, abuse, de-humanization and exploitation that are obscene. The creation of an alternative to destructive porn industry is necessary.
Sex-work is work.
Everyone has a fundamental and inalienable right to corporeal autonomy.
None of the declarations above describes the reality of the majority of human beings regarding the practical experience of their sexuality and of gender. We recognize the privilege it implies. The negative relation of these expressions with social reality means that resistance is both unavoidable and necessary. It also requires respect, awareness and humility in respect to the persons who do not have access to all the aspects of sex positivity.
The creation of alternatives is the positive foundation of resistance. The celebration of alternatives is an implemented reproduction of resistance.
We do not wish to lay down a new morality. This manifesto expresses the basis of a pratical minimal ethics that is ours today, and that is relevant only for us, here and now. All those who make it theirs, are accountable only to themselves.