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Sticky: A (Self) Love Story

The Human Sexuality Minor presents a special screening of the masturbation documentary with director, Nicholas Tana, in attendance and a Q&A session to follow on Friday, April 15, 2016.

2-4:30p | Student Center Auditorium | 04/15/2016

stickyEastern Michigan University's Psychology Department is proud to announce a special screening of Sticky: A (Self) Love Story with the Director, Nicholas Tana, in attendance. The documentary asks “Why is masturbation so hard to talk about?” with compelling interviews and new discussions.

As a majority of the world progresses in becoming a more sexually accepting society, masturbation remains a sticky subject that few dare to touch.

“Sticky: A (Self) Love Story” features interviews with over 60 celebrities, sexologists, educators, authors, law makers, religious figures and entertainers covering the topic from a range of perspectives, including Hustler Magazine Founder Larry Flynt, Black Flag’s Keith Morris, actress Janeane Garofalo, adult film star Nina Hartley, and former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who was forced by Bill Clinton to resign after she suggested at an AIDS conference that we teach masturbation in school, as a healthy alternative to safe sex. 

From the history of the vibrator, to the shocking reality that harmless sex toys are banned in Alabama, “Sticky: A (Self) Love Story” will teach you everything you didn’t know about masturbation in one stimulating documentary! It’s a candid portrayal of an activity that is rarely discussed, exploring it from a historical, medical, legal, moral and psychological perspective. Writer/Director Nicholas Tana aims to crush social embarrassment in his quest to understand why masturbation is something that most people do, but few like to admit.

“Making this movie was a real challenge; it took nearly a decade. People both love and fear this subject, and that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s a sticky subject that affects us all, especially with technology blurring the lines between what is sex and what is masturbation. As a filmmaker, I feel as if most documentaries these days repeat the same theme or subject matter. This is not another documentary on climate change, but it is a subject that touches us all. It’s also a feel good film - provided you’re comfortable making yourself feel good.” says Nicholas Tana.

“When people have asked why I am making a documentary on masturbation, I’ve told them it started as a joke, but the truth is that I made a documentary on masturbation to deal with the shame I once felt about it. This shame comes from having once admitted that I masturbated to some middle school boys, who proceeded to mock and outcaste me for it. Kids are vulnerable to the shame around masturbation because there is no education about it. Our views on masturbation are very political. Even in the 21st century, society is ambivalent as to whether masturbation is right or wrong, healthy or harmful.”

Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films, Lise Romanoff says: "This tackles the 'taboo subject' of personal sexual expression in an engaging, informational, and very entertaining way.  The film raises poignant points around the politics of safe sex that we hope will open up discussions with law makers and educators.”

 “Sticky: A (Self) Love Story” is now available on DVD and VOD across North America, and will screen for the first time in Michigan at EMU.  WARNING: this film won’t make you go blind!

For more information please contact: Pam Landau (plandau@emich.edu)