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We Recommend : Talks – Art de Vivre – Undressed: The Art of Sex & Seduction * French Institue Alliance Francaise NYC 11/20, 12/2, 12/9

We have had the opportunity to hear Part One of FIAF’s delightful and thoughtful new panel discussions and are still buzzing with delight.

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Art de Vivre
Undressed: The Art of Sex & Seduction
Panel Discussions on Nov 20, Dec 2 & 9—Buy Tickets!
Art de Vivre
Undressed:
The Art of Sex & SeductionNovember 20, December 2 & December 9, 2013
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Why do we fall in love? Are the French really better lovers?Join us for candid conversations aboutlust,sex,and relationshipswith top experts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Series curated by Erica Lumière.

Did the French Invent Love?

Wednesday, November 20 at 7pm
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, NYC (review below)

Sensuality defines so much of French life, from its food and fashion to its art and politics.

But what can we all learn from l’amour à la française ?

Join this discussion about the French art of love with

cultural historian Marilyn Yalom (How the French Invented Love),

author Debra Ollivier (What French Women Know),

novelist Catherine Cusset (Un brillant avenir and Jouir),

and New Yorker writer Judith Thurman.

Talk will be followed by a book signing.

Vive La Fantaisie !
Inside the Erotic Mind

Monday, December 2 at 7pm
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, NYC

More Info  |  Buy Tickets  |  Buy Package

What are the most common sexual fantasies and how do they affect relationships?

An inside look at secret sexual desires and erotic imagination in Europe and the U.S. with

international couples and sex therapist Esther Perel (Mating in Captivity),

New York Times Magazine contributing writer Daniel Bergner (What Do Women Want),

and health & lifestyles writer/editor Erica Lumière.

Talk will be followed by a book signing.

Behind the Boudoir:
The Secrets of Sex Appeal

Monday, December 9 at 7pm
FIAF, Le Skyroom, 22 E 60th St, NYC

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Where does sexual chemistry come from? What are the most sexy scents, seductive sounds,

tempting tastes, sensual sights, and exciting erogenous zones?

Learn about the fascinating research behind the secret language of love, lust, and physical attraction

with biological anthropologist Helen Fisher; CNN Health sex and relationship expert Ian Kerner;

and Liz Plosser, senior editor at Cosmopolitan magazine.

Talk will be followed by a book signing.

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booksigning

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Art & Seduction

Did the French Invent Love?

How much fun these sessions provide, sitting among ladies talking frankly and clearly about love and seduction.

The conversation started with a short history of romantic love, linking it to the birth of courtship in medieval Europe.

Setting up parallels between American behavior and thought and French attitudes towards the same subjects, several differences were noted.

We ALL request that you note that these are simply reasonable generalizations, of course

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French: glamorous love is completely tied up with adultery.

Americans: more hypocritical about sex. French: more hypocritical about money.

French: more “matter of fact” about sex. Americans: more “sensationalistic” about sex.

French: more long-term affairs (marathoners). Americans: more short-term affairs (sprinters). But both wear running shoes.

Flirtation is a civic duty in France. In America, flirtation has been discouraged because of feminism.

But feminism in Europe is different than feminism in America.

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memoirist/author Catherine Cusset

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Flirtation is a civic duty in France. In America, flirtation has been discouraged because of feminism.

But feminism in Europe is different than feminism in America.

The notion of the romantic figure most admired in writing for some authors is Manon Lescault.

All agree the life of Collette represents a watershed moment.

But all revered the wickedly erotic DANGEROUS LIASONS.

In describing these characters, the panelists concluded that there is something very erotic about a woman who wants a man –

— the loss of the self and the loss of control.

Simone de Beauvoir writes of the feeling of loss and abandonment.

In response to a question about 50 SHADES OF GRAY, the panelists discussed the Sadean notion as about surrender.

Correct S/M is like a real dance – one person does the holding on and one does the letting go.

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It was suggested : “Giving in to ‘l’amour passion’ can be the most intense experience you can ever have. You can’t do anything against it.”

What can the French learn from the Americans?

Now, in France, there is a backlash against predatory men. The Americans have an openness of spirit, but, in America, “no” means “no”.

There is a very clear notion of rape and harassment.

There is a clear line between seduction and flirtation and harassment, and women must know when to Speak Up.

What can Americans learn from the French?

In France, doing domestic duties does not make a man less sexy, it makes him more sexy.

In France, there is an erotic imagination that is common in the realm.

Americans are more compartmentalized about it.

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