At SXSW 2018, CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour sat down with Recode Executive Editor Kara Swisher for a conversation on sex, love, travel, journalism, and the state of the media.
Now celebrating 35 years at CNN, Amanpour has built her career from the front lines of war-torn countries and the living rooms of world leaders. However, her talk at SXSW didn't focus on her illustrious career but rather her new series, executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, Sex & Love Around the World. "I have done depressing all my career. It is nice to have a break and see a real slice of life that we often don't focus on," said Amanpour on-stage.
"Young people are bursting out of the confines of their culture, of their context, of their religious morays, particularly young women...while the #MeToo movement in the West is happening, it's quietly been happening around the rest of the world. Not defined by #MeToo, but by education and economic empowerment. The future of these countries will be built on the backs of women. - Christiane Amanpour*
Amanpour's series, Sex & Love Around the World, focuses on shifting landscapes of sex and love in its varied manifestations around the globe covering topics from bondage in Berlin and BDSM communities in India to the non-existent dating scene in Shanghai. During their conversation, Swisher prompts Amanpour to deep dive into some of the wildest stories from her world travels in creating the series and also extracts many perennial truths and takeaways.
"We as women are not going to have totally satisfied lives unless men are also on our side."
During the Featured Session, Amanpour expresses her thoughts on freedom of the press around the globe, the #MeToo movement, and gender relations. She discusses how the current political climate inspired her series to focus on gender issues and global politics.
"We are in an existential moment right now. We are at peril and risk if we cannot tell the difference between truth and lies."
Sex & Love Around the World highlights the inequality that exists between genders and encourages open dialogue on female sexuality internationally.
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Christiane Amanpour & Kara Swisher – Photo by Kaylin Balderrama