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Does uncovering the vulnerable, clumsy sides of sex make you better at it? These "social sex" companies think so. Editors' note: This story is part of our Turned On special report exploring the intersection of sex and technology. It contains sexually explicit descriptions and may not be suited for younger readers. In the sunny living room of a Mediterranean-style house in Oakland, California, Rosalind sips coffee through a straw. The year-old research assistant wears a thin green utility jacket and has large brown eyes and dark wavy hair with pin-up-girl bangs. Sitting on a couch as SLR cameras record her, she gets ready to tell nine people, none of whom she's met in real life before, about the first time she masturbated.
A few crew members chuckle. They're filming for OMGYes , a site that hosts a series of online videos about how to sexually satisfy a woman. OMGYes is one of a of companies ushering sex education for the 18 and older crowd into a new era. Serving a space somewhere between the staid, impassive lectures many sat through as students and a pornography industry that values entertainment above all else, these companies use interactive and user-generated digital media to explore the more emotional, intimate and vulnerable sides of sex.
Sites like OMGYes, Orenstein says, "have the opportunity to do an end-run around traditional sources of education -- and miseducation. Launched in by U. Viewers can, for example, use their fingers to rub and tap digital renderings of female genitalia on a touchscreen.
These images are created from thousands of composited, high-definition photographs stitched together from some of OMGYes' interviewees, who range in race, age and body type. As you touch, a voice-over softly guides you where to touch and how fast. The lessons end when the screen fades to white. If you do everything "right," the voice lets out a satisfying sigh. If not, she suggests you stop and take a break. Online videos have attempted to educate about sex before. The year-old YouTube personality has talked about sex and dating since , and has over 1.
But while videos by Green and others simply require passive watching, OMGYes infuses its tutorials with a level of visceral interactivity and immediacy that video blogs, books and magazines can't offer. Though the tutorials can be titillating, OMGYes is serious about the facts and techniques it presents. In partnership with Indiana University and The Kinsey Institute , it gathered feedback from more than 2, women, ages With this information, OMGYes offers a platform for women to talk about a subject that at worst is seen as taboo, and at best, unimportant.
What gets funded generally is pathology. It's anorgasmia or dryness or soreness. For its , current users, OMGYes wants its upcoming second season, which doesn't yet have a release date, to cover internal vaginal touch. It brought in Rosalind to talk about experiences including female ejaculation.
After Rosalind wraps up her onscreen interview, the team breaks for a late lunch of Chinese takeout. Later, Rosalind will shoot her touch-and-talk scene, where she'll masturbate on camera and narrate what works. At the end of all this, she'll fly back home to DC and return to her job at a university. She hopes her contributions to the project will help form a more sensible, but still joyful, narrative around sex. A former publicist and marketer who now he her own consultant firm, Gallop is everything you'd expect an ad exec to be -- fast-talking, blunt and charismatic.
She created the site after discovering many of the men she slept with made false assumptions about what she wanted in bed. The issue is that we don't talk about sex in the real world. To counter this, MLNP encourages users to and share videos of themselves having sex or masturbating. MLNP has two requirements for submissions: all those involved must consent to the whole process the recording, the submission and most importantly, the sex itself and participants must be having the sex they'd have in real life.
One video shows a woman getting into a coughing fit while her partner rubs her back and offers a tissue. Another features an orange tabby cat jumping on the bed, indifferently watching its owners have sex and walking to the foot of the bed to lie down. There is small talk. There is silence. There are women with body hair. There are naked men wearing socks. MLNP doesn't consider its videos to be pornography or even amateur, and to label them as either would be a bit reductive. These videos don't feature professional actors contractually paid to have sex.
The stars are everyday people experiencing genuine sexual connections. Other services have goals similar to MLNP. The YouTube channel Fck Yes , for example, shows how people can seek and receive sexual consent. There are only four complete episodes so far, and while the videos use explicit language, they're relatively safe for work and don't depict actual sex. Anyone with the moxie to whip out a phone and record themselves can spontaneously a video and share it with MLNP's , subscribers. In the five years since the site launched, users have submitted 1, videos.
The company likens users ing their sexual adventures to MLNP to social media users posting their latest meal on Instagram or vacation photos on Facebook. It's Facebook and YouTube. Or it would be Facebook and YouTube if they allowed sexual expression. By making more down-to-earth depictions of sex as accessible as possible, Gallop hopes sex will be viewed not as something scandalous or fantastical, but as something intrinsically human. Because there is empathy, sensitivity, generosity, kindness. All those are as important [in sex] as they are in other areas of our lives where we're actively taught to have those values.
Empathy, sensitivity and kindness aren't terms usually used to describe pornography. But porn production company BaDoinkVR hopes to change that. Although the majority of its content falls into what you'd typically see on a porn site blond, blowjob, threesome , two of its videos, "Virtual Sexology I" and "Virtual Sexology II," aim to educate viewers about sexual positions and techniques through a first-person point of view.
Viewers are in the front seat, engaging in foreplay and having sex with an encouraging partner. Sometimes, an omniscient female voice-over gives tips, chiming in about the benefits of pelvic exercises or sex toys. During one scene, when the actress is on her back in a missionary position, the voice cuts in to remind viewers that "pulling the legs back to the chest or close to the ears can create deeper penetration, which can be uncomfortable or pleasurable depending on her body preference.
BaDoinkVR isn't exactly alone in its endeavor to educate within the industry. The video streaming service PornHub , for example, launched a sex education and sexual wellness portal in February But while the portal functions more like an info center, BaDoinkVR is creating original and engaging video content. A voice-over gives full context of a sex toy that actress August Ames introduces in "Virtual Sexology I. Geared toward straight men, "Virtual Sexology I" has been downloaded over 50, times and was BaDoinkVR's most downloaded video of For the sequel, which is about female arousal, Hernandez enlisted Holly Richmond, a psychologist who specializes in sex therapy and supervised the techniques and advice featured in the video.
Because of its level of immersion, it "gives us the opportunity to teach empathy, facilitate connection and feel more relational" compared to 2D content. But they also do things you don't usually see in porn. For example, the male actor begins the video by looking into the camera and saying, "I know we've been through some hard times with our sex life, but I strongly believe that we are on the best way and path to improve. BaDoinkVR hopes to add installments that tackle more complex issues like fear of intimacy or erectile dysfunction.
As a porn company, BaDoinkVR benefits from its other, traditional content too, and was able to make "Virtual Sexology" free for download. They face an uphill battle, as it's difficult to get potential investors and partners to distinguish the difference between porn and more nuanced adult content. One major operational challenge for MLNP was payment processing, due to PayPal's policy against "sexually oriented digital goods or content delivered through a digital medium.
With such operational roadblocks, it's hard for companies to get sexually explicit but educational services off the ground. As such, there's less choice and variety for people looking to learn about sexual behavior, intimacy and well-being. Not only can this be a detriment to individual consumers, but, some would argue, to society as a whole. That is the real bizarre discontinuity with our culture right now. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read. Discussion thre can be closed at any time at our discretion.
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