Image courtesy of http://betakit.com/tag/mars-discovery-district/ Women May be From Venus, But They Want to Conquer MaRS Earlier this year, I took up a summer start-up course at MaRS, (a public and private sector incubation space) to interrogate the idea of an erotic edutainment platform further. The Web is currently saturated with erotic content through the male lens. … More Prelude to a Start-Up
Openness and Serendipity Image courtesy of http://www.dallasobserver.com/video/tammi-true-remembers-jack-ruby-and-the-texas-theatre-LmrRtEe1 Over the last six months, I’ve distributed informal surveys on porn consumption, visited sex education groups, scrolled through numerous porn and camming sites, read academic papers, watched a lot of TED talks, ploughed through books on female pleasure, prostitution and seduction and recognize that all of this barely … More Openness and Serendipity
Image courtesy of http://www.wambamclub.com/ Once I’d exhausted the Kama Sutra (if one can ever exhaust the Kama Sutra), I moved on to the visibly, sultry, sexy space of burlesque. Burlesque is, at its essence, a striptease and it is also much more than a striptease. I interviewed a number of burlesque dancers including Crystal Precious … More Burlesque — Helping or Hindering Women?
Image courtesy of https://thump.vice.com/en_uk/video/watch-a-short-film-for-marcel-dettmanns-seduction-feat-emika Upon embarking on this adventure, I’d imagined seduction as an individual’s ability to influence others, typically for sexual gain, but applicable to any form of power play. “Seduction” as a complex behavioural model to unpack and more interesting territory than the effort of trying “to be sexy”. Seduction may be defined … More The Art, Science and Business of Seduction
Scene from Mr & Mrs Smith We know more about our partners and potential partners than ever before, as algorithms chart our compatibility, Twitter — the minutiae of our daily lives, Instagram — our most flattering selfies and Facebook — our passions. Social media isn’t just having a negative impact on girls’ self-esteems, it’s also impacting our sex lives. As Janet Street-Porter … More Sex Education and Sexual Intimacy
Image courtesy of http://www.thedirtynormal.com/about/about-emily/ Emily Nagoski blows up the myth of the male sex “drive” in her book ‘Come As You Are, The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life’. As Nagoski explains: “I think the cultural dominance of spontaneous desire is actually grounded in the myth of sex as a drive. A … More Women and Sex
Image courtesy of http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/03/29/472211301/girls-sex-and-the-importance-of-talking-to-young-women-about-pleasure Earlier this year, the New York Times published an article by Jonah Bromwich titled “Study of Teenagers Asks: Who’s Happier, Boys or Girls?, relating to a report published by the World Health Organization. It is one of a number of articles in 2016 that points to a trend in poorer mental … More Girls and Sex
Black Mirror’s “Shut Up and Dance” episode, featuring a storyline involving child pornography “It’s really a form of internet addiction. People get trapped in a bubble where they move from adult porn to teenage girls and then younger and younger [children], not thinking of these girls as being the same age as their own daughters, … More Child Pornography
Image courtesy of http://www.silicon.co.uk/wpcontent/uploads/2012/04/Internet-porn.jpg Porn is often demonised by the evangelical Right with their rule book for appropriate sex, or dismissed by the liberal Left who don’t believe this is a problem that affects them directly. As Jane Langton explains in her “Motion for Masturbation — The Naked Truth” “In the ancient aristocracies, the wealthy men had … More Why is Porn Such a Problem Anyway?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein Few of us grown-ups exercise much imagination for our own futures. In my move back to the UK this year, … More Imagination before Knowledge