19 Mar Night Nomad 2 Wrap Up: Exploring the tech behind intimacy
- Ben Johnston (Moderator), Founder, Josephmark
- Dr Judith Glover, Design Researcher, Industrial Design Program, RMIT University
- Madison Missina, Sexologist + Sex Educator
- Michelle Flynn, Director, Lightsouthern
- Eva Sheliukhina, Founder, Bravi
You can also jump onto the hashtag #SomethingDigital or #NightNomads, or find us under @SD_BNE on Twitter to grab some more meaty insights.
>> On sex as a taboo
“I still think that anything about sex gets you nowhere i.e. in terms of putting in on a grant or an application. If you put it in academia, it’s harder for people to tear it down.” – Judith Glover
“I started producing porn 12 years ago. It’s still very much stigmatised. But tech and platforms have provided a space to talk about it publicly and openly.” – Michelle Flynn
>> On the need for honest and open conversations on sex
“The average age of a male who has viewed hardcore porn is 9 years old. There’s a reason why this is illegal … it’s because it influences their sexuality.” – Madison Missina
“I have a problem with recruiting male talent. We’re not able to recruit male talent who understand what we need from them. They haven’t had these healthy, open and honest conversations about sex.” – Michelle Flynn
>> On the use of tech FOR intimacy
A huge part of this topic is how tech is being used in the creation of sex toys and porn … whilst we didn’t dive specifically into #sexrobots, we did get some insights on the initiatives that are less-hyped by the mainstream media (and we broke some boundaries along the way)..
“We only shoot VR porn in 180 degrees. The performer needs to look right down the other end of the barrel. The intense eye contact + whispering in the ear, that’s paramount to producing VR porn.” – Michelle Flynn