- 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)..
“The content that comes out of VR porn is way more intimate and close. It’s a completely different experience to conventional porn.” – Madison Missina.
>> On how tech is influencing our intimacy with each other
While the panellists shared differing opinions on how tech is currently influencing intimacy, there was a general consensus that tech is simply a tool that will bring us back to an intimate human connection.
“People are reverting back to Tinder to make those initial connections before they instigate them in real life … but tech can only take us so far when it comes to intimacy.” – Judith Glover