#2: Cindy Gallop, Laureen HD & Jared Matthew Weiss: Overcoming Shame and Taboo.

Welcome to this week’s episode!

This is the second part of the episode exploring taboo and shame in our society.

Our first guest is Cindy Gallop, creator of Make Love Not Porn

Cindy and I talk about:

  • Make Love Not Porn’s vision to normalize real world sex
  • Women of Sex Tech community in New York

  • How Cindy’s TED talk evolved out of dating younger men and how porn has become the default sex education

  • ‘Social sex.’ What is it? Much more than watching people have sex.

  • Stories from Make Love Not Porn (MLNP) viewers - MLNP couples having babies, porn stars who share the sex they have off-set in the real world with MLNP

  • The challenges of building a sex tech product in this cultural climate or "when prude investors cockblock sex and no one gets off."

  • And finally, why is sex so difficult to talk about?

“Women challenge the status quo, because they are never it”

Laureen HD, Sex Educator and YouTube Creator

Laureen and I talk about:

  • Herpes diagnosis, what it means and how it effects you

  • Starting a YouTube channel to reach people diagnosed

  • 'Can I Ask You A Question?' campaign in Central Park

  • Herpes stigma, how perception vs. stigma weigh in?

  • As a publicly open person about her status, Laureen describes the challenges of people knowing about it before they meet her, from dates to her first day at work

Jared Matthew Weiss, Touchpoint founder

Jared and I (and others) talk about:

  • Why people love going to Touchpoint

  • How Jared started Touchpoint

  • How to start to change the conversation

Show Links & Mentions

Bryony Cole