Welcome to the home of the Unzipped: The Business of Sex® podcast. The show, hosted by adult entertainment attorney, Maxine Lynn, features fascinating discussions with some of the biggest players in the pleasure products, porn, and condom industries about the current realities and exciting future ahead. It is an exploration of the intersections of sex, tech, and business.
Today, the sex toy industry is exploding with new and advanced technologies. Appropriately, it’s now being called “Sex Tech,” short for “Sex Technology.” Sex Tech has brought us teledildonics, which allow remote control of dildos as well as remote sex among partners. Sensors allow sex devices to learn about a user’s body, and its responses, and to adjust settings like vibration intensity automatically. And, ultra-life like sex dolls and robots enhanced with artificial intelligence are just around the corner.
This progress has not come without immense challenges. Adult industry brands are banned from advertising on many online platforms, such as Facebook and Google, in addition to many mainstream magazines and television networks. Sex education classes in schools still exclude discussion of pleasure and sex toys, as well as any mention of LGBT sex, from their curricula. Never-before seen ethical and legal issues are arising surrounding sex with dolls and robots, leaving us with more questions than answers right now.
On top of bringing us high tech sex toys, technology has ushered in pornography access and capabilities never previously imagined would be possible. No longer must a person sneak to a strip club for an erotic experience. Massive amounts of pornography are available via the internet 24 hours a day, much of the time at no cost in the privacy of home. Virtual and augmented reality connected with high tech dildos and sleeve devices allow users to experience a simulation of sex in whatever setting they want, and with whomever they want… Even their favorite porn stars. And from the development of webcam technology, a new business was born – Amateur porn. The Internet has given porn producers what they had previously lacked. Wide open access to the consumer. Gone are the days where they are limited to adult only shops or the back room of video rental stores.
But on the flip side, the Internet has led to the demise of many porn production companies because of the ease it brought to the illegal pirating of movies in violation of copyright laws. Pornographers and performers have had to get creative and savvy to be profitable. The industry faces opposition, and borderline discrimination on many fronts. Several states in the United States have declared porn a public health crisis, and the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) is threatening open access to online porn. Adult content is blocked from access in many public Wi-Fi zones. Censorship is still a battle being fought every day.
Focused on business, entrepreneurship, and technology, the conversations on the show between Maxine and her guests touch on the motivations, challenges, and triumphs in building adult brands, as well as the societal norms and taboos that affect each company and the sex industry in general. The podcast is a lens into a captivating world that is in the midst of major developments including massive product innovation, evolving consumer mindsets, and an uncertain legal terrain. Spend a half hour each week with Maxine discovering the intrigues that pepper this vast landscape – It’ll leave you “satisfied” every time!
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