Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks focus on connecting people and furthering social interactions. However, the hope that the internet would open up dialogue around previously taboo topics has been largely disappointed, seemingly doing nothing to make us feel more comfortable discussing death, disease or sex.
Specifically, universal access to hardcore pornography has distorted the way a generation thinks and talks about sex. To correct the myths being propogated, Cindy Gallop launched MakeLoveNotPorn, a crowd-sourced site where anyone can submit an intimate video and share it with the world, placing an emphasis on real-life intimacy and encouraging an open conversation around the topic of sex.
By creating a new vocabulary not inherited from the male-dominated porn industry, Cindy wants to make it easier for partners to communicate about what they want in bed in a way that is both gender-equal and sexy. In On! The Future of Now, Cindy shares her belief that you should “Never be worried or embarrassed about the words coming out of your mouth.” She goes on to discuss why good communication about tough topics is crucial and the ways that social media can be a tool to lift the stigma from these subjects.
*This post is part of a series highlighting personal stories and key themes from our new book, On! The Future of Now. Order your copy of On! The Future of now here. Proceeds to support Charity: Water.
About On! The Future of Now
Published in partnership with Nokia and curated by Toby Daniels and Craig Hepburn, On! The Future of Now is a collection of essays and personal stories from leading thinkers, including best-selling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin; Cindy Gallop, founder of Make Love Not Porn; Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of BuzzFeed and Leah Busque, founder of TaskRabbit. On! The Future of Now is available in eBook and paperback. To buy the book and support Charity: Water, click here.