Written by Vivian Giang for Fast Company. Originally published on April 25th, 2014.
Cindy Gallop has a thing for younger men.
It was her experience dating younger men–and her realization that they were overly influenced by pornography–that led her to launch MakeLoveNotPorn (MLNP), a user-generated digital marketplace trying to “normalize” real sex.
Gallop’s reasoning is that our anti-sex culture prevents us from talking about sex and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for us to differentiate between “real sex” and, fake sex, or porn sex. The former advertising consultant has made it her mission to change society’s outdated views, but said it has been difficult to find investors. Amazon, PayPal, Apple, Android,d and even Chase Bank refuse to do business with her and others like her.
“Every obstacle that a tech startup encounters–if it has to do with sex, you triple that struggle for us,” says Gallop. “Every piece of business infrastructure that every startup takes for granted in setting up, we can’t because the small print always says ‘no adult content.’”