Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference.

The women taking back the porn industry and moving sextech from boardrooms to bedrooms / Wired

Written by Kate Bevan for WIRED. Originally published on September 2nd, 2016.


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Sextech, much like fintech before it, has grown from a desire to bring an existing industry and human need into the 21st century through the use of technology.

But attempting to define the size of the sextech industry proves more difficult than you would expect: nobody knows how to define it, nobody knows how big it is and nobody knows where it’s going.

500 Startups estimates the industry to be worth in the region of $30.6 billion but many – both in the industry and outside it – struggle with quantifying it so exactly because it’s unclear at what point sex toys and devices become sextech.

There is a plethora of toys with remote control apps. There are also apps to hook you up with men, with women, with BDSM play partners, with folk up for a threesome. There’s VR sex, there are sexbots, there’s teledildonics. There are devices that earnestly try to solve non-existent women’s health “problems”. In short, there are countless apps, devices, websites and services that all fall broadly under the heading of “sextech”.

Cindy Gallop, the outspoken sextech advocate and founder of makelovenotporn.com, defines sextech as “any form of technology or tech venture that enhances, innovates and disrupts in any area of human sexuality and sexual experience”.

Ben Woods, the founder of sextechguide.com added that typically, sex toys become sextech “usually somewhere around the introduction of an app”.


Head over to WIRED to learn more about #sextech!

 

 

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