What is sextech and why is everyone ignoring it?


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Burgeoning industries like fintech, edtech and healthtech are constantly in the news. But not sextech. Given the ubiquity of sex, is that about to change?

‘Sextech’ is a term you may not have heard a great deal about – as of yet. However, if you search the hashtag #sextech on Twitter, you’ll start to get a sense of how many exciting things are happening in the space right now, and why this is a tech sector that should be monitored as much as any other.

What is the definition of sextech?

Sextech is technology, and technology-driven ventures, designed to enhance, innovate and disrupt in every area of human sexuality and human sexual experience.

Why is it important?

Sextech is important because sex and sexuality lie at the heart of everything we are and everything we do.

The Sex-Ed Queens of YouTube Don’t Need a Ph.D.

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This is Laci Green, the sex-ed queen of YouTube. Since posting her first video from her dorm room in 2008 (it was a review of her NuvaRing), her videos have been viewed a combined 131 million times. She’s building a digital empire around what she calls “sex ed for the internet,” and she’s leading a new generation of amateur sexperts along with her. They earn money from college speaking engagements; ads on YouTube; and by sponsoring products like Durex condoms and the period-tracker app Clue.

And traditional media companies, like Viacom and Univision, are getting in on the action, too, snapping up online sex-ed personalities and releasing their own pop-sexual content.

For young people raised with abstinence-only education in school and unfettered pornography online, these internet sex gurus offer a third option — access to other young people who feel comfortable talking about sex. This is sex ed by and for internet natives: It is personal, energetic, unfiltered and not entirely fact-checked.


Tech company accused of collecting details of how customers use sex toys

The data collected, she claims, allows the We-Vibe maker to link information about use and preferences to a specific customer.

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A Chicago woman is suing a tech company she accuses of collecting intimate information about how its customers use their sex toys.

The woman, identified only as NP in her lawsuit, is suing the maker of We-Vibe, a personal vibrator that can be controlled by a smartphone, accusing the company of secretly amassing “highly sensitive, personally identifiable information” about how and when she used the device.

The woman claims that the device maker violated numerous laws by collecting information about her and other users’ preferred vibration settings, the dates and times the device is used, “and incredibly”, the email addresses of We-Vibe owners who had registered their devices. The data collected, she claims, allows the We-Vibe maker to link information about use and preferences to a specific customer.

Two steps forward, one back

This article in The Economist offers a review of two new books, including “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.” by Nancy Jo Sales. Here is an excerpt:

For many girls, the constant seeking of “likes” and attention on social media can “feel like being a contestant in a never-ending beauty pageant”, writes Nancy Jo Sales in “American Girls”, a thoroughly researched if sprawling book. In this image-saturated environment, comments on girls’ photos tend to focus disproportionately on looks, bullying is common and anxieties about female rivals are rife. In interviews, girls complain of how hard it is to appear “hot” but not “slutty”, sexually confident but not “thirsty” (ie, desperate). That young women often aspire to be titillating should not be surprising given that the most successful female celebrities often present themselves as eye-candy for the male gaze. “Everybody wants to take a selfie as good as the Kardashians’,” says Maggie, a 13-year-old.

Such self-objectification comes at a cost. A review of studies from 12 industrialised countries found that adolescent girls around the world are increasingly depressed and anxious about their weight and appearance.

Sexual performance: Theatre works tackle internet porn

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For theatre to be relevant, it can’t ignore technological developments and their impact on our lives. Yet staging technology is famously hard to do well – people staring at computer screens is theatrically inert, but go too hard on the techno-wizardry and you risk no longer feeling theatrical at all.

The problem, you might imagine, would only be compounded when dealing with one of the most vexed aspects of online culture: internet porn. And yet this hot topic for media debate is also finding its way onto theatre stages – not literally, I hasten to add. Playwrights are finding dramatically inventive ways to ask questions about how easily accessible hard-core pornography might be influencing our society.

And if you’re thinking this is a niche concern for late-night feminist fringe shows – well, you’d only be partly correct. There have been breakout hits from Edinburgh in recent years on online sex and sexualisation: consider Bryony Kimmings’ Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model, her quest to change the world after being horrified by what her nine-year-old niece could see on the internet, or Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, about a young woman whose porn habit helps ruin her relationship.