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Sputnik News Explores Virtual Sexology

Once again, I’m late in acknowledging this press coverage, months late in fact.

Sputnik News posted this colorful article about virtual sexology in its Society section, positing that as virtual reality (VR) enhances audience engagement, porn is the first industry pushing the envelope.

Case in point: Virtual Sexology from BaDoinkVR, an exposure therapy solution that broadens the scope of erotic entertainment, promising to make people better, more attentive lovers.

Virtual Sexology star August Ames holding Kiiroo's Onyx approaches male performer
Virtual Sexology: Coming to a Bedroom Near You

The article talks of porn stars as sexual mentors, with August Ames the first, and by no means the only. Others certainly coming, their talents enlisted to spread the gospel of a sex positive lifestyle through education and VR porn.

Sputnik News does acknowledge that Virtual Sexology, on the face of it, appears to only target men. And how could it not be perceived that way? It’s from a male POV. I wonder, in retrospect, whether we should have split the program in half. Then it would have seemed more gender neutral. Might have been a good idea. But speaking of POV, hindsight gives one 20/20 vision.

Time was a factor though, and splitting the program up into two points of view would have likely required two days of VR porn shooting, if not a good deal more  pre-production work.

This isn’t to say that Sputnik was being pejorative in its observations. The article is even-handed, and via quotes from myself, indicated that it is BaDoinkVR’s goal to create more productions tailored more evenly to both sexes.

Parenthetically, props to the writer–anonymous unfortunately–for the fresh observation that the term teledildonics sounds like it was birthed in the Star Trek universe, alongside gadgets like the Food Replicators and Medicinal Hyposprays.

There are also some nice quotes in the article attributed to the Hernando Chaves, the sex therapist BaDoinkVR enlisted to write the script and oversee the virtual sexology production.

So thanks for the coverage Sputnik News! Virtual Sexology has arrived, and the first installment is only the beginning!


New article on Virtual Sexology (The Saturday Paper)

An Australian paper discusses virtual sexology, and virtual reality pornography. I’m quoted throughout.

Porn star in bedroom standing beside four-post bed
Virtual Sexology: Getting down to business

I continue to be excited by how engaged the media is by the concept of sex therapy via virtual reality. Journalist Gillian Terzis penned this piece, and she does a great thing in that she describes herself, and in so doing, immerses the reader in the virtual sexology scene we created with sex therapist Hernando Chaves. As well, there were quotes from Ela Darling, a big name in VR porn.

El Pais VR pornography Article Goes Live

Here it is and here’s the link to the unedited interview that the writer drew from. The Virtual Sexology story continues to generate interest. It’s a product, I reckon, of two facts.

  1. It’s odd for a porn brand to offer a product aimed directly at helping people.
  2. There is a dearth of video content out there developed for the purpose of improving adults’ sex lives. Books, sure. And there are likely videos out there, but they don’t have the distribution channels that we do.

The lack of sex education in our world is an elephant in the room casting a shadow on our own species. This had doubtless been posited numerous times, but one has to ask how we would explain the human sex life to an alien species.

Virtual Sexology in Vanguardia (Mexico)

Published today. It’s cool that this story, two months in, still has some legs. The author makes the point that virtual reality evangelists have stated that VR delivers benefits that extend beyond its quantum technological leap.  Virtual Sexology, VR porn site BaDoinkVR’s sex therapy program, the article reads, is one example of a delivery on that promise.

The post contains quotes from Todd Glider, as well as Hernando Chaves, the sex therapist behind the first virtual sexology production.

August Ames in Virtual Sexology
August Ames stars in Virtual Sexology production

Swiss Sexologist Sizes up Virtual Sexology

Swiss periodical, 20 Minuten discussed Virtual Sexology, BaDoinkVR’s VR porn sex therapy program, in article today. Most exciting about this piece was the fact that the paper went through the trouble of having a Swiss sexologist weigh on the merits of the exposure therapy solution we just unleashed on the world.

Virtual Sexology star Kitana Lure holding a dumbbell and wearing a black t-shirt, and shorts in a gym

His objections, or perhaps doubts is the better word, are legitimate, and similar to those voiced in Vice Motherboard recently.  The issue is that while the point of view might be the end user’s, it’s most certainly not going to be his or her own body. It’s going to be a surrogate–in this case the male porn star, specifically porn star Tommy Gunn. He rebukes the sexologist we hired for the production–Hernando Chaves–for the same reason.

This will be the case until Augmented Reality comes along.

Virtual Sexology covered by Thai periodical

Thailand is not all that tolerant of pornography. In order to watch porn in Bangkok you’re going to need to hop on a virtual private network. Otherwise, you’ll hit a page that explains that the site you tried to reach is not deemed acceptable by the king of Thailand. I have not been back since King Bhumibol Adulyadej died. Son Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun is now king, but there was that period when he had not yet accepted the role of king. Wonder if the message on that page was the same during that window of time. $100 says the answer is ‘Yes’.

Blonde star preparing for a VR porn virtual sexology shoot smiling and wearing a black top

So it’s surprising, and exciting to note that Virtual Sexology was covered in a Thai periodical.  Google’s auto-translate helps, but not as much as one would like. They mention Virtual Sexology, but the translation suggests that the story is mostly about BaDoinkVR, which is fine. On the other hand, the translation could be so deplorable, that in the actual Thai version, it’s the most insightful bit of coverage Virtual Sexology has afforded. No way of knowing.

Virtual Sexology is in Bustle.com

Lea Rose Emery penned this article, Published in Bustle August 3, 2016. Topic is Virtual Sexology and VR Porn. It’s light-hearted, penetrating and enthusiastic about the concept. Emery says “I love the idea,” and I loved reading that. Of course we want it to succeed for commercial reasons, but it is, simultaneously something this country needs. Yes, we’re trying to help with sex ed, and thanks to support like this, we’ll continue to do our best to help adults become better lovers.