Sex on The Internet, The Realities of Porn, Sexual Privacy & How Search Affects Them All by Violet Blue (Full Transcript)

Transcript – Violet Blue discusses sex on the internet, the realities of porn, sexual privacy & how search affects them all at Google Tech Talks conference. (October 12, 2007)

 

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Introducing Speaker: Thanks everyone for coming and it’s my pleasure to present Violet Blue.

Violet Blue – Author, Sex Educator

Hello. Thanks for coming and piling in here. This is really packed and it’s really, really awesome.

Before I say anything, I just want to let you know that there won’t be any explicit sexual imagery up here. I’m sorry. Everyone’s over 18, right? But there is going to be some frank sexual talk. So, if you’re uncomfortable with frank graphic, explicit sexual talk, now is the time to probably leave. I saw some of you brought luncheon. You might want to finish that up, probably a good idea.

So, if you look at the posters that were so sweetly put all over the Google campus, you’ve an idea of sort of my résumé and what that basically describes is that I’ve been a sex educator and a writer for almost 10 years. I have over 20 published books in this form, the print form and I have some e-media as well. I have audio books and some e-books coming out soon. The stuff that I’ve written is all non-fiction, so it’s all how-to information on sex which stems from being a sex educator, working in the field, lecturing, doing peer to peer support, peer to peer counseling and working with sex information hotlines, San Francisco Sex Information that’s sfsi.org which is basically we take anyone and everyone who has some kind of crazy emergency, sometimes non-emergency or just sort of Am I normal? question about sex and talk to them, and I lecture to the students. So, I’m actually at the point now where I educate the educators.

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And when I worked at Good Vibrations, I helped developed their educational department. And what I did there was I also developed their outreach department which was sending teams to places like planning parenthood and teaching them about sex toys, and sending teams to places like halfway houses for developmentally disabled adults and teaching them, you know, about good sex and bad sex and being able to sort of navigate their life as adults and things like that. So, I have a pretty wide repertoire. I have a lot of experience – a lot of online experience with sex and searching for sex. Not just because I’ve had a blog for a long time and I’ve been doing pod — sex podcasting for a long time but also because I’ve been working for a site called fleshpot.com for the past several years.

And Fleshpot is a Gawker Media site. However, we’re sort of an island onto ourselves in many ways in that it’s been run by one person. It’s been run by John O for a very long time and I was the second person that he hired to come on. Partly because he was re-blogging a lot of stuff that I was blogging and then we started talking and we’re like, “Hey, we should just do this together,” but he also wanted to bring in inclusivity to the site. So, it’s a site, you know, that’s for — it’s primarily targeted toward a heteronormative audience, so like a straight male audience if you will about porn, run by a gay man, administrated by someone like me. So, and then — since then we’ve hired a bunch of other bloggers so that we can have a really — cover a really diverse spectrum, all genders in all orientations and sort of also get in a little bit of a perceived message that there’s isn’t just one kind of sex out there.

So, the title of this talk is Sex On The Internet, The Realities Of Porn, Sexual Privacy Online and Search which actually wasn’t the title that I picked. That was my editor in front row. So, I came with a subtitle which is Cataloguing All The World’s Information Even If It’s Taboo. As you can see I have someone looking for Ceiling Cat and if you’re unfamiliar with Ceiling Cat, it’s an online little cat mean Ceiling Cat is watching you masturbate. So, the joke is that Ceiling Cat is watching you do naughty things which I think is a great analogy for things about sexual privacy online.

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And I’m going to be doing a bit of reading here because I’ve done — there are a lot of things in here called facts that I want to make sure that I get right, so believe it or not.

The Internet has changed human sexuality forever as we know it. I think that we have yet to see the effects of how the Internet has changed the way that we express ourselves as human beings. Basically, sexual information has been locked down, commodified. It’s been held in certain channels. It’s been presented in certain ways. Sexual information and pornography has been held to controlling interest due to government influences, due to personal opinion, due to religious influences and also due to distribution influences. Distribution influences primarily being people like booksellers who want to sell books about certain sex topics which is why a majority of my books are with independent publishers so I can talk about sex from an all genders, all orientations perspective which means stream sex publishing is still scared to death of. Even though they’re trying to negotiate with me for books, they’re still like super afraid that I talk to gays and stuff like that. It’s amazing how backwards they are.

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