The Silent Censorship
We’ve launched a change.org petition highlighting how the current policies around adult content are inconsistent, damaging, and biased against women and other marginalized communities. If you’re ready to challenge social media platforms and their discriminatory policies, please sign our petition.
Female Pleasure Has Been Stigmatized by the Internet For Too Long
It's 2020. Self Pleasure, and Sexual Education shouldn't be taboo anymore. Yet, the big corporations policies keep stigmatizing it and pushing it away like it's something dirty, unwanted, and something we shouldn't see. Sex is everywhere in advertising. We're almost blind to it. However, when you're trying to sell/talk about actual female and LGBTQI sexual pleasure, suddenly a line is crossed.
Join us in this crusade to ask these big companies why, and ask them to reconsider their policies.
SEX SELLS, BUT ONLY WHEN YOU TARGET MEN
Change Through Education
Listen to the Experts
“Advertising platforms are shooting themselves in the foot with gender-biased sextech bans. The ability for female-founded sexual health and wellness brands to advertise and therefore to scale, unlocks the ability to raise serious funding from venture capitalists and investors in search of unicorns, which in turn guarantees serious revenue for those platforms. There's a huge amount of money to be made out of taking women seriously - especially when it comes to sex.
Every investor and venture capitalist should be joining and supporting this campaign. Erectile dysfunction solution platforms Roman and Hims both launched in 2017. Each has consistently raised huge amounts of money from male venture capitalists (Roman $376 million, Hims $297 million) taking both to unicorn valuations (Roman $1.5 billion, Hims $1billion) in just three years - because they were able to spend huge amounts of money on advertising to grow.”
Cindy Gallop, advertising expert, and founder and CEO of Make Love, Not Porn
"Sexual pleasure is vital to both our sexual and our overall health. Using sex toys is not only common, but people who use vibrators are more likely to see a medical provider and have better sexual function*. Sexual pleasure is neither gratuitous nor unnecessary. Lack of advertising in the sexual health and wellness space prevents people (regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, or relationship status) from the getting the information and services they need, as well as creates a culture of shame around sex. Shame has never been good for our emotional or intimate lives. We can (and should) do better."
*Herbenick D, Reece M, Sanders S, Dodge B, Ghassemi A, and Fortenberry JD. Prevalence and characteristics of vibrator use by women in the United States: Results from a nationally representative study. J Sex Med 2009;6:1857–1866.
Dr. Logan Levkoff, AASECT Certified Sex Educator and Sex Educator Supervisor.
A generation ago, smart women found a way to achieve gains in women’s sexual health for which they had long fought. Prescription contraception was not largely covered by insurance for about 40 years — until Viagra was introduced in 1998 and quickly covered. Women’s groups then showed it was discriminatory to cover Viagra but not prescription contraception.
Today, old erectile-dysfunction patents are expiring, enabling a new wave of innovation and E.D. start-ups. They’ve been accompanied by mass advertising, not the wink-and-nod advertisements of decades ago, but ads that are more explicit than ever. And so it’s time once again to point out double standards and demand improvements in women’s lives. I, for one, am fine with walking onto the subway and seeing giant penises depicted as cactuses in erectile dysfunction ads; I would simply like to see some papayas alongside them.
Jackie Rotman, Founder & CEO of Center for Intimacy Justice
Have you been affected by an unfair content ban on Social Media, or have you seen an ad, article or brand that has been allowed to advertise their product in a sexist way? Let us know here and we'll make sure to publish it.