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Cindy Gallop: Make Love Not Porn

According to some statistics, 12% of sites on the net are pornographic. 25% of all search engine requests are pornographic. And 35% of all internet downloads are pornographic.

Porn is the 800 pound gorilla in the world of online video, and we’re delighted that Cindy Gallop will be talking about what it means at this year’s Open Video Conference.

Cindy Gallop delivered one of the most talked about TEDTalks in history at TED 2009.

Speaking very frankly, and from direct experience, she argued that hardcore pornography has distorted the way a generation of young men think about sex.

At TED 2009, Cindy shared with attendees her plan to fight back, with the launch of a website to educate people about the nuances in human sexuality. At OVC, she’ll start to share the next part of her project: MakeLoveNotPorn.tv, which launches in early 2012.

How do amateurs, independent and niche producers fit into the ecosystem? How can porn be a diverse and sex-positive experience? What’s porn’s place in our media space?

Cindy is not anti-porn, or about judging what’s good or what is bad. Her project is intended to stimulate open, healthy conversations about sex and pornography.

This talk will be frank. This talk will be honest. It will be graphic. But we think Cindy speaks to a hugely under-recognized issue, and does so in a funny and thought-provoking way.

Please note:

This talk will contain explicit sexual discussion and imagery. This may be offensive, triggering, or uninteresting to attendees. As such, attendees are welcome to leave at any point and for any reason — even an important (or not) phone call. Please keep this discussion inside the auditorium, and refrain from discussing the content of this talk with other attendees outside of the session unless you have obtained explicit permission from them. We all have different levels of comfort around these topics and OVC works hard to maintain a safe environment for all attendees. Please note that the conference has a strict policy against harassment of any kind. Visit http://openvideoconference.org/harassment to learn more.

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