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While tech was the focal point of TED in the conference’s early days, the contents of the popular series has certainly broadened for the better. Now, orgasms, porn, and condoms among other sexy subjects have found a place on the stage. From funny to informative and forward-thinking, they’ve been some of the most viewed and most discussed. Here are 10 of our favorite Ted Talks about sex:
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Last month, NPR pulled a pretty masterful April Fools’ prank. They published an article titled “Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?” and put it on Facebook. The response was instantaneous. The likes and the comments came pouring in.
“Porn is homogenizing sex,” Cindy Gallop proclaimed on a recent rainy Wednesday, her blond bob swinging with emphasis. The result, according to Ms. Gallop: A generation of young men, all too many of whom think the most natural landing place for their ejaculate is a woman’s face, and a generation of young women, all too many of whom think they’re required not just to participate, but wholly enjoy such an act.
This isn’t an academic notion for Ms. Gallop, a veteran advertising executive-turned-social theorist-turned-entrepreneur, or a societal ill stumbled across while perusing The Atlantic. “This is me going, ‘I fuck 22-year-olds,’” she said. “I know how this plays out in the real world. And that’s why I’m very motivated to do something about it.”
To that end, Ms. Gallop is launching—in barest beta form, strictly invite-only—MakeLoveNotPorn.tv, a startup she hopes will reverse the porn problem that she has dubbed the “single biggest impact that technology is having on human behavior today” in a manner befitting the internet: paying people to post videos of themselves having real sex.
In a lot of ways TED Talks is the opposite of what you would expect from a viral content creator. It produces 18-minute videos that delve deeply into on esoteric topics like theoretical physics and modern art. Among the skateboarding dogs and teen pop stars, however, this unique approach has found a big audience. Read More