Porn & Camming: Coronavirus بر جنسیت مجازی تأثیر می گذارد ، بیش از حد


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Photographed by Michael Beckert.

In the

age of coronavirus

, many of us are glued to our TVs, phones, and laptops. We’re eating up the news — that’s a given. We’re streaming workouts. We’re Zooming friends and coworkers. And we may not be talking about it as much, but we’re also using our screens to watch porn, order vibrators, and connect with

cam-models

It makes sense that the virtual sex industry would be booming as many of us are

participating in social distancing

. “More people are using technology-mediated ways to have sex than before because that’s all that is available to them right now,” says

Myisha Battle

, certified sex and dating coach. “We see spikes in pornography use during periods of unemployment, which is something that so many of us are living through right now.” 

Plus, research shows that

sex is a stress reliever

. “I would say that people think they’re looking for sex, but what many of them are looking for is to manage their anxiety by finding a connection,”

Nan Wise

, PhD, a sex therapist, relationship specialist, and cognitive neuroscientist. “We often conflate our sexual needs with our need for closeness.” 

Here, a deep dive into how the pandemic is affecting different aspects of the virtual sex industry.

They’re not the only site slashing prices right now. “Pretty much every paid pornography site and online sex toy retailer is offering some deal on their products and content, so I encourage taking advantage of that,” Battle says. “I also love

the Dipsea app

for people who want to escape into audio sexual content during masturbation.” 

For those who like their sexual fantasies to be grounded in reality, you’ll be glad to know that people are also

making and watching coronavirus-themed porn

. As one filmmaker and star previously told Refinery29. “I think people are drawn to this because it’s one of those fears that you can’t come to terms with.” 

Photographed by Natalia Mantini.

Jenny Ainslie-Turner

, a phone sex expert and operator who’s been in the sex industry for 20 years, says coronavirus may actually be

adversely

impacting her work. Many industries are experiencing, or

expecting to experience, layoffs

. As a result, people are tightening their belts — in part, by avoiding spending money on sex.

At the same time, “more girls are turning to phone chat to earn money,” explains Ainslie-Turner, who lives and works in the UK. “The company I now work for had 22 new girls start last week and 14 the week before,” she says. “When I log on to our website, there’s as many as 21 girls waiting for a call but only six girls chatting with callers.” Demand is down, but supply is up — and that can be a problem.

Similarly,

IsMyGirl

, a subscription-based adult social platform, says their new model sign ups are increasing more than 200% worldwide on average. The company’s founder Evan Seinfeld tells Refinery29 that means revenue is up, too.

Still, everyone being cooped up at home poses other challenges for the industry. “The difficulties are children being home, and, of course, wives,” Ainslie-Turner says. “So, obviously, no chance to make the call… Cheekily, I’m hoping to sell more erotic audio downloads. I refer to them as iWanks.” 

Although the industry is hitting some snags,

The New York Post

reports that some cam models are still thriving. Joslyn Jane, who does solo videos for the site OnlyFans, says she’s been bringing in $1,700 a week in sales and tips, up from her typical average of $1,050.

Photographed by Ashley Armitage.

Right now, officials are advising against co-mingling, and instead are suggesting people masturbate. Really. The New York City Department of Health even put out a memo on Saturday that read, in part: “

You are your safest sex partner

.” 

sex toy companies want you to heed that advice, and, as

Refinery29 previously reported

, they’re offering some serious deals. That includes a 40% discount on

a highly sought after remote control vibrator

. Wise says you can use tools like these to connect with your partner, even if you’re not quarantining together. “

Wow Tech

makes a device called

We-Connect

that is billed as ‘don’t let distance get in the way of your passion,'” she says. With these

LDR-friendly toys

, your boo can use a smartphone app or BlueTooth to control speed and vibrations for you, without even being in the room.

Sexting and FaceTime hookups

If sex toys, porn, and cybersex aren’t your thing, there are still ways to spice up your social distancing — even if you’re not physically with your lover. As Wise puts it, “You can still do face to face even if you can’t do flesh to flesh.” She suggests using platforms such as FaceTime, WhatsApp, or even Zoom to, ahem, connect with partners.

“Some apps are more secure than others,” Battle cautions. “WhatsApp, for instance, offers encrypted messaging. If you want to explore exchanging sexy pics, video sex, or sexting you can make an agreement to clear out any saved data after each session or after a specific period of time.”

If you want to try video sex but are a little shy,

Dr. Jess O’Reilly

, PhD,

Astroglide

’s resident sexologist, suggests starting with the lights off. “They don’t need to see every curve and contour to get the picture,” O’Reilly says. “Touch yourself in the dark so they have to watch intently to decipher your body.”

Wise’s best tip is to focus on intimacy. “I would encourage people to think about connecting deeply about what they are thinking, feeling, and what’s happening in light of the big changes we are experiencing,” she says. “They could see this as an opportunity to experience sex as more than genital friction or orgasmic relief, but as a way to have a real connection.” 

 

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