New Technology May Give Bonita A Real Reason To Want To Put You On (Video)
It’s called Virtual Sexology and it’s the 21st century’s version of sex therapy. At its surface level, it’s a virtual-reality 180-degree video experience that combines therapy, sex, technology and psychology. But at its molecular level, it’s a tool that could help revolutionize the way men and women learn about human sexuality. And its primary goal is “to teach guys how to have better sex, both for their own benefit and the benefit of their partner.”
That’s according to Rolling Stone’s John Gaudiosi, who spoke with the creators of the revolutionary video experience Virtual Sexology. It’s available to those using mobile virtual-reality platforms like Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR or the higher-end models like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. In any format, however, the program operates using the same combination of elements: adult-entertainment star August Ames, a sex therapist, and long-standing methodology. Fans of the Showtime series Masters of Sex will be familiar with that methodology and the doctors who created it, because they serve as the foundational blocks upon which Virtual Sexology was built.
Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson “changed the field of human sexuality by introducing concepts like the ability for a female to have multiple orgasms,” writes Gaudiosi, and it’s that female-centered perspective which guides the techniques found in Virtual Sexology‘s educational platform. Users of the program can take advantage of its lessons – which include things like “breathing techniques to help focus on more pleasurable sexual intercourse and Kegel exercises to extend an erection or help prevent premature ejaculation” – in the comfort of their own bedrooms, all the while being “guided” by Ames. What makes the program not just a two-dimensional learning experience that could potentially be done by reading something online is “a synchronized, real-world sexual experience, courtesy of a Kiiroo Onyx sex toy that mimics Ames’ movements as she performs onscreen.”
For men suffering from intimacy issues like low self-esteem, premature ejaculation, or performance anxiety, Virtual Sexology could provide them with an experience which doesn’t carry with it the potential for shame-inducing feelings that meeting with a real-life sex therapist might bring. The VR experience can walk men through exercises which focus on everything from ejaculatory control to simple breathing exercises, all of which aim to make men better sex partners. Users have the option to take the experience even further by purchasing the Kiiroo Onyx sex toy, which Gaudiosi describes as “essentially an internet-connected variation of the Fleshlight” which “can feel like Ames is in the room with [Virtual Sexology users].”
Known as “teledildonics,” this emergent form of sexual-education technology can, according to Gaudiosi’s conversation with human sexuality professor Hernando Chaves, “help with the stop-start method, where the penis is stimulated to the point of orgasm but stopped beforehand to extend the plateau stage that Masters and Johnson identified in their research.”As such, for men who struggle with anxiety in “transitioning from solo masturbation to the real sexual experience with a partner,” the Onyx sex toy can play the role of “a transitional bridge into real life.” Virtual Sexology also has the potential to be a valuable tool for couples, who could very well use the program to deal with intimacy issues as a team.
As Gaudiosi mentions in his opening, much of the work guiding Virtual Sexology‘s principles is the porn industry, which he says “has been blamed for creating unrealistic sexual expectations, and for some addicts, it’s impacted the ability to have healthy sexual relationships in the real world.” With virtual-reality technology dosed from an educational angle, the hope is that it will change perceptions of what sex-on-screen can mean. Chaves hopes that “virtual reality will help debunk the myth that porn is destructive to healthy sexual relationships.”
The unrealistic sexual expectations arising from porn are overwhelmingly disproportionate for men, namely due to the way women’s sexuality is portrayed on film. “[T]here’s a misconception with porn that women don’t have agency, but in VR you see women who are active and asserting themselves with different positions,” writes Gaudiosi. As such, Virtual Sexology does things like focus less on ” the male and their stroke and thrust, and more about women having a focal point on their bodies and the sexual experience,” including things like “stimulating the clitoris.”
However, this doesn’t mean that all of the implications for virtual-reality “sex edutainment” will be about helping men. If successful, Gaudiosi writes, this could be “the beginning of a new franchise that will expand beyond the male perspective.” But for now, at the very least there is a brand new, very real tool on the market that may very well be the harbinger of the next sexual revolution.