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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 6°C
NEXT Berlin via Creative Commons/Flickr Cindy Gallop, founder of Make Love Not Porn.
# Sex please
Ireland is the '6th highest' sign-up to Make Love Not Porn website
Cindy Gallop founded the real-life sex video website to counter the myths of the porn industry – and revealed this morning that Irish people have been signing up in droves.

AN ONLINE PROJECT that aims to debunk myths about sex perpetuated by the online porn industry – by showing videos of real couples having sex – has been received very well by Ireland, according to its founder.

Speaking at yesterday’s web summit in Dublin, tech entrepreneur Cindy Gallop called on Irish people to upload videos of themselves making love as part of her MakeLoveNotPorn project.

The aim of Gallop’s project is to expose the differences between porn and real-life sex – in an age where hardcore pornography is widely available and perhaps the first place that young people learn about sex.

She told delegates the project was not anti-porn but “pro-sex, pro-porn, pro-telling the difference”. Couples were asked to send their ‘warts and all’ videos to show the funny, awkward side to real-life sex – and, potentially, even highlight the cultural differences in how people of different nationalities approach sex.

Tweeting this morning, Gallop said she had woken up to a staggering 92,000 signups for the Make Love Not Porn project – with Ireland ranking a very respectable 6th place.

According to Gallop, Ireland was creating the 6th highest traffic after the US, UK, Denmark, Belgium and Korea.

Check out Cindy’s Ted talk in 2009 (NOTE: contains some sexual language)


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