Few industries have felt the same pushback as SexTech. It seems that no matter how valuable, unique, or innovative a product or service is—involving SexTech in the equation inspires prudes to throw up roadblocks. The SexTech industry is resilient and made up of passionate designers, creatives, marketers, and others who simply aren’t willing to take No for an answer. That has led to some fun an...
If there’s one thing everyone should know about sex workers—it’s that they take care of their own. When times are tough, those in the sex industry tend to advocate, uplift, and protect their contemporaries. As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives and livelihoods of sex workers, groups are pooling resources to help sex workers overcome the worst.
Future of Sex reports that unionized sex workers have launched a virtual, bi-monthly strip club. Cybertease advocates for sex worker safety and rights, enforcement of consent, decriminalization, and challenging abusive behavior toward sex workers when it occurs. The group is passionate about sex worker issues, and about SW’s staying in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community—especially concerning sociopolitical issues which overlap strongly between groups.
Cybertease events offer an alternative to heteronormative strip clubs that focus on one beauty aesthetic. Events are held via Zoom, and precautions are taken to prevent Zoom bombing, link sharing, and other unwelcome practices. Audiences are treated to group dances, fetish performances, pole dancing—all choreographed by the dancers themselves. There are also VIP sessions on offer that allow users to choose a performer for a private dance that may include microphone access, chatting, and special requests.
Meanwhile, iStripper has finally made the jump to mobile devices. Still in beta, the mobile interface promises to be pretty close to the desktop experience. Tap a dancer of your choice, choose a performance, and fast forward as needed to get to your favorite parts. Users can use their desktop account on the mobile apps. So far, the biggest issue seems to be limited navigation. Surely some users will be frustrated at not being able to filter for body type, hair color, or scene. In fact, dancers currently do their thing against a black background in the mobile app.
Is virtual stripping the wave of the future, or a temporary fix until things get back to normal? Time will tell. For now, it’s great that sex workers are finding alternative ways to earn, while most aspects of the profession are shut down.