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It’s bad enough that Zoom enables work meetings when you’re trying to enjoy your pandemic vacation, but to find that Zoom has actually taken steps to prevent sexy times on their app? Why would anyone want to be such an utter buzzkill?
Future of Sex has some ideas for countering the prudish app. Most people agree that consenting adults should be able to get up to whatever sexual activity they enjoy. In the time of Coronavirus, those who are separated from their partners, or are unable to socialize and meet new people, are in crisis. We’re all looking for ways to find intimacy with our partners and stay connected—so it’s hard to imagine why Zoom is branding itself as a party pooper. After all, the reason virtual meeting technology is so advanced in the first place is that it was pushed forward by the sex industry.
Kink.com is as concerned as we are, and is offering sex-themed backgrounds you can add to your next Zoom call. Whether your personal style includes a Victorian drawing room, a padded cell, a bondage dungeon, or something even darker, Kink.com has you covered. The images are of the actual sets at Mission District Armory at Kink’s San Francisco location.
The backgrounds are technically safe for work, in that they don’t contain nudity or profanity. That said, a row of urinals might not be the ideal background for your next planning session with your boss.
Sure, it’s funny to use sex dungeon backgrounds for everyday virtual conversations. But these backgrounds are more a sociopolitical statement than an attempt at humor. Zoom should be called out on their invasive, repressive attitude. It infantilizes users and serves no real purpose other than placating the sex negative. We all suffer when we let others tell us that sex is wrong, dirty, bad, or that it should be a source of shame.
One way or another, Zoom needs to understand that digital sex isn’t going anywhere.