Who are we?
Who founded The Porn Conversation?
Hi there! We are Erika Lust (she/her) and Pablo Dobner (he/him), a married couple living in Barcelona with our two daughters born in 2007 and 2010. Back in 2005 we started a production company to innovate how we consume pornography, creating content that is sex-positive and relevant for women. We were concerned about women and their partners not being able to find adult cinema made with an ethical production process, so we decided to do it ourselves! Now we own a successful company and Erika Lust Films is the vanguard of alternative erotic cinema.However, now we are worried about something new: online pornography and the effect it is having on young people. The truth is, children are stumbling across porn at as young as 9 years years old - and we can't ignore this.
Without supportive porn has become the new sex ed. Porn can be misogynistic, racist, and violent and leaves young people of all genders and sexualities with a misunderstanding of what sex is and what respectful relationships look like. With the ever-growing online sex culture of today, we can't stop the younger generation from ever being exposed to sexualized images.
But we can teach, we can talk, we can make children and teens aware and critical of the messages they are receiving. So we created this non-profit project to help provide families and educators free and easily accessible tools to teach and to talk with the younger generation - beginning with the topic of porn literacy.
Don't be afraid, have #thepornconversation with your children and students. The sooner the better!
The Porn Conversation?
As a thought leader in the CSE and SRHR industry, Avril contributes to articles (Cosmopolitan, VICE, Sexual Health Magazine), speaks at engaging events (SXSW EDU, Sex Tech School, Oxford Feminist Society), and fosters community through curated events (The Standard, Soho House), all aimed at creating a more informed and empowered society. She offers her expertise as a consultant in the realms of sexual health, sex tech, and fem tech. Having assisted companies and startups in these fields in breaking into the U.S. and European markets by providing valuable insights. With a passion for innovation and education, she collaborates with brands to navigate these vital spaces, ensuring that their messages resonate and create a meaningful impact. She currently serve as the in-house Sexologist and Global Brand Manager for ERIKALUST and manages The Porn Conversation, a groundbreaking non-profit dedicated to enhancing access to sex-positive education for young people with a focus on media literacy. Find out more about Avril at her website SexologyGirl.com
PhD, MA2, CSES (she/her)
Bianca I Laureano is an award-winning educator, curriculum writer, and sexologist. She is a co-foundress of the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) and ANTE UP! a virtual freedom school offering professional development training and certification. She has written several curricula and the sexual and reproductive justice discussion guide for the NYC Department of Health published in 2018 and led the curriculum development for the Netflix film Crip Camp and the PBS documentary I Didn’t See You There, which are rooted in disability justice principles. She is an AASECT certified sexuality educator and supervisor and in May 2020 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the California Institute for Integral Studies for her work in expanding the US sexuality field. She is the editor of The People’s Book of Human Sexuality: Expanding the Sexology Archive. Find out more about Bianca at her website BiancaLaureano.com and about ANTE UP! at AnteUpPD.com