Durex at Social Media Week: Connecting Couples With ‘Real Sex’ Conversations

Does your partner really know you? Do you tell each other what really turns you on, or what bedroom maneuvers you’ve always wanted to try? Chances are, you haven’t, and you’re not alone. As a nation, we shy away from real pillow-talk with our closest companion, preventing us from going further in the bedroom. Even with constant exposure to sexual content in pop culture and 24/7 access to porn, sex remains one of the most taboo topics of conversation amongst couples. Durex®, a global sexual wellbeing brand, believes everyone should have a healthy and emotionally fulfilling sex life and knows regular communication is key to having great sex. This year, the brand wants to rid the taboos around ‘sex talk’ by encouraging couples to initiate the conversation in the bedroom.

In line with this mission, Durex has created a hub of online tips and videos to help couples talk about sex and their relationships in a healthy way; from sharing what you want in bed to an online fantasy finder for couples to ‘sexplore’ with one another. Durex has also explored the role technology plays in communicating with our loved ones. Given social media has revolutionized how we access everything in our lives, it comes as no surprise that it has impacted and intruded upon our relationships. A recent survey by Durex found that while technology has us using our hands more than ever, all that smartphone tapping has overtaken real touch between couples . When asked what methods they most frequently use to talk to their partner, 77 percent answered using their smartphone, with only 19 percent regularly communicating through touch. Based on these findings, Durex challenged couples to turn off their phones and focus on turning on their partner over the Valentine’s Day Weekend by discovering the Language of Touch.

Building on this, Durex is partnering with Cindy Gallop, founder and CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn.com, to trigger this much-needed conversation at New York Social Media Week, on February 20, 2014. The afternoon session will explore topics including the future of the sex world and what it means for innovators and marketers. The session will also look at the ways that media and entertainment are propagating unrealistic portrayals of sex and how this negatively impacts society, and could be a barrier to real-sex conversations between couples. Representatives from these industries, including Aurore Trepo, Marketing Director for Durex, will discuss how everyone has a part to play in inspiring healthier representation of real sex in the media.

There is a lot to learn from the event itself, but also from our sponsor. Durex has repeatedly created sharable content with viral tendencies to trigger and inspire that all important conversation. To be part of the conversation with Durex and Cindy Gallop at SMW, register here and follow us @Durex_USA and www.facebook.com/durexUSA.