At SLFEX, we’re all about revolutionizing the erotic economy. We’re endlessly excited about the work that we’re doing and the future of the industry as a whole. We want you to join us in excitement and in community so we can all enjoy what lies ahead. Though, it’s difficult to get pumped about the future of something if you’re not even sure that something is. So, we’d like to take a hot second (or minute) to give you the lowdown on what the erotic economy is.
While the terms “erotic” and “economy” are defined objectively, they have many different definitions when put together. So, we’re going to give you the definition of the erotic economy as we see it and as we use it.
Your One-Minute Run Down: The Erotic Economy
We define it as the buying, selling, and trading of goods and services that are erotic in nature. While this can be concretely understood by way of things like erotic art, adult entertainment, pleasure products, etc, it can also be understood more abstractly as the commodification of one’s sexuality and sexual expression. When we talk about commodifying one’s sexuality and expression, it does implicate the physical body in some cases. Therefore, it’s important to understand that this commodification is not sinister and for the purpose of exploitation, but the opposite.
The erotic economy allows ownership over one’s body, sexuality, expression, and any culmination of the three. Therefore, it empowers folks to leverage their passions, talents, and physicality in whatever ways are empowering for them. Of course, there is the opportunity to turn a profit in doing so, hence the word “economy.”
Now, this is a description we are working towards, not necessarily the one we are working within right now. Today’s erotic economy encompasses everything from porn to sex work, and intimacy products to erotic creativity. There’s a whole lot of beauty and inspiration within the industry, but with commodification often comes exploitation.
The thing is, when it comes to an economy, there are many more stakeholders than just those who work within it. There are the consumers, governing and regulatory forces, and societal onlookers that can shape the industry from the outside looking in. Today’s erotic economy requires a shift in power, a shift to give power back to the people that keep it alive: the erotic creators and sex workers.
When we talk about this topic, we’re simultaneously talking about where we are now and where we are headed. We’re revolutionizing the erotic economy and we hope you’ll come along for the ride.