“What Women Want” is the newest instalment in BaDoinkVR’s Virtual Sexology series which–as the name suggests, is designed specifically with the female user in mind. This is a virtual reality experience for sex education and therapy. It aims to bridge the gap between education and entertainment and help women enhance sexual pleasure and performance, both solo and with their partners.
The idea, explains Dinorah Hernandez, Director at BaDoinkVR [NSFW], was to provide a much more hands-on approach to discovering female sexual empowerment: “We’re striving to appeal to a large demographic of women that have been widely ignored by the adult industry, as we recognized that women tend to have different a mindset compared to men when it comes to adult VR,” she said.
Free VR sex therapy—with a gift!
Not only is the experience itself free to download, but BaDoinkVR is also giving away free companion sex toys to the first 10,000 women who request them on the site. The experience was designed “by women and for women,” with input from experts in the field such as AASECT certified sex therapist Dr. Holly Richmond, PhD, who helped to develop the content and exercises featured.
Richmond is a somatic psychologist who works with women, men, and couples on relationship and sexuality issues. She uses somatic (body-based) principles to help uncover subconscious issues that contribute to clients’ primary concerns.
Her treatment specialities include low and absent libido, desire discrepancies in couples, compulsivity issues with sex and pornography, recovery from sexual assault and abuse, alternative sexual lifestyles, and those working or who have worked in the adult industry.
Focusing on women’s sexual mindset
In her practice, she discovered that the issues that men and women present are–perhaps not surprisingly–often incredibly different.
“The number one complaint I hear from my female clients is issues with desire—they want to want and they want to be wanted. Often in relationships, this specific aspect of desire can fade. Unlike men where desire either precedes arousal or happens in conjunction with it, often arousal needs to come before desire for women. I offer a range of somatic, cognitive and emotional exercises and daily practices to address these issues,” she said.
“I place equal importance on the body and the mind in my practice; With sex, this is of utmost importance and VR gives us an even more direct channel to somatic manifestations of pleasure and sexual wellness,” Richmond added.
“Virtual Sexology is a progressive concept that offers a wide-variety of positive sexual health applications in an informative and entertaining way. Women’s desire and arousal are unique to men’s and extremely varied, so our approach with this endeavor was to explore not only what women want, but also how they want it.”
BaDoinkVR’s Virtual Sexology II promises to leverage those techniques to dive deep into the feminine process of arousal and desire, aided by a “suite of next-generation sex toys that aim to augment sexual activity and help women discover their pleasure zones.”
Now, since I do get pitched a lot of cutting-edge sex tech products, I’m very spoilt where it comes to sex toys. Which means that in all fairness I must point out that the Trinity Peanut Bullet Vibe one-touch control model offered is certainly not on the same league as the beautifully designed and tactile products from, say Dame or Miss on the Go. But, hey, it does the job, and gift horses and all that… As BaDoink says, “the motor may be small, but it packs enough to satisfy.”
What’s next for sex?
“I got involved with this project because I am working on a book about the future of sex, or more specifically, asking the question, ‘What’s next for sex?’” Dr. Richmond explains. “A large portion of the book will investigate VR porn and its positive clinical applications for sexual health. Of course I found BaDoink when I was researching industry leaders and reached out to them. After reviewing Virtual Sexology I, I was very curious about how the overall idea (combining education and entertainment) could translate for women’s sexual health in particular.”
“It would be great if we could bring female desire and pleasure out of the shadows, give it some light and offer solutions. Virtual Sexology II was written from a place of deep commitment to my clients, as well as wanting to help women in general get in touch with what they want, what they like, what they need. This is an exceptionally immersive way to help women conceptualize and feel good about their desire, and have the practical, hands-on tools to get it,” added Richmond.