#LikeAMother: Cindy Gallup wants you to be a great lover

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Cindy Gallup wants you to be a great lover.

The former longtime Bartle Bogle Hegarty ad exec, ‘Advertising Woman of the Year' award from Advertising Women of New York, advocate for women in business, and now sex education entrepreneur, blew the TED world's mind in 2009 with her talk, in which she launched her digital sex education site, MakeLoveNotPorn.com. In that talk, Gallup explained that she realized through sleeping with many younger men, the power that porn has on sex education, and how this education sorely misses in the realities and beauty of human sexuality.

MLNP is not a porn site, Gallup will have you know. While porn — created by and for an almost exclusively male audience — is the fantasy about what sex is, MLNP is in fact real people having real sex, she explains. Each MLNP video has context, just like in real life. Examples are the pregnant woman telling the audience she created a sexy video for her husband, the young travelers who met in South Africa and enjoy each other in their wobbly caravan, or the female friends who, they admit to the camera, sometimes hook up.

In this episode of Like A Mother, Cindy Gallup and I discuss:

  • The difference between porn and MakeLoveNotPorn.com
  • Why her pro-sex business is facing serious funding issues — despite an 500,000 global audience
  • What makes you good in bed (and why parents should teach their children these lessons early and often)
  • Why every mother needs at least one vibrator, and should masturbate every single day.
  • How to talk to your kids about porn — because they will see it, probably much sooner than you want or expect 
  • Why Gallup, age 56, exclusively dates much younger men, how to find these men, and what to do with them once you do find them



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About Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.


  1. Robin Solis on August 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    A lot of things tumbled out since that TED Talk by Ran Gavrieli. I had never heard of MLNP :/ IMO, You will not get money from a man. Now is the time to FIND FEMALE INVESTORS. Maybe crowd source? But I don’t recommend that if it’s too slow. Try maybe and if the the money tumbles in, great. But finding a deep purse female and her friends. But it comes down to money, right? Will it turn a profit?

  2. Robin Solis on August 11, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    You are right. Nobody will fund you. You will have to bootstrap it. The only adult content that makes money is niche like what you are proposing. The adult industry HAS BEEN DEVASTATED worse than the music industry because anyone can snapchat or broadcast their genitals on periscope and they do– Which I find disturbing but well, there you go. I think bootstrapping it cheaply to see if it can scale is what you can try like you said. But YOU have to find a way o make it profitable or at least sustainable. I wish I could help out more but I am at a critical point with my own startup. Speaking of OWN, try OPRAH.

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