For the advancing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can assure individuals adjoin sexual advance and harassment, and how it can help and abutment survivors.

With female female being a taboo topic, Ferly — an audio app that redefines the acceptation of sex apprenticeship — aims to help women affix with their bodies, and accommodate a safe space for survivors. 

Sex is complex, but there’s a new wave of apps and websites that aim to help women affix better with their bodies and sexuality. One such app is Ferly, an audio app, that is redefining the acceptation of online sex apprenticeship while also allowance advance survivors regain their sexual confidence.

The app, which was appear on iOS last month, creates a association for women to learn more about their bodies through micro-podcasts on the science of sex, bite-sized accessories on acquaintance and sexual pleasure, and a journaling space to reflect on their growth.

The website reads: “This is not about great sex. It’ll never be about great sex. This is about you putting words to the shape of your pleasure, to accede that it’s a strange, wondrous, and ever-changing thing. To advance an inner aplomb that transforms your most important accord — the one you have with yourself.”

“Ferly is an old English word that means ‘strange and wondrous,’ but it used to mean ‘strange and frightful,’” Billie Quinlan, the co-founder of Ferly, told TNW. “It was used to advertence all the scary and alien creatures, like witches. But as we came to accept they weren’t real and there was annihilation to be afraid of, they afflicted the acceptation of the word. We accept this is a admirable affinity to female female article we once feared is now claiming its right.”

When the co-founders of Ferly Quinlan and Anna Hushlak came calm to build a business that would abutment women’s accord with sex, they found it helped tackle a much greater, systemic issue: female amusement is taboo, and its veil of shame prevents us from accomplishing true equality.</p><p>For many women, compassionate sex and being adequate with their own female is challenging, but for survivors oan>f sexual assault, it can be even harder. Ferly provides a safe space for survivors to balance their sexual aplomb and accept help from assorted listed assets – all in a safe environment.

How Ferly helps sexual advance survivors

Ferly was created from claimed acquaintance after Quinlan and Hushlak accomplished sexual abandon and advance respectively. “Anna and I have both navigated sexual trauma which had a greatly abrogating impact on our sense of self and our accord with sex,” Quinlan explained. “At the time, neither of us had the tools or association to help us (re)discover amusement and invest in our well-being.”

The #MeToo movement gave other survivors the chance to speak up adjoin sexual violence, and Quinlan and Hushlak accomplished they weren’t alone. In fact, there was a whole association of women who had endured agnate experiences. “We wanted to build a safe, enjoyable, and scientifically ashore space,” Quinlan said.

While Ferly provides a space for survivors to get back in touch with their female and confidence, the app’s technology comes with its limitations. For survivors to take their accretion action further, Ferly created a database of recommended assets and experts that can better abutment them. These assets will eventually live in the app so anyone can access them when necessary.

“I don’t think there are any substitutes for in person, expert abutment when it comes to such a aerial issue,” Quinlan told TNW. “But I do accept technology can work side by side with expert abutment and accommodate a space and tools that are accessible 24/7. That’s where we would like Ferly to advance to.”

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