Netflix’s OneTaste Documentary: Another Cult Leader Who Justifies Child Abuse?
Yes, this article needs a trigger warning because there’s no way to talk about this documentary without talking about the sexual assault of both adults and children. You were warned.
Netflix’s documentary about the infamous sex cult, OneTaste, premiered the first week of November despite a lawsuit filed by fourteen former members. The plaintiffs dropped their lawsuit when Netflix agreed to blur their faces. After viewing the film, I can see why they didn’t want to be associated with the painful truths revealed in Orgasm Inc.: The Story of OneTaste.
Although I was never a member of OneTaste, even I found myself scanning the footage in the documentary to confirm that none of the lectures or workshops that I presented there are mentioned.
Last year, I formally disassociated myself from OneTaste. Not that anyone really associates me with the cult, at least, not now. But I was concerned that some of the people who attended the lectures and workshops I gave there, fifteen years ago, might have assumed that I endorse the teachings of OneTaste.
And why wouldn’t they?
I sometimes refer to something I call “self-pleasuring meditation” which might sound similar to OneTaste’s signature offering: “orgasmic meditation.” Although, to be clear, I do not and never have taught anything remotely similarly to the practices of OneTaste. In fact, I find their “orgasmic meditation,” also referred to as “OMing” to be rather repugnant. But more about that a little later.
When I first learned of OneTaste in 2007, I felt inspired and hopeful.
Here, at last, was a group of loving souls who believed, like I did, that orgasm was a key to a healthier, more peaceful world. The concept of integrating sexuality and spirituality had been near and dear to my heart for many years and now it felt like I might have found a tribe of people with a similar view.
I never became a member of OneTaste. But I gravitated to their promise of a society unencumbered by sexual shame. Plus, I found the love bombing irresistible. (In the context of a cult, the phrase “love bombing” refers to the use of excessive flattery…