Why is OneTaste called the 'Orgasm Cult'? Scandal-ridden firm claimed that a big O promoted wellness

Once endorsed by Khloe Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow, OneTaste has come under FBI scanner for allegations of sex trafficking and prostitution

Why is OneTaste called the 'Orgasm Cult'? Scandal-ridden firm claimed that a big O promoted wellness
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: OneTaste is a US firm that has been dubbed as the 'Orgasm Cult' after becoming the subject of a nine-part BBC Radio 4 podcast that went by the same name, 'The Orgasm Cult'. The organization reportedly spreads the teaching of the widely popular wellness idea called "orgasmic meditation." This requires the participants to get in pairs, strip naked from their waist down and engage in "finger-to-genital" stimulation. According to the firm, this orgasmic meditation, which is also known as OMing, will eventually establish more pleasure and vitality in one's life.

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The firm spreads its teaching by running workshops and selling courses in a pyramid scheme pattern. The session runs for fifteen minutes and instead of focusing on reaching orgasm, the cult actually focuses on the enjoyment of being in that moment while expanding the repertoire of a woman's pleasure. As reported by The Sun, it is also beneficial for people who like giving pleasure but struggle with receiving it.

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As per the outlet, OneTaste describes the practice as, "A consciousness practice you do with another person. Science and experience agree — orgasm can incline people towards empathy, connection, and generosity. Orgasm magnifies, intensifies, and vivifies everyday experience not by altering it, but by revealing its true nature. The implications for our health, happiness, and relationships are astounding."

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OneTaste, which claimed that OM could become a practice as common yoga and traditional meditation, had about 150 staffers, including people from sales, who would promote programs and retreats costing as much as $60,000. However, very soon the company reportedly came under allegations of malpractice as customers were left in debt after being pressurized into spending huge sums of money and staffers were reportedly told to engage in sexual acts with potential clients for closing sales.

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Following the allegations, soon the FBI got involved and the firm was reportedly accused of being involved in sex trafficking for which an investigation is under progress. Apart from this, the organization has been under accusations of cult-like operations, prostitution, and violation of labor law.

The company allegedly forced the customers into doing various things against their wishes, which included both financial and physical discomfort. It included making them pay up to £45,000(~$51,967.58) for a year-long subscription, participating in sexual acts, and sleeping with people they had their differences with. The firm, however, denied all the allegations and stated that "any allegations of abusive practices are completely false."

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Nicole Daedone, 52, founder of the firm established in 2004, said that she learned the practice from a Buddhist monk at a party. The company had been endorsed by a lot of popular names including actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Khloe Kardashian.

The organization, apart from being featured on BBC Radio, has also been a focus of an investigative documentary film named 'Orgasm Inc: The Story of OneTaste' which will be available on Netflix on November 5. Page Six reported that the documentary would have "never-before-seen footage and interviews with former members, whilst pulling back the curtain on the organization and its controversial, enigmatic leader."

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