‘How to Build a Sex Room’ star says Pinterest took down her board

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‘How to Build a Sex Room’ star says Pinterest took down her board


Melanie Rose, host of Netflix’s How to build a sex room, shared on Instagram that Pinterest removed her board over the series and refused to reinstate. (Photos: @melanieruthrose Instagram/Getty)

Melanie Rose is a luxury interior designer… who happens to have a passion for getting people in the mood.

Rose hosts Netflix’s How to build a sex room, a series in which she meets people to discuss their intimacy issues, then gives a room in their house a sexy makeover. Over the course of eight episodes, Rose adds everything from undressing poles to silk pillows to “sex rooms,” which mostly start out as unfinished basements or unused spare bedrooms.

In an essay for News week, Rose explained her philosophy on the decadent rooms. “If you have a room dedicated to sex, you’re more likely to use it,” she wrote. “It creates intimacy for those couples or for those people.”

But not everyone finds Rose’s work so simple. Rose took to Instagram this week to share that a Pinterest board she kept featuring products, decorating ideas and other highlights from the show had been removed by the platform. “Not happy,” she wrote in the post. “They could have told me which photo it was that crossed their line. I would have removed it immediately. But Pinterest didn’t, they took down the whole board instead.”

Fans of the show were quick to comment, sharing the positive effects it had on their own relationships.

“What the hell?” wrote one follower. “This show is so sweet. My husband and I loved it, and got so inspired to redo our bedroom.”

“More sex UN positivity,” wrote another. “Shame on you, Pinterest.”

Rose tells Yahoo Life that, like most designers, she “really loves Pinterest” and “maintains several boards there.” Other boards on Rose’s Pinterest page include everything from Christmas decor to kitchen design ideas.

“When the Netflix show How to build a sex room, dropped in July, I started a new board ‘#Howtobuildasexroom’ in response to some of the many questions and inquiries I received,” says Rose. “One of the rather surprising consequences of the show has been the global conversation which it started around. sex and sexuality. I can’t tell you how happy I am that the overwhelming consensus praises the show’s inclusivity and positivity.”

Video: Melanie Rose on ‘How to build a sex room’ misconceptions

Rose says Pinterest removed the board without warning. After emailing Pinterest to ask for the board to be reinstated — even adding a link to the Netflix show as an explanation of the reasoning behind it — she was told her request had been denied. “Well, I lost my request to restore me HTBASR Pinterest board,” she wrote in a follow-up Instagram post. “I’ll be sharing the photos of How to build a sex room elsewhere. HTBASR is a sex-positive show, including the rooms.”

But how far is “too far” according to Pinterest? While Pinterest did not respond to Yahoo Life’s request for comment, the social media platform’s community guidelines prohibit “fetish images, graphic sexual descriptions, graphic depictions of sexual nudity, and images of nudity where the poses, camera angles, or props suggest pornographic content.”

“We do our best to distinguish between pornography and other adult content,” the guidelines state. “For example, you can store content about sexual health, breastfeeding, mastectomies, art, education and wellness with adult nudity given the non-pornographic context, but we can limit its distribution so that people don’t accidentally stumble upon it.”

According to Rose’s Instagram, her plan is to “move on and up” after the incident, but she will proceed with caution.

“I was informed by Pinterest that if I violated any other guidelines and community rules, they would suspend my account,” she tells Yahoo Life. “It’s heartbreaking to think that the many thousands of hours I’ve spent building boards on a whole range of topics can be swept away, without any real discussion or explanation.”

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