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

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

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

Rose hosts Netflix How to make a sex room, a series in which she meets with people to discuss their intimacy issues and then gives them a sexy room in their house. Over the course of eight episodes, Rose adds everything from strippers to silk pillows to “sex rooms,” which usually start out as unfinished basements or unused spare bedrooms.

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

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

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

“What the heck?” one follower wrote. “This show is so sweet. My husband and I loved it and were so inspired to do our bedroom.”

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

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

“When Netflix comes on How to make a sex room, which launched 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 was the global conversation it started around sex. and sexuality. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that the overwhelming consensus praises the inclusiveness and positivity of the series.”

Video: Melanie Rose on the Misconceptions of How to Build a Sex Room

Rose says Pinterest removed the board without warning. After emailing Pinterest to request the board be reinstated — even adding a link to the Netflix show as an explanation of the reasoning behind it — she was told her request was denied. “Well, I lost my request to restore mine HTBASR Pinterest board,” she wrote in a follow up Instagram post. “I will share his photos How to make a sex room elsewhere-somewhere else. HTBASR it’s a positive sex 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, sexually explicit depictions, graphic depictions of sexual nudity, and images of nudity where the poses, camera angles, or props suggest pornographic content.” ».

“We do our best to differentiate 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 nude given the non-pornographic context, but we may limit its distribution so that people don’t come across it by mistake.”

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

“I have been told by Pinterest that if I violate other community guidelines and rules, then they will suspend my account,” she tells Yahoo Life. “It’s heartbreaking to think that the many thousands of hours I spent building boards on a whole range of topics could be wiped away, without any real discussion or explanation.”

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