I started The Toymaker Project as a place to think about technological empowerment with respect to sexuality, gender and pleasure. How can we make, hack or adapt technology to serve our wants and needs?
I started out doing sex blogging and making hilarious sex toys, realized I’d love to manufacture a sex toy, discovered that crowdfunding it would be impossible on most extant platforms, and launched a startup, which began a quest that ended up with my falling in love with the yak I was shaving. I’ve realized that my career goals are really much broader than just manufacturing a toy, and I’m now relaunching my startup as a nonprofit.
I’m a maker, and I work to learn how to build the kinds of toys that I want to play with. I enjoy learning from other geeks, makers and hackers (regardless of whether they identify as kinky) and from other sex-positive and kink-positive people (regardless of whether they identify as makers or geeks). I have a Ph.D. in robotics, but I’ve spent more time trying to understand people than I have building stuff.
The goal of The Toymaker Project is to empower other people to find out more about themselves and become toy makers and hackers, too.
Dr. Kristen “Kit” Stubbs is a queer/pansexual/genderqueer roboticist who’s more interested in people than in technology. Kit earned their Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. Their light-up dildo prototype “The Hammer” was awarded a Golden Kleene at Arse Elektronika 2012 and has been named the #1 Geekiest Sex Toy by Cracked.com. Kit blogs about technological empowerment for sexuality and pleasure, including their own experiences and creations, at toymakerproject.com. They also organize teasecraft-boston, a meetup group for sex/kink-positive makers. Kit is currently launching their first startup, a nonprofit whose mission is to reduce sexual shame by fostering sex-positive artists, activists, educators, and entrepreneurs.
Feel free to get in touch with me!