Lately the question I’ve come to dread the most is, “How’s your business going?” For my painfully honest assessment, head over to the Passionate Produce tumblr.
From now on I’ll be posting my behind-the-scenes startup updates on that blog (and also posting pointers from here).
Thanks to everyone who continues to be interested in and supportive of my work!
teasecraft-boston, a meetup group for sex/kink-positive makers, held its January 2014 meetup at Arisia. The following is a list of resources which were discussed by participants at the event:
MatWeb (database of materials data / safety info): http://www.matweb.com/
Jay Wiseman (kink educator with a background in law and medicine): jaywiseman.com
Kink Aware Professionals (nationwide registry): https://ncsfreedom.org/resources/kink-aware-professionals-directory/kap-directory-homepage.html
National Coalition for Sexual Freedom: http://ncsfreedom.org
“The NCSF is committed to creating a political, legal and social environment in the US that advances equal rights for consenting adults who engage in alternative sexual and relationship expressions.”
The PSIgasm Project (buttplug with embedded sensors): http://psigasm.net
Arse Elektronika (sex/tech conference): http://www.monochrom.at/arse-elektronika/
Arse Elektronika mailing list (very low traffic; mainly for announcing conf. dates and call for submissions): http://lists.monochrom.at/mailman/listinfo/ae
Tristan Taormino has interviewed a couple of people who have talked about toy safety and some of the substances to avoid:
Smooth-On Platinum Cure Silicones: http://www.smooth-on.com/Silicone-Rubber-an/c2_1115/index.html
Dragon Skin, Dragon FX Pro, and Ecoflex in particular have been endorsed by Smooth-On reps for use in penetrative toys (although you may still wish to check the Materials Safety Data Sheets for yourself).
In the Boston area, Reynolds Advanced Materials carries Smooth-On products: http://www.reynoldsam.com/p41/Locations-%7C-Reynolds-Advanced-Materials—Boston,-MA/pages.html
RAM staff are extremely helpful and have no problem talking about sex toys.
Clarissa Cupcake showed off some of her sexy scrapbooking. She’s also made toys of glazed ceramic and is a burlesque performer. You can find her at http://lace-exoskeleton.com .
Kristen Stubbs showed off her latest prototype of The Hammer. You can find her blog at http://toymakerproject.com and her crowdfunding startup at http://passionateproduce.com .
Did we miss anything? Feel free to contribute your resources in the comments below!
I’ve been thinking more about gender over the past year, trying to get a sense of what gender is and what it means to me. After spending some time with the amazingly talented Karin Webb of ABCs Of Kink, I decided to take the plunge and try playing with gender in a more explicit way by taking…well, private drag king lessons.
Ever wondered what it might be like to feel as though your strap-on were actually part of your body? I’m proud to present my friend Andres and his Eva Project, a basic DIY toy which is designed to do just that. Below Andres describes the psychology behind the project, shows how he built it, and gives ideas for other toymakers to build on.
Update, 1/29/14: We’ve ended our search and are excited to work with our new sysadmin. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in this position!
Many of you may know that I’m launching a new startup called Passionate Produce – a radically inclusive, sex-positive crowdfunding platform. Now that the site is open for beta testers, I’m looking for a contract sysadmin.
This is a part-time job that will require working with Linux, Postgres, and Nginx; setting up automated backups; and maintaining uptime on a production server. Previous experience with Rails, Memcached, and scaling production sites a plus. Compensation is negotiable (1099).
Interested? Please email me your resume.
Are you in the San Francisco area? Come hear me speak at Arse Elektronika 2013!
If you had the chance to take your favorite hobby and turn it into a business, would you?
What if that hobby were sex?
Dr. Kristen Stubbs shares her adventures as a sex-positive entrepreneur, including her lessons learned and advice for folks who are interested in founding sex-positive businesses of their own. Kristen will discuss pseudonymity, dealing with the sex-negative world, finding collaborators, and more.
No prior business experience is required or assumed — Kristen didn’t have much when she started, either!
What: Sex-Positive Startup Stories or: Phase 1: Sex / Phase 2: ? / Phase 3: Profit
When: Saturday, October 5, ~1:30pm
Where: The Center for Sex & Culture (1349 Mission b/w 9th and 10th, San Francisco)
Arse Elektronika is an incredibly fun meeting of the (pervy) minds: here’s the complete schedule. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
RSVP (not required, but it’s nice to know who I might get to see!)
FetLife event: https://fetlife.com/events/201593
Google+ event: https://plus.google.com/events/c50oc3578q8ceqi3j8el5v9ok20
I hope to see you next weekend!
Er, I mean…
Passionate Produce has opened for beta testing!
Passionate Produce is my new startup: a radically inclusive, sex/kink-positive crowdfunding platform. If you’re subscribed to our newsletter, shortly you should be receiving an email invite.
This is one of the scariest things I’ve done in a long time. I want to push the site forward and get good feedback, but it’s hard to invite folks in when I know about all the things that still need tweaking. Will people come away with a positive impression of my company, or have I just made an epic mistake?
All I can do is take a deep breath and see what happens!
At Burning Man 2013, Phage invited me to speak as part of their seminar series. I talked about technological empowerment for sexuality and pleasure, and I gave a live demonstration of The Hammer: Burning Man Edition! Below you’ll find the video of my presentation as well as a copy of my slides.
If you’ve ever watched an online lecture and thought, “Gee, this could really use a glowing, rainbow-colored penis,” you’ll love my talk. (And if you’ve read this far, there’s a good chance you’ll like my talk anyways.)
I just got accepted to present as part of Phage’s lecture series during Burning Man! If any of you will be out on the playa, please come and see my talk.
- What: Me talking about DIY sex toys complete with a toy prototype demo (a new version of The Hammer)
- When: Monday night (8/26). Lectures start at 8pm, I’m slated to be last speaker (theoretically starting at 8:45pm-ish)
- Where: The Phage dome. Phage is part of The Institute (with False Profit and the Relaxomats) at 5:00 and Esplanade, between Death Guild and the Red Nose District.
Can’t make my talk? Assuming the playa isn’t too hard on my prototype, I expect to be wearing it most evenings. After all, how could I go to Burning Man without a large, glowing, rainbow penis?
See you in the dust!
In which I examine PonyGasm, an erotic comic which began as a crowdfunding project mocked on Tumblr and then taken down by IndieGoGo. My rating: Five fingers up.
Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of my own sexual experiences. If reading about my sex life might be TMI for you, then you’ll want to skip this post. (Especially if you’re not interested in 1980’s toys.)