There’s a new post about the challenges of Naming Things over on the Passionate Produce blog. If you’ve got any ideas, either a name for my new nonprofit or a better name for Passionate Produce, I’d love to hear them! The Effing Foundation, anyone?
We are living in the future.
What’s neat about this tool is that once you’ve got a design that you like, it can generate a file which can be used to 3D print a mold for your toy. Once you’ve got a mold, you can cast your toy in your preferred silicone:
— Intiimi (@intiimi) June 29, 2014
I haven’t had time to go through the whole process, but I’m definitely looking forward to giving this a try!
Will I end up trolling an entire conference of mostly cisgender, heterosexual male hackers? It could happen. You’ll just have to attend the talk and find out.
Today on the Passionate Produce blog:
The Ambrosia Vibe, a “bionic vibrator,” by Dr. X. Treme and his collaborators at Orgasmatronics, Inc., is making the rounds online. For $150, is it “the real deal”?
With the latest news of financial institutions shutting down bank accounts of porn performers and crowdfunding platforms shutting down a porn performer’s medical fundraiser or refusing to pay out funds to porn performers, it seems like a good time to share one of the discoveries I’ve made while trying to understand how payment processing works:
When it comes to porn and erotica, credit card companies have more say in what you can and can’t buy than the government does.
Check out the full story on the Passionate Produce blog.
Given all of the cool work I want to do supporting sex-positive artists, activists, educators, and entrepreneurs, I’m considering re-launching Passionate Produce as a nonprofit.
While I’m treading water, trying to figure out how to keep pushing forward, one of my closest friends pointed out to me that I need to figure out what the heck my goals are. Not just what Passionate Produce is going to do in the next six months or year, but what I want to spend the next twenty or thirty years of my life doing. What do I want my life to be like? Why am I doing all this, anyways?
I thought a lot about that, and the results are posted on the Passionate Produce blog.
I don’t generally feel comfortable asking people to give money to things, but I believe that it is really important for Princess Charming to exist in the world.
Kids need better princess role models, and lots of them, in stories that they can read and re-read as they get older. Josh Roby and Anna Kreidner have the whole thing planned out — each princess’s story is planned for a picture book, a bedtime book, and an early reader book. They are trying to build an enduring legacy of stories featuring princesses of color, princesses of different sizes, princesses who use swords and princesses who use words.
Princess Fayola is assigned male at birth and has to explain to her parents that yes, she IS a princess. Princess Rowan happens to have a physical disability. Princess Chandra happens to be about twice the size of any Disney princess I’ve ever seen (and I bet she’ll be kicking at least twice as much ass.)
If you have the resources to contribute to this campaign, please go do it. If you have social media accounts, please spread the word. Feel free to use the graphic I created (available as 480×567, 1195×1411, or SVG), or use the art from a Princess Charming update.
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!
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:
- Jennifer Pritchett and Clare Jacky (The Smitten Kitten): http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/67125/jennifer-pritchett-and-clare-jacky-of-the-smitten-kitten-talk-sex-toys
- Metis Black (Tantus): http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/71344/metis-black-from-tantus-on-the-chemistry-of-sex-toys
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 .
Did we miss anything? Feel free to contribute your resources in the comments below!