Know of any public examples of teledildonics before August 1997? You can help fight a patent troll!
In case you haven’t heard: my friends at Comingle.io and several other small sex/tech companies, are under attack from a company that owns a patent on all teledildonics — yep, literally, any device that can be controlled over a network and causes a physical sensation. This story has been covered by Ars Technica, Boingboing, Metafetish, and Gizmodo.
The EFF even featured this patent as a Stupid Patent of the Month because it’s so broad: “[This patent] never should have issued. Doing it with a computer (literally) does not make something patentable.”
This lawsuit promises to have a chilling effect on the development of new sex toys, including my own work.
Here’s how you can help: If you know of any prior art (computer-controlled sex tech devices dated before August 1997), can get Comingle in touch with a pro-bono patent attorney, and/or can chip in to their legal defense fund, please visit Comingle’s IndieGoGo page.
When Shine Louise Houston launched a crowdfunding campaign for her next queer, feminist porn film, SNAPSHOT, I was both elated and terrified. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to support an award-winning sex-positive pornographer. And I was scared that it meant the end of a dream I’ve spent the past four years of my life working towards.
Does the world even need a new sex-positive crowdfunding site?
Here’s a quick shout-out to two sex-positive projects that want your dollars: Shine Louise Houston’s next feminist porn film, SNAPSHOT, and the Crescendo by Mystery Vibe!
Shine Louise Houston, award-winning feminist pornographer, is seeking funding for her next film.
New Effing Foundation blog post is up!
With our awesome new Board of Directors, my excitement about the Effing Foundation and our mission has never been greater.
“But, Kit,” you ask, “if the whole purpose of the Effing Foundation is to support sex-positive artists, activists, educators, and entrepreneurs — where’s their input? How do you know that your Effing projects are what these people want?” …
TLDR: I’m having a party on May 15, and I’d love for you to attend! All the details are below.
New post on my non-profit startup blog: Enthusiastic Consent and the Board of Directors.
Thinking theoretically about who to invite to the Effing Foundation inaugural Board of Directors and drafting an informative invitation was one thing. Actually being Out On The Hunt has turned out to be more complicated than I had expected. (Although by now, you’d think I’d have learned that I should expect nothing to go like I expect.) …
My friend Dr. X. Treme of Orgasmatronics, Inc., sent me a Master Beta Kit to review in advance of their crowdfunding campaign. The TLDR: I’m extremely excited about this kit! Finally, I have something sex-positive I can recommend for absolute beginners who want to start working with electronics and the Arduino platform.
Easy erotic engineering with the Master Beta Kit by Orgasmatronics.
Nerds engaging in slut shaming:
TLDR: As a sex-positive adult, I look back on my adolescence and realize that I engaged in slut shaming. Perhaps my story will resonate with you, and you’ll join me in supporting Slut: A Documentary.
Interested in building your own sex toys or kinky equipment? Here is a list of info and resources discussed at the teasecraft kinky maker/crafter Birds of a Feather session at NELA Fetish Fair Fleamarket #44, Valentine’s Day Weekend, 2015: