Fortunately, four deers in California have come up with a solution, and they're calling it " Flirtmoji " — sexy stickers deed to look like emoji that you can paste into messaging apps as needed. The project launched on Tuesday, so The Verge contacted Katy McCarthy, one of two artists attached to the project, to talk about the de process.
All four of us had experience with jokingly and poorly substituting the existing emojis into text conversations to try to communicate sex, and it never worked. But the game-changer came because one of the guys in the group was having really elaborate texting engagement back and forth with a long distance girlfriend. We realized that we needed to do this, to draw up sex as icons, and make it completely comprehensive, funny, and diverse.
Well, I did draw them! We had so much dialogue about [the drawings]. The boobs, in particular, were really hashed out. Everyone looked at them, everyone talked about them, everyone had their two cents, and then being the only woman in a group of guys discussing body parts, obviously there are moments that are a little hairy, but….
Is that something your team discussed?
Sexy emoji for love and dating
Hair has actually been really contentious and funny and also a major de issue, all while being a major conceptual necessity to all of us. I support hair; I have hair. It looks like you put a lot of thought into including different races, kinks, and sexual orientations. Why was that important to you?
Well, for obvious reasons. And particularly with sex, we felt that it was so crucial that everyone feel sexually represented. We wanted to be able to show this to all of our friends and have them all feel comfortable.
We wanted them to be able pick their own body parts in the Emoji — within the limits of size and colors. So we invited a ton of people to come look at them and to provide feedback. We wanted them to tear it apart, or say "yes, this is good and I feel safe.
Some of these, like the vulva in particular, are really detailed and surprisingly anatomically correct. Did you have to think about ways to also make them sexy? To pass our test, the drawings have to be sex-positive. Anyone has to be able to look at them and not feel offended.
These are nsfw emoji for sexting
Well sex-positive and offensive I mean, get your shit together. People are having sex, and it looks like this.
Yes, absolutely. But seeing what's out there was pretty surprising.
People have put together bad collections, thoughtless collections, offensive collections When that came out, we thought, "Oh this is cool. A lot of people have written about Emoji, and they've discussed whether they hinder conversations or enhance them. What do you think of that? And at the core of good sex is good communication. With other emoji, there's definitely a time and a place. Why did you decided to call them that, instead of something like "Sextmoji," for instance? I think naming them around the word "flirting" keeps it there. The writer said that they could be misinterpreted and used in negative ways.
As a result, your team wrote a blog post to explain how you translate Flirtmoji. Do you want to talk about that?
I'm going to let our blog post speak for itself. But, essentially, we felt grateful for the press, but disappointed that the author interpreted the icons with such negativity and violence and strife, and put women in such a position of receiving said violence and aggression.
We deed the icons to be straightforward. We don't agree with The Daily Dot 's interpretation that the icons have hidden, secret messages that are aggressive and dangerous. That said, the way she described the icons reveals a truth that the user can misuse these Flirtmoji, but they can also use them for good and sext positively.
The deciding factor lies with the user, but we like to think we set them up for success by creating positive, inclusive iconography. Accessing Flirtmoji is very different from accessing other types of emoji on a mobile device. Did you try to be included in app stores?
We never actually attempted to be included in the iTunes store. We did our research, and we were sort of disheartened by what we found. But this a tiny project from four kids who care, and who went around conventional app stores.
We could have built an app, tried and gotten rejected, but instead we're just not part of that system, and I think that's really cool. How has that worked out so far? I want people to sext. I want people to have more candid conversations.
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What do you think of that reaction? But some people will probably find these offensive anyway.