Winky faces, eggplants, and bananas have their uses, of course, but if you want to be a little sexier, you’re going to have to use your words.
Fortunately, four designers in California have come up with a solution, and they're calling it "Flirtmoji" — sexy stickers designed to look like emoji that you can paste into messaging apps as needed.
We realized that we needed to do this, to draw up sex as icons, and make it completely comprehensive, funny, and diverse. 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… Well yea that’s a whole other conversation, because how do you make hair in simple line strokes?
I showed some of the Flirtmoji to a friend, and she wasn’t surprised when I told her that you’re a woman. And that’s so beautiful, coming from another woman, that she saw that. Right, so I noticed that the free set of Flirtmoji don’t have hair, and I was wondering about that decision. I’m really glad you’re bringing that up because I feel like I’m being held accountable for that.
We wanted them to tear it apart, or say "yes, this is good and I feel safe." It’s not supposed to be college frat humor, although part of being inclusive is making it funny.What we're doing sits differently for me, because we’re making this really comprehensive little visual language that represents everybody and everything. What’s really beautiful about sex, and emoji, is that sex is really playful and also really difficult. So to that end, I think that whatever it takes for you to be able to communicate what you want or need, or what you don’t want and don’t need is fine.A lot of people have written about Emoji, and they've discussed whether they hinder conversations or enhance them. With other emoji, there's definitely a time and a place. But I think with sex there are things that are really hard to say and hard to ask for, and that’s such a beautiful window to be able to provide someone with language.The project launched on Tuesday, so How did Flirtmoji come to be? 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.