“M” Month Women We Love: Emily Morse

We are delighted to complete our International Masturbation Month celebration in discussion with Emily Morse, the popular sexologist and host of the Sex With Emily podcast.

Who inspires you and why?

In my personal life, my mom has been a huge inspiration to me. I’m grateful for the hard work ethic my parents instilled in me, even though getting a job after school was the last thing I wanted as a 14 year old. Working consistently, however, taught me the power of dependability, humility and determination.

I’m also inspired by people who don’t accept their status quo sexual experiences—who are willing to be vulnerable and commit to learn more about their sexual desires and, more importantly, learn how to communicate those needs to a partner.

Read More

“M” Month Women We Love: Hayley MacMillen

We are delighted to continue our International Masturbation Month celebration with Hayley MacMillen, who introduces herself here:

As Refinery29’s Sex & Relationships Editor, I write a weekly sex column, The Bed Post, which explores what holds us back from the sex and love lives we want to lead, especially shame and stigma; edit essays from talented freelancers; appear on Refinery29’s Facebook Live talk show Sexcess!; and cover all things sexuality, gender, and relationships. My job also involves lots of sex-toy testing, which is one of my favorite perks. In my past life, I did communications for health nonprofits in East Africa, and the belief that guided me then guides me now: Health is a human right, and fully realized sexuality is a central part of it.

Who inspires you and why?

Right now, I’m inspired by Samantha Bee and her show Full Frontal. She doesn’t hesitate to lampoon ineptitude or ignorance wherever it appears, even if it’s on the part of someone who shares her liberalism. “Speaking truth to power” is a cliché by now, but that’s what she’s doing. And I am loving Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow’s discussions of menstruation politics (and everything else) on their podcast Call Your Girlfriend. Their conversations are nuanced, frank, and not just shame-free but proud. None of these women are apologizing for centering “women’s issues”; they’re challenging why we section off issues relevant to women with this label in the first place.

Read More

“M” Month Women We Love: Shannon Boodram

We are delighted to continue our International Masturbation Month celebration with Shannon Boodram, author, tv host, and sexologist. Stay tuned for more interviews with women we love throughout the month.

Who inspires you and why?

In life, my family. They are perfect people. Who really gets to say that? In career: Esther Perel and Dan Savage. I literally have never heard one single thing from these people I do not agree with. And I love their delivery. Ya know there’s a Google talk with Esther and Dan – clearly I exploded after watching it so now I am typing to you in tiny parts.

Read More

“M” Month Women We Love: Cindy Gallop

We are delighted to kick off our International Masturbation Month celebration with Cindy Gallop, founder of MakeLoveNotPorn. Stay tuned for more interviews with women we love throughout the month.

Who inspires you and why?

People inspire me. People are just wonderful. I meet so many incredible people making their way in the world in really interesting ways, and read about so many more.

Read More

Pura Vida: The beautiful people, stories, and places of The FID Costa Rica

I returned from Costa Rica last week, where I spoke at the 6th annual FID Costa Rica, a multidisciplinary design festival of 2000+ creatives, designers, architects, and artists across all disciplines, including graphic design, industrial design, architecture, culinary, and fashion. I was truly honored to share the stage with luminaries like Carl Sprague, Marian Bantjes, Eike König, Big Team Architects, and many more.

Read More

Behind the Scenes with the Crave Bullet Vibrator

We’re nearly sold out of our first limited release of the Crave Bullet Vibrator, and we wanted to give you a look behind the scenes at how we went about creating this modern version of a classic toy. Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on creating entirely new categories of sex toys, connecting…

Read More

Early Access: The New Crave Bullet Vibrator

Our newest toy will launch on Feb 1st, just in time for Valentine’s Day — but we want to offer you early access and a special discount for being part of our Cravings community. The Crave Bullet is an exciting new reimagining of a classic vibrator, the versatile 60mm bullet that works both as a standalone…

Read More

Scary Sex Story Contest Winner

We had some amazing entries for our Scary Sex Story Contest — sexy tales of chills, thrills, and frightening encounters. For our winner, we picked the one that will give us nightmares for the rest of our lives. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

We were walking across Broad Street on our way to a meeting, when out of nowhere my partner grabbed my arm and whispered loudly in my ear, ”I want to try anal sex,” as if it was an urgent matter needing immediate attention. “Now?” I asked. “Don’t be silly, not now. But let’s not forget to do it.” There was really no chance of me forgetting. It’s not every day that she says things like that in the middle of a four-lane thoroughfare.

Read More

Getting it up: an ED education

As a heterosexual couple (a bisexual woman and a privately kinky man), having non-penetrative sex feels subversive sometimes. I love masturbating in front of him and performing with sex toys. Sometimes I will beg for his fingers to fill me up because I want that feeling, but I usually need a little more direct stimulation to get off. And no matter how amazing my orgasms can be, I want him to come too.

Read More

Scary sex contest

We think about sex a lot around here, and we watch and read and talk about it. Most of what we see depicted is some sort of fantasy world where everyone is hot, everyone is aroused, everyone is adventurous, and everyone is satisfied, fully, all of the time. And we know that’s not exactly reality.…

Read More

#DesignCensorship on Facebook

Facebook censorship. We’ve all seen it — the controversies over images of women breastfeeding, classical art depicting nude figures, and breast cancer survivors, among others. We navigate this carefully on our CRAVE Facebook page to make sure we don’t run afoul of the ever-shifting boundaries, but I never imagined that my work at CRAVE would…

Read More

Trump Trump – Win the Debate with 50% off sitewide

Announcing the Crave Primary Debate Flash Sale, celebrating the triumph of sex over sexism.  

We can’t know what new women-bashing insults Candidate Trump will come up with tonight, but we’ll fight back the best way we know how — spreading pleasure to fight the pain. From the moment the candidates walk on stage tonight until the final applause dies down, we’ll offer an unprecedented 50% off everything on our site — just use the code TRUMPTRUMP at checkout. 

Read More

The Results Are In!

Our newest vibrators, Flex and Duet Flex, were created as a collaborative experiment with our Crave community (here’s a great story from Lifehacker about the process).  We collected extensive quantitative and qualitative data from our project participants, and carefully reviewed each survey submission to determine how to best use the data to develop our vibration…

Read More

What We’re Learning from Flex

We launched Flex, our new series of vibrators, to learn and share more about what turns people on — in this case, specifically around vibration patterns. We know that there’s a lot of diversity in individual sensation preferences (which we applaud!) but it can be hard to collect both quantitative and qualitative research data to help create products to better meet those desires.

With Flex, early project participants had access to an online application that allowed them to customize vibration patterns and download them directly to their vibrators. At the end of their exploration, we asked them to submit their favorite vibe pattern and complete a survey, giving us insight on why that pattern made them tick.  We were able to collect data on how many times a person had altered their vibes, how each pattern changed from the factory default settings, and the score for each new setting. We are working with these results to learn more about what people want, and while it’s still early in the project, we wanted to share a bit of what we’ve seen so far.

Read More

Why I Became a Sex Toy Designer

I am an industrial designer and co-founder of CRAVE, a modern sex toy company based in San Francisco. Designing sex toys was not something I aspired to do when I graduated with an I.D. degree from Georgia Tech. I didn’t even realize this sort of role existed.

When people find out what I do, they immediately want to know how I became a sex toy designer. Did I fall on some seriously hard times and start designing sex toys as a last resort? No.

Read More

Vibrator Programming. So worth it.

As the Chief Pleasure Officer of CRAVE, I am involved in the design of every single product — the colors & materials, form, user interface, vibration, and most importantly the overall experience. Vibrators have come a long way and the design development process for a sex toy is just like any other modern product — design, prototype, user test, reiterate, prototype again, user test again…until it’s ready for production.

One aspect of designing a vibrator, however, is uniquely challenging: the vibrations.

Read More

Introducing Flex

 

At CRAVE, we believe that sex toys should be as beautiful and sophisticated as other modern products in our life. To that end, we continue to explore new ways to create the best possible products.

For our new Flex vibrators, we’re going to need a little help. And that’s the fun part. Vibration patterns are not always easy to figure out — after all, how can we know what you really, really like? We’ve come up with new twist on user research: enabling you to help us uncover the best vibration patterns through a little DIY vibrator programming.

Read More

Watching naked ladies with my boyfriend

The idea of going to a strip club together started as a sort of joke when we had a few hours to kill. I think we both knew it was a potentially disastrous idea, especially considering the lack of alcohol at nude bars, but eventually we just went for it. 

Read More

More Sex, Less Worry

Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast recounts a terrific story about how F. Scott Fitzgerald came to him one day in a fit of anxiety about the size of his penis, and how Hemingway took him to the Louvre to reassure him that his endowments were certainly equivalent to those of classical Greek statuary.

In the absence of Hemingway, most of us these days turn to Google. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, an economist who studies consumer behavior, wrote a fascinating article about this a few months ago in the New York Times, and it’s stuck with me as I talk about what we do at Crave, so I wanted to share it here.

Read More

The conversation continues…

Google hit the “adult” community with a big post-Valentine’s day surprise this year when they announced that all Blogger sites with sexual content would suddenly be switched from publicly-accessible to private, viewable only to the site owner and people they gave the URL to directly.

Read More