When that came out, we thought, "Oh this is cool." And it also scared us because we wondered if there would be room for everyone.
But ultimately, I think they’re doing something very different — they're tapping into a lot more of a niche.
Did you have to think about ways to also make them sexy? That’s where some of the most heated debate came out. And yes, part of being inclusive is that it’s all sexy.
To pass our test, the drawings have to be sex-positive. There are people who will be very deeply offended — people who are offended by certain sexualities — but we’re not worried about those people. Even if it’s not my thing, necessarily, I wanted the Flirtmoji to be sexy because it’s someone else's thing and it’s sexy to them.
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.
They aren’t in the i Tunes store, for instance, so you have to go in your phone’s internet browser and copy them into a text message, or save them to your phone's photo album. We never actually attempted to be included in the i Tunes store.
We did our research, and we were sort of disheartened by what we found.
I think naming them around the word "flirting" keeps it there.
wrote about Flirtmoji this week and they did so in a way that wasn’t entirely positive.