So you want to invent a sex toy? Awesome! The world always has room for people doing cool new things in the adult industry.
But there are a few common pitfalls that people often fall into when they decide they want to do this. Avoid these simple mistakes and you’ll be off to a good start.
Don’t plunge straight in without knowing the first thing about materials and safety
Here’s a hint: if someone tells you that you shouldn’t be making your toy out of jelly, rubber, PVC, or another toxic material, and you have to ask why… you are not ready to invent a sex toy.
Do your research on safe materials before you even start thinking about bringing a pleasure product to market.
Don’t rip off other people’s ideas
You would think this would go without saying. Unfortunately, even some of the biggest players in the industry do this.
Obviously there are only so many variations on things to put on your genitals and there will be crossover in some places, but if you’ve straight-up ripped off another company’s product, we will notice. And we will not be happy.
Don’t claim that your product is revolutionary if it isn’t
You haven’t invented the First True Clitoral Stimulator Ever. The concept of a dildo is not new. Many people before you have created Things To Stick Your Penis In For Pleasure. Your toy doesn’t have to be earth-shatteringly original to be good (and many gimmicky ideas kinda suck in practice.)
Unless you’re doing something really, truly groundbreaking, don’t say that you are. We can see through it. And it makes us not trust you.
Don’t try to make a toy that mimics partnered sex (or claim that it does.)
Your toy does not feel like cunnilingus. Stop claiming that it does. We’ve heard it all before and it pisses us off.
Toys feel like toys, not like perfect replicas of partners. And that’s a good thing.
Don’t crowdfund something you can’t actually make
Okay, so you’ve had this awesome idea. Can you actually make it? Don’t start crowdfunding for something until you know exactly how you can actually make it. Where will you source the materials? How much will they cost? Where will it be made, and by whom? How much is the labour going to cost? What about distribution?
And just because you can make one prototype in your garage doesn’t mean you can mass produce it. Make sure your product is feasible on a large scale before you start asking people to pony up cash based on a neat idea.
Have you ever been tempted to invent a sex toy? I’d love to hear your ideas, no matter how wild and wacky!
If you enjoy my work, I’d love you to buy me a coffee to help me keep doing what I’m doing!