In the year 2023, just about every appliance and device in our lives is “smart.” Our thermostats adjust themselves, depending on time of day. Packages arrive on our doorsteps within hours of us ordering them. And our homes are filled with speakers we can talk to, learn from, and shop through. It should really come as no surprise that smart vibrators and other high-tech sex toys are about as abundant as smart phones and smart TVs.
Female and BIPOC founders are sorely underrepresented in the technology sector, and even more so when it comes to representations of sexuality. Luckily, the women on this list (and many more!) are bringing us closer and closer to closing that gap. So, without further ado, here are some female and BIPOC founders taking sexuality and technology to higher (ahem) heights.
1Glenise Kinard-Moore of SkiiMoo Tech
SkiiMoo Tech caters to the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Founder Glenise Kinard-Moore initially created the VDOM, an app-connected patent-pending wearable vibrating device to serve her and her partner, before realizing that this product would be a great fit for individuals who suffer from erectile dysfunction as well as individuals with certain physical disabilities.
2Taylor Sparks of Organic Loven
Organic Loven is one of the largest Black-owned online intimacy shops with a focus on eco-friendly, organic intimate body products. Offering a wide array of products and services, from subscription boxes of body-safe sex toys and sex-positive books, to erotic seminars with founder and self-proclaimed “sex goddess” Taylor Sparks, Organic Loven is your one-stop shop for sexy intimacy. All of their toys are made from non-porous, body-safe materials, any liquid products and condoms are eco-friendly and chemical-free, and any products labeled “organic” are Certified Organic.
3Lora Haddock DiCarlo of Lora DiCarlo
Woman-run startup Lora DiCarlo integrates research and technology with female sexuality to disrupt social perceptions in the technology world. Founder Lora Haddock DiCarlo developed its premier device, Osé, in 2017 in partnership with Oregon State University’s Robotics and Engineering program. The company has since launched 11 new products with 13 pending patents, and actor, model, and activist Cara Delevingne joined Lora DiCarlo as a co-owner in 2020 to continue combating systemic stigmatization and promoting education with DiCarlo and her team.