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Let’s Get It On! New App, Flirtmoji Creates Emojis For All Your Sexting Needs

November 21st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Over the past year, emojis  received a lot of attention for not being inclusive enough for the lack diverse emoticon characters. Besides diversity, an educator plans to translate the Bible into emojis, to help his students understand the religious book better. Ultimately, the goal is to have an emoji for everything. Introducing sexting emojis that are NSFW from the developers of the Flirtmoji app.

Katy McCarthy who served as the lead artist at Flirtmoji shared with The Verge, how and why she and her team created the app. Here are highlights from her interview:

How did Flirtmoji come to be?

It’s been many months in the making. 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. We realized that we needed to do this, to draw up sex as icons, and make it completely comprehensive, funny, and diverse.

Some of these, like the vulva in particular, are really detailed and surprisingly anatomically correct. Did you have to think about ways to also make them sexy?

Well that’s the meat of the project. That’s where some of the most heated debate came out. To pass our test, the drawings have to be sex-positive. Anyone has to be able to look at them and not feel offended. There’s definitely a ton that didn’t make the cut.

 Flirtmoji seems really sex-positive and diverse. It looks like you put a lot of thought into including different races, kinks, and sexual orientations. Why was that important to you?

Well, for obvious reasons. My friends and I are not accurately represented in emoji, and it’s frustrating. And particularly with sex, we felt that it was so crucial that everyone feel sexually represented.

We wanted to be able to show this to all of our friends and have them all feel comfortable. We wanted them to be able pick their own body parts in the Emoji — within the limits of size and colors. So we invited a ton of people to come look at them and to provide feedback. 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. It’s just not that hard to have everybody feel represented.

Accessing Flirtmoji is very different from accessing other types of emoji on a mobile device. They aren’t in the iTunes 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. Did you try to be included in app stores?

We never actually attempted to be included in the iTunes store. We did our research, and we were sort of disheartened by what we found. There’s this really beautiful design project called Geometric Porn that was kicked out of the iTunes store for being explicit, and it’s beautiful. It’s anatomical, it’s funny, and it’s sexy. It’s also literally triangles and circles and fleshy colored objects, so the fact that they were rejected really bummed us out.

There’s a lot of violence and games that objectify women in the app store though, so on that level, I’m pretty stoked to not be part of it. I know we’re asking people to use their phones in a different way than they are used to. But this a tiny project from four kids who care, and who went around conventional app stores. We could have built an app, tried and gotten rejected, but instead we’re just not part of that system, and I think that’s really cool.

After reviewing Flirtmoji, it is extremely diverse and seems quite fun! The app is also free of cost; all you have to do is copy the emoji you want from the app’s website and paste it into your text message thread. To “get it on,” click here.

What Ring? Still-Married Celebrities Who Are Acting Very Single

November 17th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Dating? Making sex tapes? Starting new families? We almost forgot that these seemingly-single celebrities were still married. But none of these stars have said “I don’t.”

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Robin Thicke

Paula Patton may have filed for divorce, but she and Robin are still technically married. We wonder if the four women he was spotted taking lingerie shopping in Los Angeles around Halloween. We know Paula has said that things are over, but has Robin finally stopped trying to win Paula back?

We Have Something In Common: You’ll Never Guess Which Celebrities Share The Same Exes

November 14th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Each of these four celebrities has one ex in common. Can you guess who it is?

How To Divorce-Proof Your Marriage (While You’re Still Dating)

November 13th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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There’s no secret to getting and staying married. But you do have to work at it. And the best time to start is before you tie the knot. Divorce-proof your marriage while you’re still dating and when you do jump the broom, it’s more likely to be forever.

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Wait To Tie The Knot

Love at fist sight is a beautiful thing, but couples who wait three years or more to get engaged are 39% less likely to get divorced.

Hey Madame: He Hasn’t Mentioned Love, Like, Or A Relationship; What Is He Thinking?

November 12th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Hey Madame,

My name is Princess and I met a guy about two months ago now, but he works too much and hardly makes time for anything. He’s taken me out for dinner, he’s taken me to the movie, he stopped by my house after work to see me and chat with me in his car for about 45 minutes to an hour; we sheared some stuff about each other like age, family and etc, and he said stuff about taking me to meet his mum. He texts and calls me any time he gets a chance, sends me his pictures of some events, on request though, but gets very worried any time he calls and doesn’t get me on line and he hasn’t said anything about love or like or a relationship. What could be in his mind, what should I hope for?

Lauren: Hey Princess, Based on his actions, I think you should inquire as to what his intentions are. Depending on his answer, you can determine whether you want to continue seeing him or not. In the meantime, if you meet another guy, give him a chance too. Dating around can allow you to observe men and who has character — an important quality that will elevate and sustain a great relationship. Most importantly, dating multiple men can give you insight on what you want in terms of a long term relationship. Know what you want, because your emotions and needs come first.

Jazmine: People make time for what’s important to them. You said that your guy works a lot and barely has time for anything, yet he’s able to find time to consistently stay in touch with you and take you on dates. This is a good sign. If you’re feeling that you’re ready to take your relationship to the next level with this guy, there’s nothing wrong with asking what his intentions are. This is your life too and you deserve to know the direction that this relationship is headed in.

Veronica: I think the best and really only way to find out would be to just ask him. I don’t think seeing or dating someone for two months, without any expressed commitment or intentions, is necessarily a problem. He’s either still probably trying to figure out what’s going on between the two or you or he may even be seeing other people. And as long as he’s not saying the two of you are exclusive, then there’s nothing wrong with that.

But on the other hand, you certainly have a right to know where you stand. And if you want more from him, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for it now before you get in too deep.

Victoria: Honestly, some of the activities you’ve both taken part in together sound a lot more like friendship than a romantic courting stage. I wouldn’t expect for him to say anything about love after only two months. But I wonder, did you ever tell him what it is you’re looking for? No need to wonder about what his next move will be. If you want a relationship (and it seems you want something serious since you asked about the L-word), you should tell him that’s what you’re seeking/want for yourself. From there he can let you know if he can provide you with that or if he will need to move on. But a lot of the time, it’s best to just let these guys know, as early as possible at that, what your expectations are. That way, you won’t feel disappointed, led on or like the ball is completely in his court, and he will know all these expectations you have.

Brande: Princess, I don’t think you should hope for anything. You should ask for what you want and if he won’t give it to you you must move on. Two months isn’t a long period of time to get to know someone so I wouldn’t be concerned that love and a relationship haven’t come up yet. But, you should have a sense of whether the man likes you or not, and that is something that would be shown by his actions. From the few things you noted, I get the gist that his actions don’t measure up to you and if that’s the case, call him on it. Ask him if he’s interested in dating you and can see your friendship turning into something more. If he says yes, let it be known you need him to demonstrate that by his actions and make time for you. You also need to make it clear that you have other obligations too so he shouldn’t be questioning you when you don’t immediately answer or return his calls — especially since you aren’t in a relationship and you don’t even know if you’re “in like.”

Is He The One For You? Chances Are You Already Know

November 6th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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When it comes to asking “is he the one?” it’s easy to complicate the issue. It is a big question, but sometimes the signs can be surprisingly simple.

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He Makes You Happy

Sometimes finding the one that’s right for you is as simple as asking “does he keep a smile on my face?” If the answer is “yes,” you’re on the right track.

Amateur Detectives: Your Guide To The Latest Gadgets For Catching Him Cheating

November 5th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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How far would you go to catch your man cheating? Once upon a time, you had to follow him around. But today catching him in the act is as easy as downloading an app.

Gadgets For Catching Him Cheating

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Key-Logging Software

Upload these programs onto his computer and they’ll track every keystroke he makes: porn websites, deleted e-mails to his mistress and flirty Facebook messages he sent to his old high school crush.

Girlfriend VS Wife: Is Being Good To Your Man Keeping You From The Altar?

November 4th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Could acting like a wife before he puts a ring on it be keeping you from getting married? Some women who want to head down the aisle say “yes.” It’s fun to play house with the man you love, but these women say that abstainging from these wifely duties will help him decide whether he wants to commit much sooner.

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Compromise

If you’re planning on getting married, there’s plenty of time for making it work when things get rough. But if you’re being bugged by a deal beaker, don’t be afraid to let it go. If you’e only going to commit to one man for the rest of your life, better make sure it’s right.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: What His First Date Body Language Is Telling You

November 4th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Does he think you’re the one? Or is he just waiting for the check? Learn these clues to what his first date body language is telling you and you’ll never have to wonder again.

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You Locked Eyes

We’ll start with the good stuff: eye contact for more than three seconds? You’re officially looking deep into each other’s eyes. Time to break the gaze and smile or go ahead and lean in for a kiss.

We Hate To Say It But: 15 Celebrities Who Deserved To Get Dumped

November 3rd, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Heartbreak is a horrible thing, but these celebrities may have deserved to get dumped. Maybe they’ll have better luck in romance when they do a little better.

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Matthew Knowles

Not one but two love children and paternity suits? Baby mama’s giving up Knowles family secrets on Inside Edition? It’s no wonder Mr. Knowles got divorced. He needs to take a break from the dating game before the Knowles family gets any bigger.