It’s just not that hard to have everybody feel represented.
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 writer said that they could be misinterpreted and used in negative ways. But, essentially, we felt grateful for the press, but disappointed that the author interpreted the icons with such negativity and violence and strife, and put women in such a position of receiving said violence and aggression. We don't agree with 's interpretation that the icons have hidden, secret messages that are aggressive and dangerous.
As a result, your team wrote a blog post to explain how you translate Flirtmoji. That said, the way she described the icons reveals a truth that the user can misuse these Flirtmoji, but they can also use them for good and sext positively.
If it’s not so serious to you, there are flirty icons.
There’s stigma around sexting, so part of this project is light and funny.
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.
Anyone has to be able to look at them and not feel offended. But some people will probably find these offensive anyway. When you started the project, did you also look up other adult emoji or stickers to see if there was anyone else trying to do what you’re doing? We did a lot of research and tried to always stay connected, because we felt that what we were working on was so obvious and important that there’s no way that we’re the only ones doing this. People have put together bad collections, thoughtless collections, offensive collections...