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Anonymous said: Why are you so passionate about sex toys? Some people are passionate about literature, others about video games and some about politics, but why sex toys for you Kate? And how did this passion begin? Thanks!

I’ve always been interested in sexuality, ever since I was 8 or 9 years old and started learning about that stuff. I’ve researched it endlessly since I was a kid.

A friend took me to my first sex shop when I was 15, and I was hooked. I thought it was so awesome that these feminist spaces exist where women and men and genderqueer people can seek out their pleasures in a safe and supportive setting. Over the next few years, I accumulated a little collection, including a few items from the darling of the sex toy industry, Lelo.

A few months ago, I applied to a local sex shop that was hiring. I didn’t get the job, likely because they chose someone with retail experience (I have none!), but in the process, I had to do a lot of research on sex toys to supplement my knowledge, and discovered some sex toy review blogs. As a lifelong writer and soon-to-be journalism student, these reviews immediately appealed to me as something I loved reading and knew I could easily write.

So I started writing reviews on a website that pays its members in “reward points” for reviewing toys (figured I might as well get something out of it!). After a while of that, I decided that, since I don’t have much to do until school starts in September, I’d start my own blog dedicated to articles about sex and sex toys. I did, and now I get sent toys for free on the regular to review - the blog has really taken off! (And no, I won’t tell you the link… I’m trying to keep it separate from my online identity as Kate Sloan, at least for now.)

So basically I’m now an encyclopedia of sex toys. Ask me for recommendations any time, with your specific needs and wants, and I’ll send you some links to take a look at.