Have you ever been close to climaxing when your vibrator gives out?

It turns out it’s not so uncommon, especially considering there are no regulations surrounding sex toy functionality and safety, according to Raven Faber, founder of EngErotics in Westminster.

In a $30 billion sex toy industry monopolized by people who look nothing like her, Faber, a Black woman, set out to change the stigma around intimacy devices. She leveraged her engineering career to develop not only better products, but to also create a more inclusive environment in the world of sex technology.

“I didn’t know there was such a thing as a toxic sex toy,” Faber said. “There’s nothing that holds manufacturers accountable for the quality and safety of the sex toys they create. A lot of people will believe that ‘If I buy this dildo it will be safe,’ but nothing could be further from the truth.”