100 Women We Love: Class Of 2018

Each one of these women, in her own unique way, is a role model who exemplifies the best of the LGBTQ community.

Stephanie Berman

Photo by Emily Berl

Turkey basters and syringes took all the fun out of trying to make a baby, so Stephanie Berman came up with something totally novel. She and her wife wanted to conceive at home, without a trip to the doctor’s office. But the reproductive options for women were, well, just not sexy. Plus, they didn’t work for her. Berman, who had previously worked for her family’s business, which specialized in distributing products for women’s reproductive health, had a better idea: the Semenette, an ejaculating strap-on dildo. “The Semenette allows partners to engage in an exponentially more intimate act, through its proprietary inner-tubing and pump system, recreating penetrative sex and the fertilization process in the privacy of their own home,” says Berman, the CEO and founder of the product. The company now produces a more pleasure-focused option that maintains its unique function, but is designed to be more universal and inclusive, specifically addressing the needs of all LGBTQ+ communities. The latest version is called POP Dildo. Not only have the products been helping same-sex couples make babies on their own at home, but they’ve worked for Berman and her wife, too. The pair conceived two children with the help of the Semenette and POP Dildo. Stephanie is deeply invested in her clients’ success. “There is nothing more rewarding than waking up to an email with a picture of a positive pregnancy test sent by a client. The fact that people want to share this exciting news with me and invite me into their world in such a beautiful way is something I’m very grateful for.” —SEJ