I conceived of Esmeralda when a friend told me he bought a sex doll—not the one in the movie. This revelation forced me to grapple with a huge question. How open minded am I? Even in the world of kink positivity and polyamory, owning a sex doll is, to say the least, frowned upon. Yet, here was an opportunity to help a friend through his sexual shame. With his blessing, I decided to explore this question further in the form of a relationship dramedy.