Things You Don’t Know About Sex Toys

Posted: September 12, 2012 in MK4D
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Vibrating rings, lube, and dildos are hardly shocking stuff anymore. Hell, pleasure products are sold next to vitamins in the drugstore, and even Oprah-endorsed vibes on daytime TV! What is pretty damn shocking? These eight little-known facts about the sex toy goodies that live in the nightstand drawer.


A doctor invented vibes…for “crazy” women.

Yep, the first electrical vibrator (a 40-pound contraption that required two people to operate — not exactly a pocket rocket) was used by a British M.D. treating “female hysteria.” He used the tool to bring nervous or stressed women to orgasm. Luckily, a few years later, take-home versions were created.

The infamous Rabbit is shaped like an animal for legal reasons.

The Rabbit (which Charlotte got addicted to on Sex and the City) originated in Japan, where it was against the law to create a sex toy that resembled a penis. Why it’s acceptable to make one that looks like a cute animal, we’ll never understand. But we’re just glad the manufacturers didn’t let the government hold them back from creating this beloved buzzy toy.

They’re totally recession-proof.

Women may give up mani-pedis in a crappy economy, but not their sex toys! Not only are sales holding steady, but the recession has actually led to an increase in purchases. Online sex toy distributor Adam & Eve reported a 17 percent uptick in purchases in 2009, while sales of the Trojan Vibrating Mini Massager were up 20 percent.

If you don’t use one, there’s a good chance your roommate does.

According to a recent academic study of vibrator use in America — yes, scientists are paid to research this stuff — one in two women get their buzz on.

And women aren’t the only ones buzzing their way to O-Town.

News flash: the commonly held belief that men are a little freaked out by vibrators might not be true. Eighty-one percent of women have brought one into bed with a guy.

V-Day should really stand for Vibrator Day.

Screw flowers and chocolate. Well, actually you can’t. And that’s the problem. Maybe that’s why so many people opt for a sex toy in addition to more traditional February 14th gifts. Babeland’s online sales increase 50% in the month of February and according to a recent study, one in five people said they planned to use a vibe with their partners last V-Day.

Women who use one have healthier hoo-has.

You already know that regular O’s can lead to a longer life, but one study also found that vibrator users are more likely to have visited a gyno in the past year and have done a down-there visual self-check in the previous month. That might be because a woman who uses a toy learns to be more comfortable putting her nether region on display — either for herself or for her doctor, explains Debby Herbenick, PhD, one of the researchers of the Indiana University study and author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.

The best-selling sex toy isn’t what you’d expect…

What flies off the shelf more than any other pleasure product out there? Lube. Guess everyone read our story on how to turn him into an orgasm whisperer.


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