Good vibrations: Sex toys go mainstream
April 19th, 2012
01:09 PM ET

Good vibrations: Sex toys go mainstream

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex weekly on The Chart. Read more from him on his website, GoodInBed.

From Victorian times - when vibrators were invented to treat “female hysteria" - to "Sex and the City" times - when Charlotte discovered The Rabbit - generations of women have used vibrators to go from no-go to the Big O.

But today’s sex toys are more innovative than ever and not just for women.

Brands like Trojan now sell their line of vibrators alongside condoms at your local drugstore. And sex shops report being inundated by shoppers who have read the erotic novel “50 Shades of Grey” and now want to spice things up in their own bedrooms.

In the past decade, vibrator use has become a lot less taboo among women, and there has been an explosion of new toy designs for the discerning lady looking to engage in self-pleasuring. Yet for the most part, that same variety of product has not existed for men.

Yet slowly but surely toy designers are acknowledging the fact that vibrators and the like don’t have to be relegated to solo use; for adventurous and open-minded couples, they can be invaluable tools for reigniting intimacy, and for achieving even more pleasurable sex.

“For both women and men vibrator use is linked with more positive sexual function, such as greater desire, arousal, and easier orgasms,” says Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., a research scientist at Indiana University and the author of “Sex Made Easy.”

“It's also something that most women and men in the U.S. feel positively about - there really isn't the same stigma that, decades ago, people may have associated with sex toy use.”

Because of this shift in perception, Herbenick reports, most women in the U.S. - and nearly half of all men - have used vibrators. And while there are many who are still shy about purchasing a sex toy from their local drugstore or other retail chain, it’s easy to order these products online, or to take advantage of an in-home sex toy party in a fun, group setting with companies like Pure Romance or Passion Parties.

So how are toy designers and distributors responding to this new demand for their wares? In addition to expanding outside of adult bookstores and sex-specific shops, sex toy purveyors are offering their products in a variety of price ranges, for every type of consumer.

Some of the simplest toys can be had for as little as $10. Others veer into the hundreds and can now be found at mainstream retailers like Brookstone. And as a sign that toys are no longer something to be ashamed of, some product lines are considered luxury items... beautiful, artsy, and - in some cases - costing thousands of dollars, like the luxury toys at Kiki de Montparnasse.

Many vibrators have also strayed from the classic, phallic design, expanding what’s available in terms of both form and function.

Today’s sex toys are often beautifully designed, and fit in well with the quirky aesthetics of, say, Apple Computers or Volkswagen.

Tenga, for example, has made some interesting toys for men, such as disposable "eggs" for self-pleasure or partnered sex play. The We-Vibe, meanwhile, is proving to be a bestseller in many sex shops, which, in the shape of a funky horse-shoe, is designed for couples to use to enhance love-making and stimulates both partners simultaneously.

And then there’s the trend in remote control toys. Some designers are adapting gaming technology for sex toys with an emphasis on play. The SenseMotion toys from Lelo use motion-control remotes similar to the Wii, and the upcoming Mojowijo (not yet available in the U.S.) makes use of the actual Wii controller. Men and women can use the remote to manipulate the sex toy their partner is using. It even works over Skype!

And if music is your thing, then you can get in sync with your playlist via the Ohmibod, a wireless music driven vibrator that, when connected to an iPod /iPhone (or any mp3 player), will pulsate to the music.

But aren’t men intimidated by vibrators? you ask. Herbenick believes that’s a myth.

“Fortunately, most men are not intimidated by vibrators,” she says. “Some men worry that their partner will prefer a vibrator over them, but most men don't feel this way. Hopefully, we will continue to see more toys available for men and also more toys made specifically with couples in mind.”

Post by:
Filed under: Sex

soundoff (125 Responses)

    bonsoir - you taste delicious (wink)

    October 31, 2012 at 05:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. carmen

    i bought many of my toys at limbooerotic.com. they have great products.

    January 5, 2013 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. sandy

    Great article... the type of sex toys they come out with nowadays is crazy. I buy my toys at exozz.com, great website

    May 30, 2013 at 04:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. jason

    i get many of my lingerie and toys at http://www.thetotalparadise.com and they give you 20% off everyday on everything with coupon code 0

    June 4, 2013 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. lella

    Check out our website at http://www.SexNShop.Com !!! Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sexnshop!!!!! Your One Stop Shop For All Your Erotic Pleasures !!!!

    June 27, 2013 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Akira

    The worst part is it's not even Robertcop. It's RobertCop III the depressing sequel where he divorces JennyCop.

    December 1, 2013 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tyler Peyre

    Hi! Someone in the Twitter group shared this great site with us then I began to look it over. I definitely enjoy the ideas. I am bookmarking and tweeting it to my followers! Remarkable blog and outstanding style and design.


    September 10, 2017 at 20:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Amber

    "Zeer mooie en informatieve post. Ik geniet echt van je standpunt over SEX TOYS. Ik kocht mijn eerste seksspeeltje van https://www.purple-pleasure-people.com/"

    August 11, 2018 at 15:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. astindia48

    Such an interesting article about adult toys even I also love to use adult toys to make myself satisfied.

    April 29, 2019 at 07:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Tsecbv56245afsdfsaf5621

    lookup pertaining to sexual rejection articles or reviews posted

    5 tips for a thriving Tinder ConversationBeen employing Tinder brief time without much success? Want to shut the come across a work for? do so as part of call with guaranteed steps. here is a must for just about any woman that will claims he can fare best regarding Tinder and then wants to raise his possibilities with a potential partner. whenever a customer survey will be done, largest part of these men or women does which none bad is what they are seeking for. How you think mr brad pitt in addition some kind of gemstone music star 'd face charmingdate knock back? would undoubtedly and they yowl and in addition seriously feel impaired. taking denied can occur with us, every at going out with. But if is happening often to your account, following keep in mind this period for actually find out more something. along with the time, a form of migration in addition has metamorphosed. in support of unusual migration, many people to hold a working permit. on a trip to a culture particularly the USA times Indians, then simply looking for a our site work permit for Indians really should important. but it's clear people on the other hand want to listen to friends, rrnstead of an automated system together with physical contact. find out our number one regarding B2B contacting. While the simple truth is that for a number of the women could get aroused just takes greater operate and after that time period compared to men. a lot of our credit advisors make easier and then guide you all over the country course of action. great proposals may not be a great connect, you could to decline all of. but unfortunately, It is important that you not allow often the rival in a much courteous manner in which, and not painful the comments of additional shindig. the entire charge to assist you procedures whole new passport programs are definitely more exactly the same time. the foremost problems additional property investment of time and money needed to secure a new passport. finding one of the vital crafted nations across depends upon. obtaining the best the crafting state indian conveys an experienced external bond at australia. you could facial area most blocks to turn into a successful shooter.

    November 27, 2020 at 23:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. detectives privados arganda del rey

    detectives privados huesca


    December 12, 2020 at 00:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. August Brewton

    I believe that is among the most vital information for me. And i am happy studying your article. But should observation on few normal things, The web site style is great, the articles is in reality nice : D. Just right task, cheers Here is a great Shopify How To Guide to start to sell online: https://www.no1geekfun.com/how-to-use-shopify-in-2020/


    December 15, 2020 at 04:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. 700k make money

    Earn 100 commissions of up to 900+ dollars DAILY. 90 Second Set Up- 100 Newbie Friendly – Fully Hosted "MonsterMode PRO Funnel" Included FREE – Fully Scalable $10K+ Per Month Income Potential More details: Click the link in profile


    December 26, 2020 at 12:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. E Vapor

    Has anyone visited LA Vape and Smoke? x


    January 2, 2021 at 01:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. cbd benefits for cats

    Hi everybody ! can anyone advise where I can buy Heritage Hemp?


    January 5, 2021 at 11:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Blu Vape Pods Equal To How Many Cigarettes

    What Kind Of Vaporizor For Nicotine Salts


    January 7, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Jaime Peele

    I'm still learning from you, but I'm trying to achieve my goals. I certainly love reading everything that is written on your website.Keep the information coming. I liked it!


    January 7, 2021 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Ema

    how to make a vape charger


    January 12, 2021 at 06:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Coleta

    can campfir from vicks vaper rub kill you


    January 14, 2021 at 08:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Mandie Eatough


    January 15, 2021 at 21:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Ashli Lindy

    Content has become king, appears the black hats are getting own by the white hat profit makers.


    January 20, 2021 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Barton Ranch

    Enjoyed looking through this, very good stuff, regards . "To be positive To be mistaken at the top of one's voice." by Ambrose Bierce.


    January 21, 2021 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Reid Ebershoff

    This here seems like a great, seriously excellent article. Thanks for publishing and allowing me to read your wisdom. Recently music industry is all deep concentrated on itself, it's very hard to make it. That's why we need to support the beginner singers, watch their Youtube and Instagram videos, help with fan support, share on facebook. Only through collective labors can we achive slick music database everywhere.


    January 22, 2021 at 02:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. tinder site

    what is tinder , how to use tinder https://tinderdatingsiteus.com/

    January 26, 2021 at 16:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Maryetta Macayan

    Social network traffic Facebook likes Twitter Followers Instagram Followers and much more


    January 26, 2021 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Kirby Iodice

    Do you want get more social network traffic, likes, subscribers? Our Company provide SMM Services that means (Social Media Marketing) that is directly using social network websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to promote a website. High Quality Services / Our prices are the cheapest in the market, starting at $0.01 / 24/7 Support / API Support for panel leaders / Best prices


    January 27, 2021 at 02:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Sharyn Mohamed


    January 28, 2021 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Make-Money-Online 2021

    Get Our Passive Income System – Step 1: Get our ready made niche websites, Step 2: Setup your Paypal account. Step 3: Run our Unlimited Traffic System from 850 sources of traffic (Approximately 35000 views a day guaranteed). Then just wait and earn your income 100 on autopilot. More info: https://www.k3reviews.com/2020/08/16/monster-mode-700k/


    January 30, 2021 at 11:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Make-money-in auto-pilot-2021

    Earn 500 a Day With Our Passive Income System Doing These 3 Steps: Step 1: Get our ready made niche websites, Step 2: Setup your Paypal account. Step 3: Run our Unlimited Traffic System from our Free 850 sources of traffic and start earning your income in same day. More info: https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/gp8vk/0


    January 30, 2021 at 21:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. free catholic dating sites

    free dating sites http://freedatingsiteall.com

    January 31, 2021 at 18:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. what do older women like in sex toys

    Can someone recommend Suits? Cheers x


    February 10, 2021 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. 500000Scrapebox CommentBacklinks

    High DA PA 50+ Do follow Forum Backlinks: https://www.seoclerk.com/Link-Building/836800/High-DA-PA-50-Do-follow-Forum-Backlinks


    February 16, 2021 at 20:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. fine dining Orlando

    I saw a lot of website but I conceive this one contains something special in it in it


    February 18, 2021 at 08:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. SocialMedia Services2021

    Do you want get more social network traffic, likes, and retweets? SMM Supreme uses his own panel system to generate social media traffic to any website. Best Quality-Price Ratio on the market with 714928 orders until now. – Facebook Fan Page Likes: $4.50/1000 – Instagram Followers: $0.78/1000 – Youtube Views: $1.62/1000 – Twitter followers: $2.10/1000 – Paypal Deposit – Payeer Deposit – Automatic order processing – Our Website: https://smmsupreme.com/


    February 19, 2021 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2

Leave a Reply to carmen


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.