• Sex Toys

These are the kinds of toys you keep away from children. Adult sex toys, which have been around for thousands of years, may be fun to use during sex or for masturbating, but sharing these toys could lead to transmission of infections such as STDs. Also, some of the rubber-like toys contain chemicals that may have negative consequences to the user.

Aside from those concerns, cock rings, dildos, vibrators, penis rings and more can be found online and in adult sex stores. The uninitiated can indulge their curiosity by visiting a boutique sex store meant to attract men, women and couples. Although they’re not for everyone, sex toys can be used to enhance a shared sexual experience or some special time alone.

The sourced articles below should provide more information on sex toys for possibly a more pleasurable playtime.

  1. Sex Toy Award Is Restored By Trade Show After An Outcry Over Sexism

    “The country’s largest consumer electronics convention has restored an award that it had promised to give — but then rescinded — to a high-tech sex toy for women and gender-nonconforming people.”

    Karen Zraick, nytimes.com, 5/9/2019

  2. CES Revokes Award From Female-Founded Sex Tech Company

    “Sex tech has been done at the Consumer Electronics Show. This year, however, seems to be different, with the organization behind CES, the Consumer Technology Association, revoking an innovation award from a company geared toward women’s sexual health. The CTA revoked an innovation award from Lora DiCarlo, the company behind a hands-free device that uses biomimicry and robotics to help women achieve a blended orgasm by simultaneously simulating the G-spot and the clitoris. … When asked why, [CTA Senior Manager of Event Communications Sarah] Brown simply said, ‘Because they don’t fit a product category.’ … CES also allowed a virtual reality porn company to exhibit at the show in 2017, as well as a sex toy robot for men to exhibit in 2018.”

    Megan Rose Dickey, techcrunch.com, 1/8/2019

  3. How Silicon Valley’s Feature Creep Is Ruining Sex Toys

    “It’s a bloated, unwieldy offering that seems more concerned with adding on features than actually enhancing sexual pleasure.”

    Lux Alptraum, theverge.com, 5/27/2018

  4. The Best Sex Toys For Couples

    “If you spend time with your battery-operated boyfriend only when your real guy isn’t around, you’re both missing out …”

    Elizabeth Bacharach, womenshealthmag.com, 6/27/2017

  5. How To Properly Clean Your Sex Toys

    “But if you’re into using sex toys — whether you use them strictly when you’re masturbating, or you use them during sex, too — it’s imperative that you learn how to properly clean your sex toys.”

    Elizabeth Enochs, bustle.com, 2/18/2016

  6. 5 Scary Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Get An STD

    “Okay. You’re probably not sharing your Rabbit with a total random (unless you’re into sex parties such as swinging), but before you even think about handing off your vibrator to another person, clean and sterilize it before/after every use.”

    Kenny Thapoung, marieclaire.com, 8/6/2015

  7. Risky Business: Dangers Of Sex Toys

    “Between 1995 and 2006, one study found, about 6,800 people were treated for sex toy injuries in the United States. It’s probably fair to guess that the true number might be much higher. That doesn’t mean you need to cancel the game of ‘bored housewife and sweaty lawn boy’ you’ve been planning.”

    Gina Shaw, berkeleywellness.com, 6/25/2015

  8. 9 Ways You Can Get An STD Without Having Sex

    “Much like the skin-to-skin contact mentioned above, indirect contact is a less likely, but still possible, way to contract an STD without having sex. Trichomoniasis can be spread by hand-to-genital contact or even hitch a ride to your genitals on an unwashed sex toy.”

    Kristena Ducre, stdcheck.com, 6/23/2015

  9. Warning: Your Vibrator Could Be Made With Harmful Chemicals

    “You’re probably only worried about what you can catch during sex when you’re with another human being—not a battery-operated partner”

    K. Aleisha Fetters, womenshealthmag.com, 6/22/2015

  10. Are Phthalates In Sex Toys Unsafe For Your Nether Regions? Here Are 6 Tips For Staying On The Safe Side

    “While many countries have banned phthalates in certain things — like children’s toys — because of their demonstrated dangers, there’s little research on how these chemicals may affect us during adult playtime.”

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown, bustle.com, 10/14/2013

  11. Timeline: Female Hysteria And The Sex Toys Used To Treat It

    “Check out our illustrated history of hysteria—and the early sex toys used to treat it—from the time of Hippocrates to today.”

    Maya Dusenbery, motherjones.com, 6/1/2012