Kieron Marchese. Yes, the entire month of May is dedicated to self-love, which these days is considered an essential form of self-care. But before we get to those, you might be wondering where sex toys originate. Still, sex toys are thought to be some 30, years old, if you are to believe reports of ancient phalluses made from stone were fit for purpose way back when. No longer a taboo, because erotic toys have become more socially acceptable, new demands have been placed on the sexual marketplace, shifting the focus from pure functionality to aesthetics and inspiring designers to come up with desirable products.
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Coronavirus pushed Las Vegas' annual Consumer Electronics Show online, but there was still plenty to see. Here are seven highlights, including heated sex toys , an AI pet robot and a toilet with its own app. Design graduate Dmytro Nikiforchuk has created a range of sex toys for the elderly , including a tickling thimble and an ear trumpet for listening to a lover's heartbeat. Wood and wool feature alongside silicone in the Rituals of Sexual Pleasure series of sex toys , designed by Coby Huang as explorative tools rather than solely for penetration and vibration. Ahead of Valentine's Day, we've selected seven sex toys for solo pleasure, including a gender-neutral vibrator, a masturbation sleeve for trans men, and a sensation suit for disabled people.
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Even a decade ago, owning a pleasure device of any kind felt slightly shameful. It was as though it was a secret to be hidden away, in our most private drawers only to be seen on lonely nights. This feeling was, in part, due to how sex toys were manufactured to be blatantly realistic and obnoxiously large. Let's just say, before the 90s, vibrators were not discrete—or cute. Below are some of the leading pleasure brands—started mainly by women founders who are leading the industry into a new frontier of empowerment and liberation. This badass sex toy brand was started by two female founders: One is a credentialed sexologist and the other is an established engineer. The designs are truly a glimpse at how sex toys can be revolutionized, and they challenge our ideas on what these products should look like. The founders continue to develop new and innovative products for all—while also closing the pleasure gap.
You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience. Report A Problem. A mirror to current trends and shifts in society: The casual and open consumption of these rather delicate products is no longer a taboo nobody talks about. They are, in fact, considered self-care and lifestyle products.