Put the biggest myths about sex toys to bed

Put the biggest myths about sex toys to bed

First they were used to medically treat "hysterical" women, then they were euphemistically sold as "massagers." Finally, they became acceptable — but rarely purchased — tools for pleasure. It wasn't until the '90s — around the time Sex and the City introduced us to the Rabbit — that people in the mainstream spoke about sex toysout loud. But these days, it's rare to walk into any pharmacy without seeing a selection of vibrators right next to the lube and condoms. 

And that's the way it should be. 

Worldwide, the sex toy industry rakes in $15 billion a year, with 19.2% of sales being vibrators and 16% being dildos. Fifty percent of women start using sex toys in their 20s. Twelve percent of women use a sex toy at least once a week to masturbate, and, because we know you were wondering, New Zealand is the No. 1 country as far as vibrator ownership goes. Thirty-five percent of Kiwis have at least one in their possession. Whereas only 1% of women in the '70s used sex toysroughly 53% do now. 

The oldest known sex toy is 30,000 years old, but it took generations for us to feel comfortable talking about them as the discourse surrounding sex toys is often filled with misconceptions, stereotypes and feelings of discomfort. 

But that era is long over. So instead of giggling at the mention of cock rings and Rabbits, use the following tidbits to launch open and honest (and not bashful) conversations. There's nothing to be embarrassed about.

1. Sex toys are for everyone, not just lonely single people. 

One of the most negative myths about sex toys is that they're just for single, or "lonely," people who have no option but to use something with a battery. Wrong. People of all relationship statuses use sex toys. In fact, 78% of women who use them report being in a relationship. They're also not just for straight women. There are plenty of toys out there for same-sex couples, as well as toys for men

2. Sex toys make good sex lives better, not worse. 

Another nasty rap and outdated notion is that sex toys are only for those whose sex lives are lacking. Wrong again. A recent study from the Kinsey Institute have found that women who use vibrators are more likely to keep regular gynecological appointments and experience "higher levels of desire, arousal, lubrication, and orgasm." 

Moreover, enjoying sex solo with a vibrator or other personal-use toy doesn't affect one's odds of enjoying sex with another person, as Charlotte from Sex and the City was so worried about. Sex toys enhance, not ruin, sex with a partner.

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