Whether it is a solo game or with a partner, sexual pleasure is useful primarily for mental hygiene, concentration, and stress relief, and brings many other benefits that may not be visible to the naked eye. Unfortunately, there are still barriers to sexual satisfaction, especially for women, and these include primarily shame, cultural conditioning, lack of good sex, and a pronounced gap in orgasm among heterosexual couples.
All of the above-mentioned pushed women into a pursuit of pleasure, with the help of what we today call “adult toys”.
They have been used since ancient times
There are stories that the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra used a hollowed-out pumpkin or an empty vessel filled with bees to create vibrations by buzzing, but we do not know how much truth there is in that. Masturbation was once seen as a natural bodily need, erotic depictions were found on cave walls 40,000 years old, while the oldest known specimen of a dildo is 28,000 years old. However, the concept of pornography did not exist until the Victorian era.
But we will not go that much into history. What we would rather write about is how female sex toys have developed over the last century
What there is evidence for is the fact that women have been treated with sex devices for years.
Did you know that doctors in the twenties attributed orgasms to women diagnosed with hysteria? That orgasm was provoked as it is today: by stimulating the clitoris. At the time, clitoral stimulation was not considered a part of sex, and only penetration was considered sex. Therefore, doctors or their assistants would orgasm a woman without penetration and that orgasm would not be considered a sexual act. The tools they used were the first versions of what we today know as vibrators. By now you are probably wondering when did the popularity of in-home use grow?
As the popularity of electricity expanded, the use of the first household vibrators expanded. In fact, the vibrator is the fifth device electrified in the house. In order, the electrical appliances introduced into household use were: sewing machine, fan, kettle, toaster, and vibrator. Obviously, our priorities are very similar today, maybe minus the sewing machine. As for the latest vibrator toys for women, a company called IntimateMelody has developed a so-called “honey puffer”. It’s a device that stimulates the clitoris in many ways than one. Best of all, it can be used in the water as well.
How much toys for these purposes have evolved can be seen just by visiting an online shop. What you simply have to notice are male sex dolls designed only for pleasuring women. So, if you feel lonely and neglected, you have no one to share a couple of intimate moments with, and if you prefer to have a toy appearing as a person rather than just a tool, these are for you. One can choose from a variety of skin colors, sizes, shapes, celebrity-looking dolls, hairy, not-so-hairy, and tons of other things.
In the end, it’s all about how open you are when it comes to using all the available means for some pleasure.
Post-covid sex industry
The sex toy industry was reduced to products such as intimate massagers, penetration supplements, and lubricants, and then with the onset of the pandemic, it discovered creativity that was also recognized by consumers. Driven by heightened interest, it offers increasingly innovative products, advice, encourages and launches a real revolution in the (self) satisfaction industry
After Europe led the global growth of startups in 2023 (investments in European development companies tripled last year), it also pushed the sex toy industry hard. The global value of that market was $ 33.64 billion in 2020, and it is estimated that by 2028 it will grow at a rate of eight percent. European growth will be higher than the global average of 13 percent, with toys for women being the most sought after. The pandemic has obviously had a rather potent effect on the sex and sexual aids industry, and chances are high that consumers who have just discovered a niche will become loyal fans as companies in the sector, driven by heightened interest, offer increasingly innovative products, advise, encourage and drive a real revolution in the (self) satisfaction industry.
According to one consulting company, which specializes in the sex and sexual wellness industry, the industry used to be reduced to products such as intimate massagers, penetration supplements, and lubricants. For example, it launched a training and marketed a variety of products from Bluetooth toys to CBD-based products. As customers have responded well to innovation, during 2023 it continued to push the boundaries and launched a series of trends that will ‘live’ in Omicron 2023 as well.
In addition to the industry bringing products that meet the needs of different target groups, she decided to work on the image – of lubricants. These products, namely, were the black sheep of the industry; customers were reluctant to buy them because it meant that their body was not doing a good ‘job’. However, therapists and educators in the field of sexuality have begun to promote the use of lubricants with the goal of increasing sexual pleasure.
What does the future hold?
There are also those exploring a niche called teledildonics, which refers to toys with integrated internet and Bluetooth technology (for example, they can connect to an app). The advantage of such products is that they provide interactive pleasure at a distance and synchronized sexual experiences. This trend is not new, but experts predict that it will flourish in the coming years. It also relies on virtual sex events, which flourished during the pandemic mostly due to physical limitations and heavy lockdowns. Like any other industry, this one moved to the digital world, so sex parties were held via Zoom instead of four walls.