Sales of male sex toys have risen tenfold in the last decade. Normally, something like this would be a reason for the Daily Mail to campaign for new ‘sex offender’ laws that would imprison thousands of men. Instead, the Fail assures its mainly femiservative readers that it is in fact a good thing. Why? Because most male sex toys are bought by men looking not to please themselves, but rather to better please their wives and girlfriends in bed.
There’s been a tenfold increase in the sale of male sex toys in the UK in the last decade.
It’s predicted to be the fastest growing sector of the industry in 2014, with a market worth £10 million in the UK alone.
But we’re not talking blow-up dolls here – in fact, the average man’s motivation to buy a sex toy is far from sleazy or selfish.
Easy access to informative sex education, a long overdue discussion of erection problems and a generation of women eager to explain the intricacies of their baffling sexual systems has finally had the desired effect.
Men have grown up about sex, moved past the all-roads-lead-to-intercourse formula and (finally!) acknowledged the basic design flaw of the male/female sexual response system – that the clitoris is outside the vagina.
The biggest selling male sex toy is the ‘love ring’ – a ring that fits around the base of the penis, holding the blood in the three spongy chambers that fill to make him erect.
How is this a step in the right direction when it’s still penis-centric?
A lot of the love rings have a little vibrator attached to them – and that’s designed to bring her pleasure and attempt to even up the orgasm quota (currently running at about 4:1 in his favour).
‘Strokers’ – textured squidgy sleeves that slide over the penis and are then moved up and down by hand to intensify the sensation – are the second biggest selling sex toy for him.
But far from being used solo, they’re being used with partners as a exploratory couple’s toy (75 per cent of buyers are in a relationship).
Penis pumps, which create a vacuum to improve blood flow to the penis, ensuring healthy, firm erections, are another big seller…
..The surge of interest from men in sex toys is also a positive move forward because they’re going for products designed to improve sex with their partner in a quest to keep sex interesting for both.
While Tracey Cox, a woman who makes millions of pounds each year from the sale of vibrators and dildos, justifies the sale of male sex toys so long as they are ‘not selfish’ and used to please women, she has no doubt about the liberating effect of the vibrator on female sexual independece :
There was a reason why women wholeheartedly embraced sex toys, in particular vibrators – we need them.
The vibrator is the most reliable route to orgasm for women; only 25 percent of women consistently orgasm during intercourse and about 20 per cent seldom or ever do.
The humble vibrator is, without a doubt, the single most revolutionary device ever invented in terms of female sexuality.
Without it, a large chunk of women would never experience an orgasm at all, let alone be able to teach their partner how to do it. (At least if you’ve had one, you have a clue what you’re aiming for.)