May is National Masturbation Month, so we're celebrating by exploring the many facets of self-love. I dream of the day our nation's greatest minds come together and invent a compostable dildo. Tragically, that day has not arrived. Over the past few years, however, there's been a growing interest in sustainable sex toys — including, but thankfully not limited to, used sex toys.
Browse Craigslist, Reddit, or even some of your favorite sex-positive Facebook groups, and you're guaranteed to find a discounted, freshly boiled anal plug for sale. And while there's nothing quite so magical as coming home to a warm pot of cock rings on the stove, it's worth noting that no used sex toy is ever completely free of risk. Somehow over the past decade, it's been forgotten.
How mutual masturbation can help close the orgasm gap If you haven't seen used sex toys for sale, well then bless your pure heart. Some ads appeal to the more socially conscious consumer. The kind of responsible person who adopts their dog from the shelter — just substitute sex toys for dogs and social platforms for shelters. Tried 'em each a time or two. Rather give them a new home than sit unused," one ad recently implored.
Only nonporous toys are available for purchase, and advertisers must explain how the toy was previously used which still relies on something of a trust system. For all its public health reforms, Craigslist still remains one of the best places to buy used sex toys online. Take, for example, this delightful piece of booty bling available for purchase from a random street in Brooklyn: The stigma against them has diminished.
Today's millennials don't live in the shadow of the AIDS epidemic. Plenty of STIs are curable. Sex toys can be wildly expensive. Boiling a sex toy can work wonders, just not magic. Lisa Finn is a sex educator and brand manager for Babeland , a feminist sex toy boutique with locations on both coasts.
While Finn understands why some folks prefer to buy used sex toys online, she cautions that purchasing one isn't without risk: Even the most conspicuous consumer might be caught off guard "There are materials like stainless steel and factory-grade silicone that can very easily be disinfected.
Some toys that don't have any motors or divets or openings can be completely disinfected, like platinum-grade silicone. But," Finn argues, "you can't guarantee that those products are made out of those materials. Or if that silicone has been degraded. You don't know if someone opened that box and went to Staples [to repackage it]. People are able to resell something that's been used and been contaminated. Actual things you can do to bridge the orgasm gap in your own bedroom Next to saving for your retirement, buying a new sex toy is a solid investment.
And if you can spare the cash, it's worth purchasing it from a quality manufacturer who uses materials that won't singe your genitals. Freshness does make a difference, whether you're talking about broccoli or anal beads.
To be clear, not everyone who's buying a used sex toy online is doing it for the great discounts, and they're not all indifferent to the health risks. Some are just genuinely concerned about sustainability. There are no known recyclable cock rings. I have yet to see a paper mache butt plug. Day after day I look for compostable vibrators, and yet. Finn admits that sex toys typically aren't made of recyclable materials.
There's not much you can make out of a silicone dildo besides another Some e-waste facilities exist, but by and large, sex toy recycling technology lags far behind. Far better, then, to think of sex toys as a long-term investment, not a disposable good. Relieve your recycling anxiety. Just as we put time and attention into purchasing a new home, we should put care into picking out our next big vibrator.
There's also a charity that provides free sex toys , as part of their mission to close the orgasm gap. These are simple functional sex toys for someone who wants the experience to try out a sex toy but doesn't have the money. Hope springs eternal in generic sex toy lines and long-lasting toys. Purchase wisely and always remember to boil.