More Women Using Sex Toys
by Elizabeth Black©


This study called "The Health Benefits of Sexual Aids & Devices: A
Comprehensive Study of their Relationship to Satisfaction and Quality of
Life" by the Berman Institute didn't tell me anything I didn't already know.
The study found that more women today are using sexual aids like sex
toys to enhance their pleasure. The research has been around since
2004, when it was revealed at the second annual Women's Sexual
Health State-Of-The-Art Series conference in conjunction with the
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The following was listed as the purpose of the research:

* to produce an academic study in an underreported and emerging area
of interest in women's sexuality,

* to determine the instance of use of sexual aids and devices,

* to identify women's attitudes toward such aids and devices and their
role in overall health and well-being.

Here are some of the study's findings:

...approximately 75 percent of women purchase sexual aids and devices
at specialty stores, although an increasing number of women are opting
for the privacy and safety offered by Web-based stores.

The study found that top reasons women purchase sensual products
online were:

* Anonymity - 80 percent (of respondents)
* Convenience - 75 percent Less
* Embarrassing - 71 percent
* Ability to Take One's Time - 64 percent Larger
* Selection - 42 percent

I have a couple of sex toys that I like very much. One is a Rabbit Pearl
vibrator, which I like to use all the time. I have another one that is
inserted into the vagina. It's best to use that one with a condom so that
you don't pull the cord out. I bought some Kama Sutra massage cream
for my husband for Valentine's Day, and it's very nice. It smells like mint
and menthol.

Dr. Laura Berman, who is director of the Berman Center in Chicago,
says that many women don't know what kind of sexual aid and device is
right for them. Many women also don't know where to find them or how
to use them. One great place in Chicago to find sexual aids and devices
is The Honeysuckle Shop, own by blogger Flea from One Good Thing.
There are lots of web site that sell sex toys in case you don't find what
you're looking for at The Honeysuckle Shop, but Flea is sure you have
what you need.

Of course, the Bible Belt states don't think that sex toys are a good thing.
South Carolina is on the verge of banning the sale of sex toys. Rep.
Ralph Davenport of Boiling Springs, South Carolina has proposed
House Bill 4830. It would ban the sale of sex toys. If you are convicted of
selling some horny woman a Rabbit Pearl, you could get up to five years
in prison and a $10,000 fine. The House Bill would "make it a felony to
sell devices used primarily for sexual stimulation and allow law
enforcement to seize sex toys from raided businesses."

I wonder what police officers intend to do with those confiscated sex
toys? Use them on each other?

South Carolina doesn't want anyone to have any fun. The bill describes
the sale of sex toys as "prurient interest in sex", as if sex is a bad thing.

Alabama refused to hear a case that would challenge the states ban
which "prohibited the distribution of 'any device designed or marketed
as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.'" The
punishment for a first offense? A year in jail or a $10,000 fine. The bill
did allow for the sale of sex toys and body massagers if their use was
"for a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or
law enforcement purpose." I wonder how many people tried to pass off
their butt plugs as a medical necessity?

Here are some details on the Alabama case and the law:

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a constitutional challenge
to an Alabama law that makes it a crime to sell sex toys. The high court
refused to hear an appeal by a group of individuals who regularly use
sexual devices and by two vendors who argued the case raised
important issues about the scope of the constitutional right to sexual
privacy.

The law prohibited the distribution of 'any device designed or marketed
as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.'
First-time violators can face a fine of up to $10,000 and as much as one
year in jail.

The law, adopted in 1998, allowed the sale of ordinary vibrators and
body massagers that are not designed or marketed primarily as sexual
aids. It exempted sales of sexual devices "for a bona fide medical,
scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose."
I'd love to see how a pair of plush handcuffs would serve law
enforcement purposes.

Other states with bans are Georgia and Texas. Remind me never to
move to Georgia or Texas.

Sources:

"
The Health Benefits of Sexual Aids & Devices: A Comprehensive Study
of their Relationship to Satisfaction and Quality of Life"


The Honeysuckle Shop
http://www.honeysuckleshop.com/


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Elizabeth Black leads a
peaceful life on the
Massachusetts coast,
next to the ocean. She
has written many erotic
short stories. Her
stories have been
published in Xodtica,
Scarlet Magazine, and
Emerging Women
Writers. She lives in a
two-hundred year old
house that she sadly
admits is not haunted.
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is owned by six cats. lol
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