“After all, if sex-negativity is the idea that sex is bad (generally, unless it’s redeemed by heterosexual, monogamous relationships/marriage, usually with the possibility/intention of having children), then a lot of people jump to the conclusion that sex-positivity is the idea that sex is good. But sex is neither good or bad- it’s all in how each person experiences any particular sexual practice or event. The meaning of sex resides in the individuals, rather than in the act itself.”—Sex-Positivity and Asexuality: Bringing Them Together | Charlie Glickman (via sexisnottheenemy)
A wonderfully informative article discussing the move towards branding sex toys as “sexual health devices”. Historically, sex toys have been branded or labeled as “massager” or “adult novelty”. Changing the label will legitimize sex toys as a beneficial tool in maintaining a healthy sex life.
The packaging on toys in adult toy shops in my local area all have a small disclaimer: “For novelty use only” or something similar. This means the manufacturers are suggesting that you refrain from actually using the product as intended. I believe it is actually required, legally, by my home state, for all sex toy packages to contain this disclaimer. My local government doesn’t want people actually using these devices! I look forward to the day when I can go to my local sex shop and see instructions and safety information on packaging rather than a suggestion that the product contained within is meant to be used only as a gag-gift.
One important consideration that this article fails to mention is the possibility that this change could bring to light the issue of toxic chemicals used to manufacture some sex toys. By labeling sex toys as novelties, manufacturers reduce the risk of being blamed when chemicals leech from their product into a person’s body and causes harm. They told us it wasn’t meant for actual use - only as a novelty! I hope that as manufacturers and retailers begin to rebrand their products with actual use in mind, consumers will become more critical about what they put on and in their bodies, holding manufacturers liable.
“I’ve been looking around the interwebz and through my stacks of porn DVDs (which, as I’m a porn reviewer and journalist, are extensive), and it turns out that, in the world of sexual imagery, the Woman’s POV, as we’re discussing it on this website, is virtually nonexistent. Even after watching porn professionally for years, working my way through a mind-boggling array of genres, I can honestly say that I have never once encountered a sex scene filmed from the Woman’s POV… It seems unthinkable that literally half of the world’s experience of sex has gone mostly undocumented.”—Lynsey’s Search for POV (via The Woman’s POV)