There are many definitions of sex toys, and experts still haven’t found a consensual, uniformed phrase that describes these devices or objects. Although, most textbooks do agree on the idea that an adult toy is basically any object that is used to provide or enhance sexual pleasure, and several others claim that sex toys are anything that is used in some form of sex play but what is not a part of ones body. One way or the other, they are something that is becoming more and more popular, and with the rise of internet technologies and availability of online stores the market for adult entertainment is constantly growing.
Historically, sex toys go a long way back and the first ones were used even in Paleolithic era. The first written evidence of the existence and usage of this type of toys comes from ancient Greece where the first dildos were called olisbos. Other civilizations and ethnic groups have used various kinds of sexual enhancers in their intercourses, and majority of evidence comes from China, India or ancient Egypt.
Through the years adult toys have been developed and constantly upgraded. Originally used from materials that could be found in nature, like wood, stone, animal bone or horns, these days they are made from various hi-tech materials, such as Cyber Skin (thermal plastic), latex rubber and silicone.
There are also different types of sex toys, in terms of shapes and sizes, and they basically come in various colors, with various functions and various designs. Some people would say that it is hard to distinguish certain types of toys and draw a clear line between them (for example what is the difference between a dildo, a vibrator and a butt plug?) but generally they are divided in these groups:
- Vibrators: electrically-powered toy with a motor that creates vibrations which are used to stimulate genitalia (anal vibrators, bullet vibrators, G-spot or rabbit vibrators)
Dildos: usually designed in the shape of a phallus and made out of silicon or glass this toy used for penetration only moves as much you move it yourself, since it doesn’t have any motor (standard, double penetration or strap-on dildo)
- Anal toys: essentially dildos with a slight change in design which allows safe extraction of the toys from the anal cavity (anal beads; but plugs)
- Penis rings: rings that are worn around the base of the penis to provide additional stimulation for the wearer (and also for the female partner if they are equipped with a vibrator for clitoral stimulation). Supposedly can enhance performance by prolonging erection.
- Lubrication: very important for almost any type of penetrating sex toys, since they provide easier insertion and extraction of the object. They also make genitalia more sensitive and the whole experience much more comfortable.
There are of course many more different types of adult toys, but these are the most popular and the ones that people generally use the most. The whole industry is massive and it is estimated that only in US people spend over $15 billion per year on acquiring sex toys. The market is booming and since people are not likely to stop having sex in the near future (or ever!), it looks like more and toys are going to be used all over the world.