Our Sex Positive Culture

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It is never too late to learn more about sex! The more we talk about sexual health and wellness, the less taboo it becomes.

Most people are in fact having sex or want to, but yet some people have never considered a sex toy or solo sex. Consider why this is, and when you got your first sex toy. When was the first time you masturbated or even heard the word “orgasm?” Did your parents openly talk to you about pleasure, masturbation or your anatomy? In addition to the sex talk at home (or lack thereof), think back to health class in school. This is a big part as to why this industry is so important. Every community needs a local adult store that’s focused on educating customers.

Sex education in schools should be pleasure-focused and we should teach proper anatomy and terms, gender identity and sexual orientation. Assuming that everybody is heterosexual and identify as a man or woman is simply not the case. If none of this can be taught in school or by your parents or guardians where are we to learn it from? This is another reason why quality adult stores are so important.

So, what does it mean to be sex-positive? Most would agree that that it entails accepting all consensual expressions of sexuality, nudity and kink as healthy. It encourages sexual pleasure, informed consent and advocates sex education. Sex is not shameful, taboo or unhealthy in any way, and in this industry, we have taken long strides to change with the times and be more inclusive.

Online and physical adult stores can be educators and play a vital role in getting the proper information out in our communities. After being in the adult industry for over 20 years, we at algosexy.com have noticed more people browsing our store and our colleagues’ brick and mortar stores for the first time, and reaching out online with questions. Looking back to the ‘80s or ‘90s and even the early ‘2000s most adult stores were seedy, dirty or dark and hid adult movies and mags behind curtains. Most toys back then took batteries, were made of dubious materials and boasted raunchy packaging and product names. We have come a long way and will continue to evolve as we move forward. Customers shopping for toys today are doing their research, and in the case of physical stores, looking for a safe space to feel welcomed and accepted.

Customers are not just purchasing any random toy and leaving or checking out. They are interested in the material, how it will function and feel for their bodies. We are the sex educators that they never had in school; we can change people’s lives. Understanding our own sexuality and journey is the best way to share our knowledge with others.

An estimated 5.6 percent of Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer according to a recent poll by Gallup, up from 4.5 percent in 2017 and we need to be able to service all these consumers. So how is this affecting our industry and products? There is a huge trend in shoppers seeking out more toys that are gender non-specific and that are versatile in their functions. We at algosexy.com, do our best to have products that represent this trend, meaning we should eventually refrain from gendering toys. Also, we should not assume someone’s gender, their sexual orientation or their relationship status. We should use gender-neutral packaging, banners, product images and wording to match so that we are being inclusive to everyone. Be sure to use proper terminology to not exclude anyone, because in reality a specific product can be universal to more than one gender. For example, the industry in general, have begun referring to “vagina owner” or “penis owner” instead of female or male. A lesbian does not want to purchase a product that has a picture of a male-and-female couple on the box, it just does not line up with who she is or is looking for. We need to be able to demonstrate to others that we are in fact inclusive.

Many of the manufactures we carry at algosexy.com are using same-sex partners, all body types and all skin tones more than ever before. They have done an amazing job at being inclusive and many more are redoing their packaging and taking this into consideration for new product and marketing releases. CalExotics, Nu Sensuelle, We-Vibe and Vedo are among the companies doing an impressive job with being gender-neutral and inclusive on their packaging and marketing.

U.S. LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in 2020

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Gallup’s latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT. The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup’s previous update based on 2017 data.

Currently, 86.7% of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation. Gallup’s 2012-2017 data had roughly 5% “no opinion” responses.

The latest results are based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted throughout 2020 with Americans aged 18 and older. Gallup had previously reported annual updates from its 2012-2017 daily tracking survey data, but did not routinely measure LGBT identification in 2018 or 2019.

The identity question asked in 2020 offers a greater level of detail than the question asked in previous years. Now, respondents have the ability to more precisely indicate aspects of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition to being able to identify whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight, respondents may also specifically identify whether they are transgender.

Different approaches to measuring LGBT status can produce varying estimates of its incidence in the U.S. population. Results from Gallup’s new question do appear comparable to those from its prior question. The 1.1-percentage-point increase in the 2020 estimate (using the new question) compared with the 2017 estimate (using the old question) is about what would have been predicted from the recent trends. The LGBT percentage rose an average of 0.3 points per year in 2016 and 2017. Assuming that trend continued the past three years, the total increase would have been about one percentage point.

Majority of LGBT Americans Identify as Bisexual

More than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) say they are gay, with 11.7% identifying as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender. An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving. Respondents can give multiple responses when describing their sexual identification; thus, the totals exceed 100%.

Rebasing these percentages to represent their share of the U.S. adult population finds 3.1% of Americans identifying as bisexual, 1.4% as gay, 0.7% as lesbian and 0.6% as transgender.

LGBT Identification Not Uncommon Among Younger Generations

One of the main reasons LGBT identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual. This includes about one in six adult members of Generation Z (those aged 18 to 23 in 2020).

LGBT identification is lower in each older generation, including 2% or less of Americans born before 1965 (aged 56 and older in 2020).

The vast majority of Generation Z adults who identify as LGBT — 72% — say they are bisexual. Thus, 11.5% of all Gen Z adults in the U.S. say they are bisexual, with about 2% each identifying as gay, lesbian or transgender.

About half of millennials (those aged 24 to 39 in 2020) who identify as LGBT say they are bisexual. In older age groups, expressed bisexual preference is not significantly more common than expressed gay or lesbian preference.

In addition to the pronounced generational differences, significant gender differences are seen in sexual identity, as well as differences by people’s political ideology:

  • Women are more likely than men to identify as LGBT (6.4% vs. 4.9%, respectively).
  • Women are more likely to identify as bisexual — 4.3% do, with 1.3% identifying as lesbian and 1.3% as something else. Among men, 2.5% identify as gay, 1.8% as bisexual and 0.6% as something else.
  • 13.0% of political liberals, 4.4% of moderates and 2.3% of conservatives say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
  • Differences are somewhat less pronounced by party identification than by ideology, with 8.8% of Democrats, 6.5% of independents and 1.7% of Republicans identifying as LGBT.
  • There are no meaningful educational differences — 5.6% of college graduates and 5.7% of college nongraduates are LGBT.

Bottom Line

At a time when Americans are increasingly supportive of equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people, a growing percentage of Americans identify themselves as LGBT. With younger generations far more likely than older generations to consider themselves LGBT, that growth should continue.

The pronounced generational differences raise questions about whether higher LGBT identification in younger than older Americans reflects a true shift in sexual orientation, or if it merely reflects a greater willingness of younger people to identify as LGBT. To the extent it reflects older Americans not wanting to acknowledge an LGBT orientation, the Gallup estimates may underestimate the actual population prevalence of it.

One of the biggest recent advances in LGBT rights was the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide. Gallup’s new estimates on same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships in the U.S. can be found here.

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Masturbators Rising

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In its most basic form, a masturbator is designed to combine fantasy, escape, imagination and the sensation of touch via a soft, pliable sleeve that a penis can be inserted into and stroked with. Most often designed as replicas of vulvas, as well as other orifices, masturbator designs have evolved to feature textured insides that are often artfully designed to be visually and touch exciting.

The gawky replica of a human body part made of dubious materials has long since been superseded by functional, safe and well-designed self-care items that are ergonomic and easy to hold. Some even look like a non-sexual shape futuristic space vessel, and many are designed to be durable, reusable, easy to clean, dry and store discreetly. They are less intimidating and more accessible — a huge benefit for those who have never tried, or are reluctant to use self-pleasure items. Discretion has been a continued advancement. Many strokers today can be hidden in the shower and are made to be mistaken for household items like a shampoo bottle, just in case someone was to come across it in passing.

The stigma surrounding masturbation continues to play a role in how pleasure products are designed and marketed. Sex education is the ultimate tool. One of our major goals here at algosexy.com is to eliminate the shame of masturbation products and sex in general by promoting the message of sex positivity on every product we sell. Although positive attitudes and social acceptance of sexuality and sex toys have been growing, masturbation remains a big taboo topic for many people. As such, trying out sex toys, let alone powered ones, still seems to be a big deal for many.

Most men are more likely to start with a manual stroker and progress to a powered or vibrating option. Manual strokers will get the job done, but automated toys have introduced consumers to innovative, ultra-realistic experiences through Bluetooth connectivity and immersive VR, and have made pleasure more accessible. On the other hand, traditional non-powered strokers are often more affordable and discreet, and their use may come more natural for some.

Manual solo stimulation without a toy is perhaps the most familiar to those with a penis. The hand, of course, has an ability to stimulate in a variety of ways including bilateral friction, long strokes, and squeezing, just to name a few.

In addition to introducing users to new ways to explore solo stimulation, automated masturbators can also be especially useful for those that struggle with manual stimulation, those with disabilities or other physical issues. It is worth noting that sex-tech will have the capacity to make masturbation more comfortable and accessible for people who struggled to do so before. For example, many men suffer from hand limitations relating to arthritis or long-term disability. Kiiroo’s automated products like the Keon can help relieve the pressure of a hand limitation during masturbation by automating the movements for the user.

Technology will accelerate the progression of male masturbation, male wellness, and male sexuality. Considering sexuality is already taboo in society, and some people who identify as men do not currently have a safe space or diverse conversation around sex toys, it is great that we are bringing this subject to the surface. Male sex-tech is about bringing male sex toys out of the closet or basement and into the mainstream. We need to start speaking about male sex toys more! If we continue to discuss the use of male sex toys in sex-positive contexts, then we will be able to learn more about the male body and pleasure. This can only be a good thing.”

Male sex toys have become more mainstream not just through advanced technology but also due to less raunchy marketing. The ‘de-pornification’ of male sex toy brands is helping a lot to facilitate appearances on popular websites. Plus, tt’s not about straight or gay, it’s about satisfaction. Many couples are now using male toys together, whereas before it may have been just be a guy using it by himself.

Satisfyer is aiming to give men different experiences with versatile designs like the Satisfyer Men Wand, which can even be used during fellatio to provide vibration to the shaft of the penis. It can also be used on other parts of the body like the perineal area or scrotum.

In todays day and age, with health and social ills rampant, and the mounting growing stress of daily life, it is a must for a man to be able to safely relief some of that tension with a pleasure accessory that can be realistic or non gender, manual or automated, there are plenty of options and more innovation coming to market every week.