All About Vibrating Sex Toys

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Not all vibrating toys are made the same. There are thousands of vibrators to choose from each one offering something unique for every user. These toys can be made of metal, plastic or silicone just to name a few. Some styles have remotes (both wired and wireless) for easy and convenient use. Some are battery operated while others are rechargeable. Not sure where to start? No problem! Here’s the insider scoop of these vibrating wonders.

Vibration Types
Let’s start with vibration types. There are basically two different kinds of vibration types when it comes to sex toys. There is a high-pitch buzzy vibration, and a low-pitch deep rumbly vibration. And while some people are able to be stimulated by both, some people will find that they have a strong preference for one or the other.

Anal Vibrators
Any vibrator can be used anally as long as it has a flared base (without a base, without a trace!), though there is an entire category of vibrators dedicated solely for anal use. These range from handheld prostate massagers (typically with a curved tip) to anal plugs equipped with a bullet vibrator at the base, and the one thing they have in common is their wide base. It’s generally recommended to opt for premium non-porous materials, like platinum silicone, when choosing an anal vibrator. Keep in mind that it’s not recommended to use silicone lube with silicone toys. Instead, try a thick gel formula water-based lubricant to feel what all the buzz is about.

Clitoral Vibrators
Clitoral vibrators come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are intended for clitoral stimulation, either direct or more of a surround-sound sensation. There are many faces to these vibrators: some emulate the sensation of cunnilingus (licking or sucking) while others have textured tips or attachments for a variety of sensations and intensities. There are bullets and egg style vibrators that are small but very mighty. These are perfect for holding against the clitoris during intercourse without getting in the way.

Wand Vibrating Massagers
Designed for those who prefer more power in their vibrators, these large handheld massagers typically have a large bulbous head with a wide surface area, made for external use only. Want to enjoy the intense power internally? The bulbous head can accommodate several different attachments, including smaller curved extensions for anal play or multiple insertion/stimulation points for simultaneous clitoral/vaginal pleasure or even emulate the sensation of double penetration. Choose from plug-in corded options (steady, unfaltering power) or more wieldy cordless rechargeable options (just don’t forget to plug it in between uses!). An added bonus of this powerful massagers is that they can be used for a therapeutic full body massage.

G-Spot Vibrators
G-spot vibrators are popular because they can provide firm, steady pressure or vibration against this sensitive spot and give our hands and fingers a rest (and leave them available for other fun stuff). They typically are curved upward (like that “come hither” finger shape) for easier contact and available in a variety of materials, from silicone to firm ABS plastic, depending on the desired sensation. Some people can ejaculate from steady G-spot massage and opt for firmer materials.

P-Spot Vibrators
People with penises have prostates, and prostate vibrators are specially shaped to make access and stimulation easier than relying on fingers. These kinds of vibrators must have a base in order to be safe to use in the anus (without a base, without a trace!) and come in a variety of materials. While some flared bases are smooth, others are textured for additional stimulation against the perineum. Prostate massage isn’t for everyone, and like with G-spot massage, the only way to know is to try it and see. Many people enjoy prostate massage because it intensifies pleasure, and some report increased volume of ejaculate and firmer erections while stimulating their P-spot. As with all toys that go in butts, it’s recommended to invest in a non-porous material that can be sterilized and start small to get used to the sensation – you can always level up when you feel ready!

Rabbit Vibrators
A rabbit vibrator is a dual-stimulation toy, usually featuring a phallic insertable shaft equipped with a clitoral vibrator that can be enjoyed separately or simultaneously. The famous “rabbit” descriptor
comes from the signature bunny-ear-like clitoral ticklers that many original dual-stimulation vibrators featured, but most modern rabbit vibes no longer utilize these bunny-like features. The shaft can feature a variety of functions, from steady vibration to twirling, rotating, thrusting, or even curling upwards against the G-spot. The clitoral stimulator also come with features, including steady vibration or pulsation, suction, or rotation. When used at the same time, users tend to have fast and powerful orgasms with minimal effort, which is why they’re so popular. Dual-stim vibrators come in different shapes and lengths and are one size fits most, so it’s possible it may take a few tries to find the dual-stim massager that fits and feels the best.

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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