Introducing Cosmo’s new YouTube series, How to Sex Toy, hosted by yours truly. I’m on a mission to help everyone live a healthier, more pleasurable life—possibly with electronic assistance.
It’s been over 20 years since the iconic Rabbit episode of Sex and the City made sex toys an acceptable subject for polite conversation—in theory, at least. The truth is that even though there are more sex toy reviewers, queer-inclusive sex shops, and pleasure-based sex educators than ever before, most people still struggle to talk openly about sex, even with their sexual partners.
That culture of shame isn’t just a problem for the ultra-liberated Samanthas of the world. Statistics and common sense both show that bad sex ed leads to poor sexual health, and lack of knowledge (or straight-up misinformation) about sex can have lifelong impacts. Knowing how your body works is the first step towards having the sex life of your dreams, you guys!
I’ve been teaching sex ed for over a decade. Whether it’s showing middle schoolers how to put condoms on bananas, or talking about getting kinky with people old enough to be my grandparents, nothing fazes me anymore. And actually, one of the things I love most about my job is that simply by being accepting, I get to help people have important conversations about their desires, conversations they’ve been avoiding or struggling with for years.
So when the producers at Cosmo asked me to host their new YouTube series about sex toys, I was totally game. And when they handed me a microphone and told me to ask strangers on the streets of Manhattan questions about masturbation, I didn’t flinch. When you’ve worked sixth grade classrooms as long as I have, these convos just don’t feel awkward anymore.
In How to Sex Toy, I’ll be demystifying and de-stigmatizing toys for all kinds of bodies and preferences—internal and external toys, toys for vaginas, toys for penises, high-tech toys and your classic old-school options.
You can treat this series as a much-needed guide to all that good stuff. Because here’s the unfortunate reality: the sex toy industry is extremely poorly regulated. I’ve worked in my fair share of sex shops and I’ve…seen some things. Retailers that resell returned items—yep, even used ones. Companies that sell toys and lubricants made of materials that aren’t body-safe. Sure, certain sex shops train their staff as professional sex educators and choose to carry only body-safe products, but others, well, don’t.
So it’s time to dip a toe into the great wide world of sex toys, and watch the first episode in our new series above.
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