Happy 2018 everyone! Bring out the celebration .GIF!
I hope you achieved everything you wanted to last year and that you’ve got some big plans for this year (whether they were set for Jan 1st or not).
I’ve got a few hopes and dreams myself. Here are just a few:
- Maintain a high level on content (and content quality) on this site.
- Increase my social media presence (because I love nattering to you guys!)
- Speak at more events (find my current ones here).
- Improve my grammar.
- Become a proactive activism for veganism and sexual health.
- Get swole (okay, I’ll be a bit more objective: Learn how to do chin & pull ups).
But, in additional to personal wishes, there are a few things I’d like to see in the sex toy industry too.
You may have noticed that in 2017 I didn’t do a top toys list. Part of that is because, with daily posts, it would have been a mammoth task beyond comprehension, but that wasn’t the main reason.
Increasingly I’ve been feeling that people’s sexual identity, sexual preference, and how they use and experience sex toys is so incredibly diverse that to act as if I can compile an ultimate must-have list was just disingenuous to how I believe people should approach toys: That being with a sense of sexual self-assurance which is supplemented (but not replaced) by the opinion I share in my review, rather than dictated by it.
In short, I’d much rather you take each product (and each of my products reviews) on their own terms…even if it means I’m probably less marketable SEO-wise.
Much like any of you, have my own sense of sexual assurance and knowledge which is continually growing and changing.
Take size-queening, for instance. A while ago a shrunk away from anything larger that 1.9 inches in diameter, then I started to actively overcome that threshold and ravenously welcome larger challenges (with lots of lube, naturally). Now I’m indifferent to size and much more concerned with finding shapes that I like, plus I typically insert toys without water-based lube now, which was literally unfathomable until about September of this year. And that’s just one aspect of my sex life.
It’s this unique position that I (and all of us) hold when it comes to toys that has informed what I’m hoping for as the 2018 sex tech starts to roll out. What will arrive this year? How can it possibly top a self-shape dildo or the extensive expansion of VR porn? Only the sex gods know. Buuut, as a fun little way to ease into 2018 nice and gentle I thought I’d share with you my personal top hopes for what’s to come.
Let me know if any of them sound good to you to!
#1 More Focus On Communication & Interaction
I will hold my hands up right now and confess to being a shameless nerd when it comes to all kinds of technology, so I’ve followed the VR adult scene with extreme enthusiasm.
As time goes on VR in general will be growing rapidly (because, let’s face it, gamers are a formidable force) and thus so will the potential for increased in VR sex tech.
I would love to see situations in which two people can put on their VR devices, get their chosen sex tech ready (of which, the selection will hopefully expand), and experience a full 3D interactive sexual experience, with high definition offered as standard.
But, beyond this, I really hope that the sex toy industry continues to move beyond the outdated notion of toys as a replacement boyfriend, or a sexual surrogate, and increase marketing and design efforts to allow people of all kinds, in all types or relationship (including with themselves), to reach out and create tangible, meaningful connections.
Anyone who is part of the sex toy community already knows that this is what adult products are really capable of, so let’s monopolize on that.
This is the communication age, after all.
#2 More Affordable Bodysafe Options
I remember once I was talking to a very big adult retailer and vehemently pushing for body-safe sex toys. In principle they agreed with me but, in practice, they explained that stocking only body-safe options wasn’t financially viable for them, due to the increased cost of manufacturing these products.
Now you can get silicone sex toys for over half the price that I saw most of them when I first entered the adult review scene, and that was only 5 or 6 years ago!
It seems like there are new silicone, glass, ABS plastic, or metal toys being released at budget prices every single day, and this is incredibly exciting to me.
Sure, some of them are knock-offs or basically just a single model rebranded and then stocked by multiple retailers, but better that then that exact same thing happening with TPR/TPE, rubber, cyberskin, or jelly toys (which typically used to be the case).
Big changes happen in small steps and we’ve made some solid small steps in 2017. I couldn’t possibly predict where this new trend will go, but I’m excited to be along for the journey.
#3 More Ethical Products & Companies
The above ambition for body-safe toys is a realistic and tempered hope of mine. The overall dream would be for more products and companies to embrace veganism, sustainability, self-love, sex positivity, and sexual activism.
Adult products address and cater towards one of the most intimate aspects of our lives and address an area of human desire that has been historically ridiculed, suppressed, and intersected with so many other complex social, cultural, and political issues.
Responsible companies and creators shouldn’t just be aware of this, but should be active influencers in the move towards change where needed and celebration where victories have already been won.
At least that’s my opinion, and I will always support and champion the companies/creators that share it with me.
Together change is possible. I strongly believe that.
#4 More High Quality Wand Vibrators
I mean, c’mon…of course.
#5 A Move Towards Gender Inclusive Products
We’ve got so many design options for cis-sexual, monogamous, gender-typical individuals and, although these products can be used by anyone, the marketing and design of them can sometimes be limited or a point of penalization or even shame.
As this year rolls on I’d love to see more creators take up the challenge of producing toys that serve as an open invitation for anyone to play, complete with gender inclusive marketing that promoted exploration for all individuals.
I say gender inclusive because I’m not an absurdist – I don’t believe that we need to be completely neutral when it comes to gender in order to achieve success. To be honest, I’d rather include and encourage all genders as opposed to devaluing the notion of gender and what it means to people (which can be a heck of a lot). This goes for everything too: Gender, sexuality, relationship preferences, identity politics, all of the good stuff.
…Okay, so maybe this is a bit of a pipe dream, but it’s one I’d still see companies/creators love to take up. And, if you do, then don’t hesitate to send an email my way because you can bet your ass I want to review what you’ve got to offer.
And That’s All For Now!
What are your personal hopes for 2018’s sexual developments? Are you doing any activism? Compiling a wishlist? Perhaps you already have one!
Whatever your thoughts please do share them with me, and don’t forget to embrace the skin you’re in (and perhaps apply a little buzz to that skin from time-to-time).