Ladies, Embrace Your Vibrator

The other day I was walking down the isles at Walgreen’s, picking up the usual – hair products, lotion, vitamins, etc. – and what do I stumble upon in the store?! Vibrators.

That’s right, you heard me correctly – vibrators. Tucked in right between a neck massager and some neat device that is used to heat up oils in order to make your room smell nice.

Vibrators!

Although vibrators may not seem all that taboo (especially to those who are avid readers of MSP!), I still think many people would be a bit surprised to find them of the shelves of a Walgreen’s.

This occurrence made me think of a piece I read a while back in The Journal Gazette which discussed the stigma fading around vibrators and those who own them.

The article stated that a “study conducted in 2008 by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University reports that more than 50 percent of women in the United States have used a vibrator, proof that a once-taboo sex toy has evolved into commonplace consumer product.” (This study, by the way, was conducted by our own Dr. Debby Herbenick and her research team at Indiana University.)

That statistic brought a smile to my face.

It took me back to last fall when I was able to write a sex toy review for MSP about the MyPleasure Pocket Rocket. I remember when I first received the toy in the mail, I received so many giggles and gasps from my roommates it was unbelievable.

I feel a common theme among women is, although many may be comfortable discussing their sex lives – it’s a bit more difficult for people to open up about masturbation.

I could be wrong – maybe it was just my group of gals and their lack of desire to “go solo”, or maybe it is something that women (in time) will open up about; but once thing I know for sure is, the stats clearly show it – vibrators are in.

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About Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller

Madeline Haller is an Assistant Editor for MensHealth.com. Haller received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University, with a second concentration in gender studies. When she's not writing for MSP/MH, you can find her running, enjoying a cup of coffee, or searching for the perfect shade of red lipstick.