5 Reasons to invest in quality sex toys. You deserve it!
In a culture which shames sexual pleasure and “extravagant” expenditures (especially for women), it’s easy to feel like sex toys aren’t worth droppin’ dough on. Too often, pleasure objects fall to the bottom of our to-buy list, beneath other items both essential and non-essential.
But if you’ve got some money burning a hole in your pocket (cash and gift cards from the holidays, anyone?), a top-quality sex toy is a worthy use for it, for so many reasons. Here are a few of them...
Body-safe materials are worth paying for.
Cheap, mass-produced sex toys are often made of materials like jelly, rubber, PVC, and CyberSkin. These are porous, meaning that microscopic holes in the material cling onto bacteria even when the surface of the toy has been washed. Not only can you transmit STIs from partner to partner this way, but you can also infect and re-infect yourself with bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and other sexual health issues if you use porous toys.
These cheap products are also likely to contain phthalates, a type of chemical softener so toxic that the European Union banned them from all products. Phthalates have been linked to several serious health problems, from disruptions in the reproductive system to asthma to cancer. Body-safe materials – pure silicone, stainless steel, glass, hard plastic, aluminum, glazed ceramic, and wood with a medical-grade finish – are pricier than toxic options, but they’re well worth the safety and peace of mind they offer.
High-quality toys perform better.
This is a generalization rather than a hard-and-fast rule, as there are certainly inexpensive toys that far outperform what their price point would indicate. But for the most part, when it comes to sex toys, you get what you pay for.
For example, vibrators that run on disposable batteries typically have a weaker, buzzier motor than their rechargeable or electric counterparts. If you have trouble getting off from a cheap bullet vibe, upgrading to a toy with a more robust motor might well solve your problem!
High-quality toys last longer.
Cheap toys are far likelier to fall apart or break down before you’re ready to part with them. Porous materials aren’t as durable as nonporous ones, and low-end motors aren’t made to last.
Cheap toys can ruin your orgasm if they break at an inopportune moment, and they can also ruin your finances: you’ll spend far more replacing a cheap vibe several times than you would if you invested in a better one to begin with. Not to mention, all those cheap toys end up in a landfill somewhere when they break (unless you recycle them), potentially leaching their toxic chemicals into the surrounding ground and water. If you can afford to buy a longer-lasting toy, it’ll be better in the long-term for your pleasure, your wallet, and the environment!
What you spend more on, you’re likelier to use more often.
Sex toys aren’t like the “good china” you reserve for special occasions: when you invest in a top-quality toy, you feel motivated to use it as much as possible!
Sexual pleasure can fall by the wayside for many of us, pushed onto the backburner by the stresses of work, family, and just everyday life. A gorgeous sex toy sparkling on your nightstand can be a reminder to take a pleasure break, when you need one – or just when you want one!
You deserve luxury.
It’s easy to internalize cultural shame around sex and masturbation, and to start believing your pleasure doesn’t matter. But it does. The joy and decompression provided by sexual pleasure can fuel you in other areas of your life, and can help heal some of the pain and tension we all amass as we move through the world. Like any other mode of self-care, masturbation can be powerful, transformative, and even political. And if buying fancy sex toys makes that process easier, more joyful, and more highly prioritized for you, then it’s worth doing.