“Best invention, second to the dishwasher”: Vibrators and sexual pleasure

  title={“Best invention, second to the dishwasher”: Vibrators and sexual pleasure},
  author={Dennis Waskul and Michelle Anklan},
  pages={849 - 875}
This study examines how people learn about vibrators, their attitudes toward them, fears or hesitations about acquiring and/or using one, and the significance of vibrators to participants’ sexualities. Based on 78–147 responses to an online open-ended survey, participants report: primarily learning about vibrators from media and peers; their interpretations of media representations of vibrators are juxtaposed as both a tool for great pleasure and a shameful taboo; that vibrators are often… 

Toy stories: The role of vibrators in domestic intimacies

This article draws on the findings of qualitative research on the ways in which the domestication of sexual objects, such as vibrators, is central to relationships amongst (non)household members and

Symbolic vibration: A meaning-based framework for the study of vibrator consumption

This article explores the creation process and the subsequent meaning development of vibrators within a framework consisting of various theories of material culture. The conceptual scheme is based on

How Customers Evaluate Genitalia versus Torso Sex Toys on Amazon.com: A Content Analysis of Product Reviews

Sex toys are widely marketed on the Internet. Browsing for, buying, and reviewing sex toys online are popular cybersexual activities. The aim of this study was to investigate consumers’ experiences

Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of Women’s Sexual Pleasure: A Scoping Review

Age, sexual experience, arousability, body-esteem, sexual autonomy, and sexual assertiveness seem to benefit women’s sexual pleasure, while sexual compliance and a gender power imbalance seem to compromise it.

Sex Toys

  • N. Döring
  • Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender
  • 2020



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