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Homemade Sex Toys

By April 29, 2011

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One of the first emails I received after starting as the About.com Guide for sexuality was from someone looking for homemade sex toy recipes. I had spent years working in sex stores, and most of my DIY sex toy knowledge came from customers coming in to show off how they fixed their vibrator, or what they did to their dildo to make it perfect for them. One of my co-workers used to buy huge dildos and then carve them down to the perfect shape and size for her (simply putting a condom over it to make it perfectly safe and functional for years of use.

When I began exploring the world of online homemade sex toy advice I was immediately reminded of how Brenda Brathwaite, the author of Sex in Video Games, characterized the world of sex and gender in video games. She often bemoaned how video game designers bring only their most simplistic, least thought out ideas about sex and gender to the creation of video games, resulting in disappointing, narrow minded, and sometimes just plain offense games which could have been so much more.

That's how I feel about a lot of the homemade sex toy videos and articles one finds online. So many seem like just another opportunity to encourage the worst stereotypes of sexuality and gender. Every sex toy for men is a masturbator for lonely guys. Every dildo is going to drive her wild. So many of the people making these videos seem, inexplicably, to be laughing at their intended audience.

One might see this as sexual immaturity. I can't help but see it as sexual shame. Fortunately, there are exceptions to the rule. In theory homemade sex toys are about celebrating creativity and ingenuity, and producing pleasure on our own terms. This can happen in practice too. With that in mind I've done some weeding out and offer a few tips of my own and links to some of the better homemade sex toy resources.

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