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Male Sex Toys

An Overview of Male Sex Toys


Male Sex Toys

If all you knew about male sexuality was what you learned from male sex toys, you’d think men were a sorry bunch. There have been penis rings, pumps, and sleeves for as long as sex toys have been around, but somehow making male sex toys to celebrate sexual pleasure (as opposed to fix a problem or correct a deficit) is just beginning to catch on among forward-thinking sex toy manufacturers.

It's important to remember that anatomy is not gender, not all men have the same body parts, and certainly not everyone who enjoys male sex toys will necessarily identify as a man.

A better way to understand this category of sex toys is to think about the function of the toy, not who it’s marketed to. If you’re trying to find your way around the world of male sex toys, the breakdown below may help.

Penis Rings

Penis rings are more commonly thought of as devices that assist in maintaining an erection than as sex toys. It’s true that the right kind of penis ring can help you prolong an erection. But penis rings can offer a world of pleasurable sensations, too. By changing the way your erection feels, a penis ring not only changes how sex play feels, but it heightens your awareness of your body when you are turned on. Some people also use penis rings as body adornment.

Vibrators for Men

Any vibrator designed for external stimulation can be used by a man, and many men love the strong, consistent buzz a vibrator can provide. Vibrators designed specifically for men usually attach to the penis by a ring or straps (essentially a vibrating penis ring). These can be fun and are conveniently hands-free. Men will enjoy these most if the vibrator is face down, stimulating the scrotum; they can also be worn with the vibrator on top to provide stimulation for a partner during penetration. The drawback to vibrating rings is that they usually lack the power men need. Hand-held electric or rechargeable vibrators are more likely to deliver the strong vibrations that will get a man over the top.

Penis Pumps

Putting aside the false claims about permanently increasing penis size, penis pumps are enjoyed as a sex toy by men, mostly for masturbation. When a penis is in a pump and the pump is activated, the sensation is one of pressure and suction; the tightness around the opening of the pump is pleasurable for some men. Penis pumps are definitely an acquired taste, but with models available for as little as $20 and options that come with vibration, they can be another fun toy to try. Just remember that they don’t permanently enlarge anything other than the wallets of penis pump manufacturers.

Sleeves and “Masturbators”

Another type of male sex toy is sometimes called a penis sleeve or a “masturbator.” Calling it a masturbator is a bit of a misnomer, as many couples include these toys in their partner play. There are thousands of variations on the penis sleeve, but most share a common design. They are tubular in shape with an opening for the penis. There may be bumps or grooves inside the sleeve, as well as features such as vibration, suction, or even motors that move up and down. Some sleeves are open-ended (which, incidentally, makes them much easier to clean.) Some are much shorter than the penis, while others are longer. A major difference between sleeves is the material they're made of. Material differs in durability, density, and overall feel. There is no “best” material, but one that allows you to feel pressure applied from the outside of the sleeve is recommended.

The Fleshlight

The Fleshlight falls into the previous category of penis sleeves, but it is such a unique product that it deserves a category of its own. (Plus, they’ve come up with so many variations that it’s more than a single product.) The Fleshlight is the most durable and softest male sex toy on the market. Made of unique material that’s yet to be duplicated, The Fleshlight creates an enveloping feeling, and the models with ridges and bumps can provide intense stimulation at the same time. The Fleshlight isn’t just available in a faux female genitals look, which is appreciated. It has non-descript openings, as well as a vulva, mouth, anus, and bum. This pick is much more expensive than any other male sex toy, but it's well worth the cost for the male sex toy aficionado.

Anal Toys

While it must be said that anal play is not necessary for a happy and hot sex life, the fact remains that for men, as for women, the anus is a site of tremendous pleasure potential due to it’s sensitivity to pressure and concentration of nerve endings. For any man who wants to explore anal play, there are a host of great toys designed to be safe. There are three types of anal toys which are each used for a different kind of anal play: butt plugs, anal beads, and anal dildos. Additionally, a few companies have begun making toys specifically designed for prostate stimulation. The first on the market, and still the best known, is the Aneros line of male prostate massagers.
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