The Ins and Outs of Sex Toys

When it comes to sex, the once very private conservation is becoming more and more socially acceptable in the public environment. From the best sex positions to how to enhance the bedroom experience, pillow talk is moving out of the bedroom and into the public eye.

While not everyone is comfortable talking about the subject there are many that are absolutely intrigued by these topics. One of the most talked about sex topics is sex toys. These crazy little gadgets, costumes and playful additions to your bedroom experience are becoming so popular that there are stores dedicated to selling these types of products both in public at a storefront and online. There are also many direct sales companies that do home parties allowing fun, intimate girl’s night out!

Whether it is male sex toys or female toys, no gender or sexuality is left out of the fun and games if you know what to look for and what is available. Here are some of the most popular toys and gadgets used to enhance sexual pleasure.

Feel the Shake

One of the most popular of sex toys that couples and individuals use is the vibrator. This toy is used to stimulate your sweet spots through mechanical vibrations that range in intensity. Vibrators can be used in a variety of different ways and come in many different styles that work for both men and women.

The most popular for ladies are those vibrators that are used to stimulate the clitoris or the internal walls of the vagina. These two locations are important in that some women orgasm through clitoral stimulation while others need the internal g-spot tickled. Vibrators are a staple of the female sex toys line and chances are you know someone who uses one frequently, even if they don’t reveal this little secret.

Tie Me Up

For many men and women, sexuality and a thriving sex life are tied to fantasy and role playing. Among the most popular of these scenarios of escape is bondage or BDSM. In this scenario, one or more partners take on a dominant role while the other is more submissive. The depth and intensity of the playing varies based upon the needs and wants of the partners involved. The toys used in this type of sexual play can be very diverse ranging from strap-ons to vibrators to dildos to butt beads and even sex swings, gags and blindfolds.

Bondage toys include items such as whips, chains, handcuffs, and masks among others depending on the roles you are playing. Fetish Fantasy is one of the top brands in this genre of BDSM collectibles and offers both male sex toys and sex toys for females as well.

Enhancement Additions

There are times in the bedroom when it becomes necessary or wanted to bring in what is missing. Whether it is a new partner or a new outfit, these additions can provide spice to an already existing relationship. The same approach can also be applied to enhancement toys as well. Strap on dildos and those that are utilized manually are two of the most popular that are purchased. While a strap on is a dildo that is affixed to the body for penetration, a dildo tends to be made to be attached to a flat surface or free to be moved about as necessary. These can be great for both gay and lesbian or straight couples and can bring about a new sensation or feeling of excitement into a sexual relationship. Fetish Fantasy and COLT are two brands that stand out as top leaders in this genre of sex toy and may be the missing spice your sex life wants.

Understanding Occupational Therapy

Much of what we know about proper practices and methodology in the world of occupational therapy is advanced by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). AOTA establishes the guidelines for practitioners in the United States. It publishes these guidelines, as well as general information about the practice, in their publication “Framework: Domain and Process.”

The most recent edition, the third edition, was released in 2008. The Framework is a guide for practitioners to assess patients’ needs and help them find better solutions to achieving their goals. It provides the structure for this assessment in three basic steps: Evaluation, Intervention, and Targeting of Outcomes.

Understanding the Framework will allow you to get the most out of your relationship with your medical professional and your treatment. By equipping yourself within the Framework, you can better achieve your goals.

Evaluation

Evaluation is the first part of the discovery process. On paper, the evaluation portion consists of finding out what a patient has done and is able to do. Your practitioner will want to find out what sorts of jobs you’ve held in the past, how you were able to perform those jobs, and whether or not your environment, coworkers, own work ethics, or outside factors contributed to your success or failure at that job. Your doctor might speak to you, people you’ve worked with, or family members to get a clearer picture of what is going to be suitable for you as a worker.

Intervention

According to the AOTA’s Framework, intervention is a collaborative process. After the interviews, you and your practitioner will work together to devise a plan that utilizes your personal strengths in the job market. Part of this plan is finding a compromise between your personal goals and the practical applications of this plan.

Intervention is an attempt to change some habit or action that previously kept you from success. Identifying unwanted or non-vital habits and replacing them with more desirable habits in a safe environment with lots of outside support helps increase the chances that these habits will be maintained as you move into the workforce.

Targeting of Outcomes

Occupational therapy acknowledges that adjusting to the workforce is an ongoing process. It might take multiple plans, or multiple attempts, before the original goals of the practitioner and client are met. This section of the Framework is meant to allow the doctor and patient to modify their approach and change any aspects of the evaluation or intervention plan.

For some people, occupational therapy is a single interaction between client and practitioner that creates a habit. For others, it is the beginning of a lifelong process, with doctor and patient constantly working in tandem to achieve ever-changing goals. In either situation, the hard work of both the specialist and patient leads to success. An understanding of this relationship can help navigate the varied decision-making involved in the day-to-day practice of occupational therapy. The Framework highlights the value of this relationship and can be a useful tool.

Want to Be a Sex Toy Tester?

First off, the chances of making this a high paying career are remote. Also, it is work. There may be times where you simply don’t feel like pleasuring yourself, but finishing the job and being a professional are essentials for success.

If you are amenable to a little hard work and a lot of fun, here are some tips to becoming a sex toy tester.

Create a sex blog

Create a sex blog and generate a following. When you achieve these goals, contact the sellers/manufacturers of your choice and refer them your website. Many erotic shops will be happy to provide test samples of new products for you to review. They generate buzz about the sex toy by submitting them to sex blog owners and you generate a list of potential customers for their product. The best news of all, you get to keep your sexual aid.

Look in classifieds, forums, social sites and search engines

Sex toy companies are always looking for people to test the myriad of gadgets they receive from toy manufactures to separate the magnificent from the mundane. The larger the sample size the more accurate the overall review of the product. An accurate review of a great product garners a very happy customer base and more repeat business. These are the reasons why many toy sellers actively recruit for volunteers over the Internet. Many companies will place ads in classifieds (like craigslist) or make calls for volunteers through their websites, forums and social websites.

Performing a simple search will net you thousands of hits. Many links will be outdated, so it’s a good idea to narrow your search to the current year.

Apply for a job at a sex toy company

Keep an eye out for open positions. Many companies have their employees test new products. Consider it a perk. Obviously you will need marketable nonsexual skills to consider this option.

Ask

Show initiative. Contact sex toy companies and convince them that they would benefit from your services. Do some research regarding sex toys and the sex toy industry. Make sound, logical arguments about the benefits of sex toy testing and how it could benefit their company and back those arguments with numbers if possible. Again, a professional approach goes a long way.

Possible health issues

Most professions don’t come without a certain set of dangers. Injuries can occur when performing even the most mundane job (repetitive stress injury anyone?), and sex aid testing is no different. So… what are the potential issues?

Possible toxicity
Phthalates, which are banned in children’s toys, can make up for more than 50% of some of the most popular sex toys. Phthalates are used to soften plastic and make it more malleable and are some of the most commonly used substances in manufacturing. In large doses, Phthalates are considered carcinogenic and have caused birth defects in mice.

Possibility of injury
Yes, you can hurt yourself. Over stimulating your clitoris can lead to lead to a condition called “vibratory strain injury” which is a form of repetitive stress injury. Male sex aids that constrict blood flow (i.e. penis rings) can cause “penile strangulation”. It’s also smart to be mindful of the size of the device and where you’re sticking it. Very large sex toys can tear tissue and membrane in the vagina and anus. Smaller toys, like vibrating eggs can get “lost”, especially in the anus. When that occurs, it will most likely need to be retrieved by the emergency room doctor.
Another issue, the items can break and lodge in an orifice while in use. An issue that will always garner a poor review.

The good news? There is a (very) high satisfaction rate among testers.