I had the pleasure of attending the 2014 International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas, NV at the end of March. And what a pleasure it was!
ILS is kind of like summer camp for sex toy and lingerie nerds, so as you can imagine, it was entertaining, enlightening and just plain fun to go hang out with people who design and sell sex toys. My favorite part about my experience was seeing the diversity of folks who attend ILS. There were people there who looked like my mom and even my grandma, there were porn stars, there were design nerds, models and people who’ve been in the industry for years.
Another highlight from the trip was getting to meet the people who are designing new toys. Innovation in the sex toy industry is ramping up, and I am so damn excited that people are now designing sex toys with human anatomy and pleasure in mind. For so long, sex toys weren’t very diverse. You had your vibrators that looked like dicks, and vibrators that looked like cones. You had masturbation sleeves that looked like pussies, and not too much else!
Now we have toys like Bubble Love, described on its website as ” a personal pleasure jet able to deliver millions of tiny pulsating bubbles to the “right spot” to stimulate, titillate, and push her over the top…repeatedly. This is more than just another bubble bath. Much more.” What a great idea for a sex toy! People have been using shower heads, hot tub jets and bath tubs for years to get off!
Another example of a new exciting product is the Semenette, an ejaculating dildo. I met the founder and inventor Stephanie Berman, who was proud to announce the Semenette helped her and her partner get pregnant and have a baby! “The Semenette®, a novelty sex toy that allows partners to mimic traditional intercourse through its proprietary inner tubing and pump system, re-creating intercourse and ejaculation in the privacy of their own home. No more using turkey basters or syringes to mimic an ejaculation with your partner – The Semenette® allows you to have a very realistic and intimate experience whenever the mood strikes.”
I also spoke with one of the creators of Pulse, a completely new penis toy that can be used with or without an erection. “As a solo toy, PULSE can be used in two ways. Firstly, when used with lubricant PULSE becomes a revolutionary next-generation masturbator. Alternatively, lubricant-free, PULSE is more like a static stimulator. In this case the PulsePlate™ provides stimulation direct to the frenulum. This sensation will be completely different to anything experienced before: testers have told us they experienced a more powerful and prolonged orgasm and that it is like learning to masturbate all over again.”
That is just a taste of what goes on at ILS. If you want to see more of what ILS was about, check out the photo gallery below. These photos are from Self Serve Toys’ Twitter account, because live-tweeting a sex toy trade show is always a good idea!