The sexual consumer: Characteristics, expectations, and experiences of women attending in-home sex toy parties

Vanessa Schick, Debby Herbenick, Kristen N. Jozkowski, Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Michael Reece

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Abstract

Sexuality education efforts tend to focus on adolescents and riskreduction strategies. Outside of clinical settings, there are few sexuality education opportunities focusing on enhancing the sexual lives (e.g., desire, arousal, orgasm) of adult women in long-term monogamous relationships. In-home sex toy parties may enrich women's sexual experiences by providing attendees with an opportunity to learn in a nontraditional setting. In the present study, more than 2,500 party attendees were surveyed regarding their party experience and sexual history. Participants reported high scores on the Female Sexual Function Index with repeat attendees scoring significantly higher than their counterparts. Recommendations are discussed regarding the use of parties as a source for sexuality information distribution and screening for therapeutic referrals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-175
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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