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Sex Toys in India: How India is Courageously Entertaining the Sexual Wellness Era

Sex Toys in India

In India, it used to be the best way to get a sex toy was to wander down to the nearest bustling marketplace and awkwardly ask the shopkeeper for some “under the counter” products. Or, just tempt fate and head to the closest veg stand. Dooming that courgette to be used for something a bit different than your standard curry. Which makes it fairly easy to imagine that the country at large would generally rather sit in stony silence, that make these great However, this is all changing, and so are people’s perceptions on sexuality.

India has had a bit of a confusing past when it comes to sexual expression, love, and sexuality. But some sex toy sellers in India, like highly successful Adult Products India, are now hoping to bring some enlightenment into this turbid time. Thanks to the convenience and anonymity of the internet. Let’s face it, sex can be difficult, even awkward to talk about. Especially if you’re in an environment where you know that the subject might be less than well-received, but it doesn’t necessarily dampen the drive for self-exploration and general curiosity.

In India, a few avid adult product purveyors realized that perhaps the best way to get the conversation started, wasn’t really to have on at all.

Sex Toys in India: Changing by Doing

Instead of sitting down and having a frank conversation with the country, these dealers realized that just getting the gizmos and gadgets of pleasure into the hands of people were enough, at least in the early stages. Offering clients a safe space to explore their proclivities without having to offer an explanation, was enough to pique interest. Assortments of colors, textures and vibratory settings soon began to fly off virtual shelves.

Suddenly, Indians from all over the country and from all different age demographics began to show a marked interest in sex toys. The products were a hit. As more and more people began to get comfortable with the idea of owning personal mechanisms of pleasure without any uncomfortable dialogue, conversations started anyway.

Without the embedded shame of overly erotic packaging and face to face purchasing, people began to more easily probe their imaginations. Making sexy toys less sinister and more scintillating. Some companies, like Adult Products India, have offered their clients 24/7 customer service, with shocking results. “Initially, we just wanted to offer people the option to ask simple of technical questions, just letting them know in an unobtrusive way, that we were there should they need some direction.” Says a spokesperson for the online giant.

“What we found is that people starting asking more broad and intimate questions. Asking about very specific sexualities and even for advice on which products might be best for them… It was very encouraging. It felt like we were finally helping to shed that stigma that was so closely associated with sexual wellness.”

Sex Toys in India: Encouraging [Sexual] Wellness

As people started to ask more and more questions, Adult Products India saw a fascinating, and unexpected, trend. “The questions weren’t really about which vibrator to choose anymore. They became more direct and detailed. Like which toys would we suggest for someone in the ageing population, or ‘what should I get my wife if…’ sort of questions. Suddenly we were having these familiar and genuinely helpful conversations with people we had never met.” The company says.

Sexual wellness is associated with a number of different and spectacular health benefits, from keeping people active to reducing depression and stress. “Selling sex toys goes so much further than just offering a personal masturbator, we’re selling comfort, equality, and acceptance.”

Knowing that there is a community in which you can ask questions and explore fantasies, which have nothing to do with your gender, age, or sexual orientation can be life-saving. Generally, when the west of the world thinks about sexual shaming and shunning, alt-communities come firmly into mind. But in India, it’s everyone that experiences these pronounced silences. Making the demand for inclusive conversation so much more important on a national scale.

In India, alt-communities and women still undergo untold violence and exclusion in the same of sexual expression. Making starting a conversation and normalizing sexual behaviors the first step in providing a space that fits everyone. “What you do in your own home isn’t really any of our business. Ensuring that you have the right tools to express yourself safely and happily, is.” Adult Products India reminds us. “And sometimes, being allowed the tools along with a friendly and informed ear can change lives for the better.”

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