Masturbation Month has staying power! For more than 20 years, self-love has received special focus and Sex Stories We Love continues on with the best in digital content celebrating digital delight. This time we’re shifting years to (mostly) look at the devices and toys we use to enjoy self-stimulation.

Recognizing Magic

Now this was a tremendous surprise! Time Magazine recently released its collection of the Top 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time. As we would expect, things like smartphones, television, GPS, and gaming systems all made the list. But there was a most welcome addition in the form of the Hitachi Magic Wand. The quintessential, high-powered vibrator is a worthy candidate given the tremendous impact it's had on women’s sexuality. The toy has been a staple of masturbation for four decades and remains one of the top-selling sex toys of all time. Just making the list would have been impressive, but it ranked all the way up at number 10! Maybe society is starting to take note of how important sexual pleasure is to our lives. (Get details and reviews of this toy here.)

Necessity Is the...

Last week, I shared a post offering masturbation techniques for people with vulvas. This week, I came across a post that suggests that people with penises might be the most creative sexual creatures on the planet. After reading this article featuring some immensely creative penis masturbation methods, I get the sense that if you can rub a penis against or into something, then you will get off. Some of these I’ve heard before, such as the "stop-and-go" technique. Others, through, are completely new to me and I am pretty impressed by their ingenuity. Putting Vaseline in a bag and then putting that between your mattress and box spring? Slicked up water wings? Well, if you’re really looking for a new sensation ... here are a few more ideas.

Own Your Own

There are some folks who will look at this collection of fantasy and monster-themed dildos and shudder. Other folks, on the other hand, will think they’re ultimately sexy and cool. That’s the thing about masturbation toys - they are an entirely individual thing. What people want in their personal products depends on their sexual preferences and their personalities. So many toys are modeled after penises, but not everyone wants to play with something that looks like that. It wasn’t that long ago that rabbit vibrators were all the rage even though some literally featured rabbit shapes. So, really, does it matter what it is shaped like if it feels good?

Sex or Stroke?

As we move toward future sexual experiences, some fundamental aspects of our current beliefs might be questioned. One of the most controversial changes to our sexual world is the rapid development of sex robots. It seems that new materials and technologies are being introduced on a monthly basis that are advancing this area. What is it people will do with a robot? Will you have sex with it or is it just a masturbation device? We already have many products that are designed to be shaped like and feel like human body parts ... but does something change when we add the rest of the human form around those specific parts? What do you think? Will we be knockin’ boots with ‘bots or will they just be diddle droids?

Masturbation Menage

So we’ve got super intense vibrators, monster dildos, sexy robots, and even ambitious bed fuckers ... but what is one of the best additions to your self-love sensations? Another person! Masturbating with a lover, partner, friend, or hook-up can be one of the most amazing sexual experiences you will ever have. According to preeminent sex educator Jenny Block, sharing your masturbation desires with another person can be extremely intimate - but also a little intimidating. We are taught from an early age that self-pleasure is a private activity, something we don’t talk about, let alone let someone else witnesses. However, Jenny offers some amazing suggestions and a taste of what you’ll find in her book on how to grasp the tremendous potential of sharing masturbation with someone else.