Another common theme? People loved being able to help other people enjoy more fulfilling sex lives.
“[I love] talking with my customers, who come from all walks of life! I love getting to know them and learning about who they are. I love to learn about all the upcoming products and services the industry provides then getting to share that knowledge with my customers.”
“My favorite thing is helping people live more fulfilled lives. As an adult, sex is a big part of our lives and helping people make that better is such a powerful thing. It is something I am very proud of.”
This Industry Has Unique Challenges
While the sexual health/pleasure products industry has made great strides in recent years, the industry - and the people in it - still face challenges as a result of remaining taboos around sexuality and sexual pleasure. Those challenges can be personal, coming in the form of judgment and uncomfortable silences when people learn about their careers; or professional, coming in the form of additional barriers when it comes to working with other professional and financial organizations.
Check out our content about femtech, where many founders discussed these barriers in depth.
“People who find out that you're in the industry automatically assume that you have no standards or run some seedy business. It's hard sometimes to tell people what I do for a living because my children and family get judged by other parents.”
“My jobs and roles in the sexual wellness/pleasure products industry are often viewed as sex work/inappropriate/embarrassing/negative, by people uncomfortable with my experiences in the industry. I am proud of my work in the industry and grateful that I landed in this community.”
“There are a lot of restrictions to how businesses operate, from zoning to advertising, to financing. From a purely business perspective, it’s forced everyone to get creative and adapt as we go.”
Another challenge many respondents called out was the size of the companies they work for - and what that means in terms of work loads and the potential for job growth.
“Oftentimes, I have been the only person in the marketing department, which I love because I can wear many hats and get as creative as I want. By the same token, the sky isn't always the limit when it comes to job growth with small companies; your department may only consist of one or two people and the position above you is the owner.”
Most Can’t Imagine Being Somewhere Else
Most of our survey respondents have worked in the industry for at least four years; half have been at it for more than 13 years! That’s probably because despite the challenges, the sexual health/pleasure products industry can be a lot of fun. It means bringing something positive to the world, while also pushing boundaries toward positive change.
“If these walls could talk … ;-) I’m just grateful to be here.”