Now that we're in August, it's time to celebrate Anal Sex Month! Or, as sex toy retailer Good Vibrations officially declared it back in 2013, Anal Pleasure Month. Either way, no matter how you slice it, it's in August that anal pleasure is celebrated in all its forms — from anal play, to rimming, to full-on, penetrative anal sex. And one great way to celebrate is with sex toy sales this month.
"One of the great things about anal play is that folks of any gender and orientation can enjoy it, not just gay men (obviously)," Alicia Sinclair, founder and CEO of b-Vibe, tells Bustle. "The sensations and experiences that feel good to you have nothing to do with your sexual orientation or gender. It’s kind of like how the food that you enjoy is a totally different question than who you want to have dinner with."
According to Sinclair, when it comes to enjoying anal sex, it's 90% preparation. "That includes getting mentally prepared," says Sinclair. "That’s even truer if you’ve had uncomfortable or painful experiences in the past because your body will expect the same thing again, which makes the anus tightens up."
But with the right lube, a relaxed anus, and the thinking that anal is going to be fun and maybe even blow your mind, anal sex can be quite pleasurable. Here are the August sex toy sales — both in celebration of Anal Sex Month and just because it's August.