In the last few years we've seen a major surge in women-led sex toy companies. And it's about time.
"This industry has been run by men (or those with penises) for dozens and dozens of years, which inherently means that the design and marketing of the products that they've created is male-centric," CEO and Co-founder of Unbound, Polly Rodriguez, tells Bustle. "Whether that leads to phallic shapes or packaging that depicts women through a male gaze, there's been a dearth of innovation from a female perspective. It's important to have sexual wellness products that are created by those with vulvas, because it's very difficult to invent effective toys for a body part that you don't have. As more vulva-owners enter the industry, we're seeing new technologies emerge that address issues that have been brushed under the rug for centuries. It's a very exciting time for sex tech, and it's only going to get better from here."
From crystal dildos to a vibrator that doubles as a necklace, these toys created by women are sleek, innovative, and non-intimidating. Here are nine amazing sex toys by nine equally amazing women-led companies, whether you're completely new to sex toys or a seasoned vet looking for the a brand new vibe to add to your collection.