But as much as things change, they still stay the same. But over the last ish years, there have been some notable examples of the use of sex toys in television shows, from vibrators to strap-ons to the unconventional toys, that are worth talking about. Interestingly, sex toys are used by multiple genders, queer characters, straight characters, characters of varying ages and characters involved in different kinds of relationships. As seen on TV, sex toys have become another love language, a way to express love and fulfill desires and meet the sexual needs of a particular character without shaming them or erasing who they are as a person.
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I'm always very happy and super-interested when sex toys suddenly turn up in the tv shows I'm watching. But often, as in the case of the show I just started watching, Trinkets, they get it soooo wrong. Trinkets is a new Netflix show about three high-school aged young women who form a bond around their shared love of shoplifting. I used to facilitate groups for women who shoplift and now I own a store where people occasionally shoplift, so I figured this would be right up my alley. Besides the fact that, once again, 17 year olds are being played by 23 and 24 year olds, and they seem to be able to get into bars with no problem whatsoever, it started out well.
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In the second season of Transparent , Ali Pfefferman, played by Gaby Hoffmann, lackadaisically dons a strap-on, gently rubbing it against the face of Carrie Brownstein's Syd Feldman. The harnessed dildo isn't presented as a sight gag or even used in a sexual way; it's just shown matter-of-factly, something that isn't worth a whole lot of fuss. There was, of course, the much-discussed pegging episode of Broad City , but the rubbery member also popped up on Orange Is the New Black and Sense8. This is exciting for many reasons—the strap-on can be used to invert gender roles, portray a broader spectrum of sexuality, and honestly depict lesbian sex, just to name a few.
One of the biggest ways that things start to become a part of our culture is how they are represented in our films and television shows. Since joining the stage several decades ago, our visual media has played a massive role in our lives. The influence can be huge, and as something becomes more normal to see on screen it tends to become more normal in real life. Many people still find this kind of content offensive, and there are considerations of advertising and censorship to contend with. Since around the 60s, our attitudes to sex have become more open and accepting, and as such various sex toys are starting to sneak into more and more of our media.