“A couple of interesting things have happened in the past two years,” says Sexuality and Relationship Educator Sarah Sloane who also worked as a manager for five years at Chicago’s sex toys shop Pleasure Chest. “We’ve started to see more and more marketing that has been driven by people who are LGBTQ-identified, both in terms of manufacturers and in terms of the people who are doing the products imagining and the creation of it.”
The Semenette, Berman’s marquee product, is cock dildos for lesbian women that mimics traditional intercourse through its proprietary inner tubing and pump system, which also recreates the experience of traditional ejaculation. She created it while trying to conceive with her wife and discovered that it filled more than one gap in the market: It was an effective sexual device. Berman wasn’t and isn’t particularly profit motivated, but she’s enjoyed selling her product to a community of users and talking to them about it.
Those adult toys are in essence, variations of aging classics. The more innovative technologies are being created for trans men and women. The Buck-Off is a good example. It’s a FTM (women to men) stoker, the brainchild of prominent trans activist and performer Buck Angel. When a transman starts taking testosterone during transitioning, the clitoral tissue enlarges. The Buck-Off stimulates that area of the body.