15 Times TV Destigmatized Sex Toys

Jun 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Still of Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda holding vibrators on "Grace and Frankie"
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Sex, as seen on television, is not entirely uncommon or verboten these days. In fact, we've come a long way since the advent of TV in the mid-20th century, especially when it comes to talking about and showing sex. But curiously, one of the aspects of sex we're still not seeing too much of (which makes it all the more exhilarating when we do see it) is the use of sex toys as they relate to the sexual health and wellness of the characters in question. 

In the last 20-ish years, however, there have been some more 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. Just seeing sex toys and aids on our favorite shows helps to destigmatize them and make them a normal part of the sexual conversation. And thankfully, we've moved past the days when seeing a vibrator on-screen was shorthand for a sad, lonely single woman. In short, TV is doing right by sex toys.

So which shows notably destigmatize sex toys for their viewers and send the message that they should be embraced? Keep reading and find out for yourself.

1 /15: 'Orange Is the New Black': Boo Uses a Strap-on

1/15 :'Orange Is the New Black': Boo Uses a Strap-on

2 /15: 'Sex and the City': Charlotte & Carrie Discover The Rabbit

2/15 :'Sex and the City': Charlotte & Carrie Discover The Rabbit

3 /15: 'Broad City': Abbi Tries Pegging

3/15 :'Broad City': Abbi Tries Pegging

4 /15: 'The Golden Girls': Blanche Asks About Dorothy's Possible Vibrator

4/15 :'The Golden Girls': Blanche Asks About Dorothy's Possible Vibrator

5 /15: 'Girls': Marnie Has a Moment With Her Vibrator

5/15 :'Girls': Marnie Has a Moment With Her Vibrator

6 /15: 'Sex and the City': Samantha Uses a Strap-on With Her Girlfriend

6/15 :'Sex and the City': Samantha Uses a Strap-on With Her Girlfriend

7 /15: 'Grace and Frankie': Grace & Frankie Create Vibrators for Older Women

7/15 :'Grace and Frankie': Grace & Frankie Create Vibrators for Older Women

8 /15: 'Love': Mickey Uses Her Vibrator to Finish

8/15 :'Love': Mickey Uses Her Vibrator to Finish

9 /15: 'Sense8': Nomi Uses a Strap-on During Sex With Her Girlfriend, Amanita

9/15 :'Sense8': Nomi Uses a Strap-on During Sex With Her Girlfriend, Amanita

10 /15: 'The L Word': Shane & Cherie Jaffe Take Strap-on Sex to a New Level

10/15 :'The L Word': Shane & Cherie Jaffe Take Strap-on Sex to a New Level

11 /15: 'Mad Men': Peggy Accidentally Discovers Vibrators

11/15 :'Mad Men': Peggy Accidentally Discovers Vibrators

12 /15: 'Younger': Diana Trout Learns What a Fleshlight Is

12/15 :'Younger': Diana Trout Learns What a Fleshlight Is

13 /15: 'Inside Amy Schumer': One Skit Uses Parody to Make a Point

13/15 :'Inside Amy Schumer': One Skit Uses Parody to Make a Point

14 /15: 'True Detective': Lisa Tragnetti Finds Another Use for Handcuffs

14/15 :'True Detective': Lisa Tragnetti Finds Another Use for Handcuffs

15 /15: 'Sex and the City': Samantha Has a Date Night With Her Vibrator

15/15 :'Sex and the City': Samantha Has a Date Night With Her Vibrator