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How It Is Done and Why It Is Used
Prostate massage is a self-help technique that may benefit prostate health but one that few men actually consider or feel comfortable performing. Although some people will tell you that it helps "clear toxins" from the prostate, the aim of the massage is to stimulate the prostatic ducts to release excess seminal fluid the fluid that mixes with sperm to create semen. There are few studies that strongly support the use of prostate massage for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH or other prostatic conditions. Prostate massage can also be used as a form of sexual stimulation, either performed on oneself or by a partner. The prostate is a gland about the size and shape of a walnut, located between the bladder and the root of the penis. The urethra the tube through which urine and semen leave the body runs through the center of the prostate.
Sales of the sex toys, which are designed specifically to stimulate the walnut-sized gland between the root of the penis and the bladder, are surging — and this exploding interest is being driven in large part by what may seem like a surprising source: straight cis men. From to alone, their sales doubled. Other retailers have recently reported their sales up by around 40 percent a year. Thanks in part to this sudden burst of demand, plenty of new competitors in the realm of anal pleasure have emerged, like b-Vibe , a butt-centric toy company founded in A decade ago even a well-stocked and open-minded sex store chain like Babeland only carried one or two prostate-focused toys. Today, they stock almost 30 different models produced by almost a dozen different companies, like the high-end luxury toy maker LELO. Our culture is also plagued by persistent homophobia , which paints any straight man who likes a little anal stimulation as emasculated and twisted. Increased demand for prostate toys within this overarching cultural environment could, one might think, just be a reflection of the increasing visibility of, and social acceptability of marketing content to, people with non-normative sexualities, or of the growing number of men identifying to some degree as queer. How, in a culture with historically little broad knowledge about anal stimulation and so many hang-ups around straight male sexuality, did hetero men end up leading a prostate toy boom?