Well it's about damn time! Though physicians and therapists (not just Dan Savage, we're talking mainstream doctors) have been known for decades that vibrator use be great for sexual health and help women have orgasms, there's never been a scientific study to back up the common knowledge. Until now!
Trojan funded a national research project to determine the extent and impact of vibrator use and la-di-da, look what they found: not only do a majority of American women use vibrators, they're happier for it!
According to the surveys of 2,056 women and 1,047 men ages 18-60, a whopping 53 percent of women (and 45 percent of men) say they use a vibrator - a quarter of those in the last month. Women who use vibrators were more likely to say they were sexually happy and more likely to get gynecological exams.
"Vibrator use is common, it's linked to positive sexual function such as desire and ease of orgasm, and it's rarely associated with any side effects," said Debby Herbenick, associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, on Science Daily. The study was originally printed in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The New York Times picked up the study for a great, long article about the mainstreaming of vibrators and sex toys in general. Even Fox News wound up reporting vibrators' benefits despite a skeptical headline and laughable lede ("a new survey that sheds light on acts that take place beneath the covers and behind closed doors" ... oooo! ominous mainstream sex acts!). Studies like might help improve media coverage of Americans' sexual activity -- Hell, these days even squeaky clean Barbara Walters is making vibrator jokes.
So on this weekend celebrating independence and freedom of thought, take a few private moments to celebrate a what is now known to be a true American tradition: ye olde friendly vibrator.