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Are Orgasms a Human Right? This FREE Sex Toy Project Thinks So

May 31, 2017
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We chatted with Sexy Liberation, aka the women giving out FREE sex toys. Here’s the deal… By Lizzi Sandell.

Jannet, Lexi, and Shirin, aka Sexy Liberation, are the sex-positive heroes we deserve. Their free sex toy project (YES, FREE. SEX. TOYS.) has been providing pleasure gratis to the masses since 2014. Their aim is to disrupt the stigma surrounding self love and to promote the kind of orgasm equality we’ve long since lacked (because randomly orgasms can be marginalized too—good to know).

In case you haven’t already heard, May is National Masturbation Month, and you should be celebrating (both “solo YOLO” and group activities welcome). Now you can get your wandering hands on butt plugs, vibrators and cock rings for absolutely FREE, or use the opportunity to expand your horizons and help the cause with something wilder and deliciously discounted.

Obvs, I ordered my hot pink Lipstick Bullet Vibrator as soon as I heard about this gift from God last month. Then I wanted to get to know the women behind the (literal) buzz. Here, they talk Sex Ed, Waffle Houses and right-winger’s anal G-spots.

Lizzi: Tell us your origin story. How did the free sex toy project come about?

Sexy Lib: All three of us were good friends in college and remain great friends to this day. We were super sex-positive and put-on/participated in many events on campus and off campus. We started handing out condoms and lube and one day thought it would be neat to hand out some sex toys as well. It was a pretty big hit! Never have I seen a bucket of butt plugs disappear so quickly. We all graduated and started doing some freelance software projects as a small team living under one roof, and we did sexual health awareness events on the side. We decided it would be much easier to automate giving out the sex toys, so we slopped together a site in one night after a few drinks… and Sexy Liberation was born!

Is it funded only by the revenue from the discounted toys, or have there been other sources of fundraising or investment? How do you make it work?

We started off with our own funds as well as some capital provided by an anonymous and awesome psychologist. Since then, though, we pretty much survive off of revenue from our paid toys. If we need a boost, we just send out an email to our marketing list. We’ve since sent out over 50,000 free toys to 80 different countries.

It’s been said that the liberation of women can be measured by orgasm equality. Do you see the type of service you’re providing as integral to our social betterment?

Absolutely. In college, I read about an interesting (theoretical) economic model that is used to determine the well-being of regions post-natural disaster. Basically, in the years following, one can determine the level of recovery by counting the number of Waffle Houses and 24-hour diners around. Surprisingly, it is pretty accurate. Though closing the orgasm gap may seem like a crazy way to measure equality to some, sexual equality is interlocked with happiness, which is interlocked with job performance, mental health, decision making, etc. I believe it is an excellent model to measure the effects of progressive feminism.

Have you got a sense of how broad the demographic is for your service? Have you been able to expand beyond more typically feminist or sex positive circles?

Absolutely. The point of the organization is to get new people interested in toys, and by extension, sexual exploration. One day we were posted in this very alt-right community. They absolutely hated us, and we were getting death threats. I gotta say though, never have we sent so many vibrating prostate massager kits out in one day…

Which one thing will help towards more, better, and more equal orgasms?

Communication. We need to start communicating about sex early on. Our sexual education is in absolute shambles. If it was up to me, I’d be handing out vibrators in class, not lectures on abstinence. I’ll never forget the day we had a pop-quiz in my Introduction to Women’s Studies course. We were asked to draw anatomically correct female genitalia and label 5 parts. Most people couldn’t even get 4! And oh god, the clitorises were so high up you’d think they were belly buttons. If we don’t educate, communicate, and normalize the wonderful world of sexual pleasure, how can we live?

Get your free sex toys HERE.

Lizzi Sandell is a writer and film student living in London and NewYork.

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