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Fifty Shades of Grey Boosts Vibrator Sales

Is Fifty Shades of Grey Boosting Vibrator Sales?

We're happy to present this excerpt from one of our favorite sites, YourTango. Today, we look at the increase in sex toy popularity.

Good news for pleasure-seeking, Christian-Grey-loving ladies everywhere: no need to make a separate trip to an adult store or novelty shop to get your latest vibrator. Just check your local drug store.

The fact that vibrators are becoming ubiquitous (and, ultimately, even less taboo) has been linked, thanks to a recent article in USA Today, to every woman's favorite new guilty pleasure — Fifty Shades of Grey. Add to that the ease of finding a vibrator on the drugstore shelf, and boom, we've got a recipe for climax. Yes, apparently erotica that began as fan fiction really gets us gals itching to pay attention to our lady parts. In fact, since the launch of the novel, Trojan has sold more than 300,000 vibrators at drugstores nationwide.

These results mean that sex and pleasure are obviously on Americans' minds. According to the USA Today findings, there has been a 30 percent growth in the sex toy industry over the past two years. And an article in The New York Times details how the appearance of vibrators "mere steps from the Bengay and Dr. Scholl's" is helping to carry the conversation about the toys. And people aren't just talking about them: they're buying them, too — Durex saw a 60 percent rise in vibrator sales in the beginning of 2011, compared with the same period in 2010.

For the rest of the article, head to YourTango: Is Fifty Shades of Grey Boosting Vibrator Sales?

Written by Kat Smith for YourTango.

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