I tried a sex toy subscription box for beginners – here’s what it was like


Here are some items you might receive (Picture: unboundbabes.com)


Buying a vibrator for the first time can be an unnerving experience even for the most sex-posi of us. Even though the sex toy market is valued at over 21 billion dollars, about 47% of women have never used a vibrator

in a perfect world, every woman would be so brazen with her sexuality that stigma around self-pleasure would be completely eradicated, and although we’re getting there (albeit at a glacial pace), venturing into the world of sex toys can still feel like intimidating, uncharted territory. If you’re too shy to go to a sex shop to buy your very first vibrator, there’s a case to be made for online shopping – but the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming for beginners. Between the different price points, designs, functions and sizes, it’s hard to know where to start. Enter Unbound, a female-fronted online sexual wellness subscription service (like Birchbox, but for sex toys) with an awesomely feminist, sex-positive ethos and impossibly millennial aesthetic. Unbound was inspired by co-founder and CEO Polly Rodriguez’s own experience of buying a vibrator for the first time. When cancer treatment left her menopausal at the age of 21, she faced first hand how shameful, inaccessible and antiquated shopping for sex toys can be. She told Metro.co.uk: ‘Buying a vibrator for the first time can be a daunting experience for anyone. Growing up in the Midwest in the early 2000s was no exception. ‘St Louis didn’t have any cool boutiques so I ended up at a shop on the north side of the city next to the airport. ‘I was going through cancer at the time, and had just finished up chemo treatment and remember walking and thinking, ‘this is worse than the cancer centre.’ ‘The whole experience just left me feeling embarrassed to be shopping in the category. Neon lights, blow up dolls, naked posters of women everywhere. Not an ideal shopping experience, to say the least.’





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