Crowdfunding has worked its way into just about every corner of everyday life these days. Donors can pledge money to new tech, upcoming major motion pictures and even potato salad, so it really shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that they can also contribute to adult entertainment.
While porn and sex toys are a no-no on Kickstarter, they’re just fine on Indiegogo along with a number of other crowdfunding sites. There is even a pair of porn-only crowdfunding sites. And, just as with other industries, people are putting down a lot of money.
But as America becomes more open about sexual matters and the adult novelty industry branches into new directions beyond the well-known classic form factor for these devices, some intimate gifts have gone from potentially creepy to classy.
The impact of “Fifty Shades of Grey” on the porn world is hard to overstate.
The explicit best seller sparked an interest in areas that were largely considered taboo at the time—resulting in a sizable interest in both DVDs that dealt with the subject of bondage and the multiple adult novelty accessories that are part of the culture.
In a highly watched case for the adult-entertainment crowd, a U.S. trade panel has ruled that several sex toy makers are violating a patent held by a Canadian company for a two-armed vibrator. The U.S. International Trade Commission ordered those competitors to stop making and selling products to Standard Innovation Corp.’s We-Vibe toy.