Startups Promote Sex Toys As The Latest Wellness Must-Haves

Before they became known as gadgets geared toward enhancing sexual pleasure and spicing up people’s sex lives, vibrators were primarily marketed as health and beauty devices. The earliest vibrators were advertised as treatments for everything from uterine...

Mainstream Retailers Are Selling Sex Toys, But How Much Do They Know About Them?

At Walmart, women can shop for milk, bread, eggs, socks and school supplies along with sex toys. The brand PlusOne debuted at the megachain two years ago, and Walmart is far from the only mainstream retailer that’s...

Cannabis Stores Are Proliferating, But Are They Worth Visiting?  

When the cannabis industry was underground, stores serving cannabis users weren’t much to look at. But capitalism can act quickly, and mounting recreational marijuana legalization over the last eight years has transformed old-school pot shops into modern retail...

Spas Often Alienate Plus-Size Customers. Here’s How They Can Change.

Sheri Arcuria, a 38-year-old bookkeeper and author, was getting a massage at a spa when the masseuse instructed her, “You need to go to the gym.” The masseuse didn’t end there. “She said my bones were not big,...

Attitudes Toward Menarche Are Changing—And Emerging Period Care Brands Are Part Of The Change

Growing up, nobody discussed my period with me. When I got it at 13-years-old, I felt I didn’t have anyone to tell. I finally told my therapist, who relayed to me that she’d planted a rose bush to...

Sex In Contemporary Beauty Advertising: Is It Liberating Or Damaging?

From the beginning of mainstream consumer products, sex has been a tool wielded to promote them. In the 1930s, AdAge documents a Listerine ad featured a nude woman’s back and her breast, and marketing for Woodbury soap...

How Beauty Brands Can Avoid Cultural Appropriation

In the space of a few hours last month, Dior launched an advertisement for Sauvage fragrance starring Johnny Depp and a Native American dancer wearing traditional garb, and removed it after an outcry over cultural appropriation and insensitivity....