Should You Buy a Sex Doll? What to Know

Thinking of buying a sex doll? Not sure how or where to look?

Consider some of the most common questions people ask when deciding whether to buy a sex doll.

Is It Normal to Own a Sex Doll?

The age-old question—what is normal?

If it is normal to be curious about different kinds of sex, yes, it is normal to own a sex doll.

If it is normal to be creative and imaginative, then yes, it is normal to pick out a sex doll and try it.

If it is normal to enjoy experimenting with different toys, then yes, it is normal to have a sex doll.

If it is normal to want safe sex, or to look for casual, no-strings sex, or to avoid in-person dating if you are currently ill or still attached in something complicated, or grieving a death or a lost relationship, then yes, it is normal to own a sex a doll.

Younger people and older people alike enjoy owning sex dolls. People of different cultural backgrounds and different economic backgrounds own sex dolls. Men, women, and transgender people use and own sex dolls.

Today’s societies are more and more open to sex and love, whether BDSM, fetishes, or polyamory lifestyles. We are open about all kinds of sex toys and practices. But the sex doll thing still has a bit of stigma, from all sides.

Read: How to Hide a Sex Doll (and Keep It Secret)

Sex Doll Stigma

We can put a ponytail butt plug on and prance around in hooves, or perform mummification rituals, or admit to having two wives and three boyfriends, and no one blinks an eye. We can say that we’re sexually attracted to ghosts, aliens, or a popular tourist attraction, and everyone is understanding… or aroused!

But a sex doll? We’re not there yet.

A sex doll is a versatile and interesting sex toy. It can be educational, practical, or fun. Like any other sex toy, its users are diverse. The stereotype of the creepy, lonely guy who can’t get a girlfriend because he can’t relate to real people is a great trope for movies, but it’s just that—a stereotype.

Read: Statue, Doll, and Mannequin Fetishes

Pros and Cons of Sex Dolls

There are many benefits to owning a sex doll or to sex dolls in general.

Let’s get the cons to owning a sex doll out of the way first.

  • The best sex dolls are expensive.
  • Sex dolls are difficult to store discreetly, as they are life size.
  • They aren’t real (which can also be a plus).
  • They are static—they don’t move, talk, or grow older.

9 Benefits of Sex Dolls

The benefits of sex dolls, on the other hand, are numerous.

1. Sex dolls display some of the most beautiful, realistic, life-like artistry in the world of sex toys.

2. Sex dolls come in all shapes and sizes—there are porn star sex dolls, chubby BBW sex dolls, Black and Latina sex dolls, brunette and redhead sex dolls, male sex dolls for women, male sex dolls for men, mature sex dolls, and more.

3. You can dress sex dolls up in your favorite style of fetish wear or lace lingerie, a slinky party dress, or a business suit—whatever floats your boat.

4. There is a range of prices.

5. Even the steepest price tag might be a worthy investment if it’s a toy you use regularly.

6. A sex doll is safe sex—with normal cleanup, there is zero risk of STIs or unwanted pregnancy, infections or any other illness.

7. Sex dolls can add fun or spontaneity to your life.

8. You can add variety without cheating if you are in a monogamous relationship.

9. You can experiment, explore, and practice sex techniques that you aren’t sure about.

Some people have a doll fetish or dollification kink that precedes buying an actual sex doll.

Read: Doll Fetish and the Dollification Kink

Are Sex Dolls Legal?

Sex dolls are legal in the United States and Canada, and in many other countries around the world. Sex dolls are usually shipped as “mannequins,” and many suppliers will take customs and legal issues on for you.

There are many countries where sex dolls are not legal, so if sex toys in general are not legal where you are, proceed with caution and check your laws. Some countries allow some sex toys and not others, including sex dolls. It’s best to be sure.

In some countries, like Canada, certain sex dolls are illegal even if general sex dolls are legal. Australia has sex doll height requirements. There are different regulations concerning sex dolls that too closely resemble children.

How Much Is a Sex Doll?

Sex dolls range from $40 to $20,000—most are in the $2,000 range.

For fun and games, an inflatable sex doll is a mainstay and they are available for as little as forty bucks! Some of them look all right, considering!

You can get exquisite silicone or TPE sex dolls for a couple grand and keep going up with custom creation costs, specific artists, real hair, and so on.

TPE or thermoplastic elastomer is the latest hot material for sex dolls. It feels even more realistic and sensual than silicone, AND the material is not as expensive!

Sex Doll Alternatives

Make a Sex Doll

Although the inflatable sex dolls are economical and look better than most homemade dolls unless you are very crafty, making a sex doll is fun. So you can rig your own sex doll or do an arts and craft project as a sex doll alternative.

Read: Make Your Own Sex Doll at Home

Use a Pocket Pussy

If your main desire is simply dick stimulation, rather than the full-package deal with a sex doll, use a pocket pussy toy. You can create your own with balloons, sponges, or other household items, but the store bought ones are feel good must-haves for many men. You can insert pocket pussy toys into pillows or stuffed dolls to simulate a sex doll.

Read: How to Make a Homemade Pocket Pussy

Buy Mini Sex Dolls

Another alternative is to use a mini sex doll. These are sometimes as beautifully crafted as life-size dolls but are more manageable for storage and prices.

Warning—mini sex dolls are sometimes modeled to look like children, so be cautious when ordering or searching. In some countries they are illegal.

Read: 7 Ways to Use a Sex Doll

What do you think, are you interested in buying a sex doll? Or do you already own one!

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