If you had to guess which state in the U.S. has the highest sex toy sales per capita, what would you say? New York? California? Frisky Florida? No. No. No.
The state with the highest sex toy sales? Wyoming. Also on the list, from the bottom up: South Dakota, Idaho, West Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Montana, North Dakota and Alaska.
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These findings by researchers for sex toy company Adam & Eve are both surprising and completely unsurprising. For starters, all of these states, except Vermont and Maine, are predominantly Republican. Surprised? Don't be. Just look at how many strippers were hired for the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa. These people are repressed! And they drop more money at the clubs too. According to the New York Times: "Angelina Spencer, the executive director of the Association of Club Executives, which serves as a trade association for strip clubs, said an informal survey of convention business in New York and Denver had determined that Republicans dropped more money at clubs, by far. ... 'The average was $150 for Republicans and $50 for Democrats.'"
Another factor: The majority of these states are in the north. North equals more cold weather, which can lead to more sex — with yourself or with your favorite vibrator.
More interesting factoids from the Adam & Eve survey:
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- We collectively spend $15 BILLION a year on sex toys.
- 44 percent of women ages 18-60 have used a sex toy at least once in their life (or at least admit to using one, which in my opinion is very different).
- 20 percent of women masturbate at least once a week, and 60 percent of those use a sex toy to do so.
So the next time you shyly walk past a sex shop wishing you had the gall to go in and make a purchase, swallow your fear and go for it. After all, if even the Republicans are doing it en masse, it must be a safe and family-friendly activity, right?
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