Episode 143: Boy Toys – Women Who Buy Male Sex Dolls

November 8, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 143: Boy Toys – Women Who Buy Male Sex Dolls


Although the modern sex doll industry largely caters to straight men, a growing number of heterosexual women are getting in on the action by purchasing male sex dolls. Sex dolls for women have actually been around for more than a half-century, but they’ve changed quite a bit over the years. So who are the women buying male sex dolls? What are their reasons for purchasing them, and are they meeting women’s needs? And why is there so much stigma around sex doll ownership? Let’s talk about it!

I am joined once again by Hallie Lieberman, a sex historian and journalist. She is also author of the book Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy, which we discussed back in episode 21 of this show. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • The history of male sex dolls (it all started with “Big John!”).
  • How many women have ever used a sex doll, and how much these dolls cost.
  • What male sex dolls tend to look like.
  • Women’s reasons for buying sex dolls and how they’re similar/different compared to men.
  • Whether sex dolls are effective at satisfying sexual and other needs.
  • Why sex dolls are more stigmatized than vibrators and dildos.
  • The future of sex dolls for women.

To learn more about Hallie, follow her on the socials @hallielieberman and be sure to pick up a copy of her book, Buzz.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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