Sunday, May 8, 2016

Grace and Frankie: Sex Toys, Vibrators, Yam Lube & More

Grace and Frankie- Sex, Aging, Sex Toys, Vibrator, Yam Lube & More
Grace and Frankie
Spoiler Alert- Grace and Frankie is an incredibly funny yet heartfelt show on Netflix and stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie who are starting to open up dialog about sexual health and wellness issues and products on the show.  This is of course a breath of fresh air as too often issues such as toxins in sexual products such as parabens in personal lubricantsphthalates in sex toys, damage to the environment and the topic of sex and aging are neglected by the media.

In the final episode of Season Two "The Coup" it looks like Grace and Frankie will be starting a sex toy business where they will be exploring products that will focus on making sexual pleasure easier for women as they age as well as addressing medical issues and disabilities such as arthritis.  This idea comes to them shortly after Jane Fonda's character Grace uses a fictional vibrator called the Kabashi Joystick (which mimics many of the vibrating wands available today) and finds that her arthritis begins to act up during use. 

The episode is certainly humorous when Grace remarks that the vibrator looks like a microphone and Lily Tomlin's character Frankie indicates "It will make you sing."   Upon using it Grace says that while her arthritis was acting up as she was trying to hold it that despite the discomfort she was able to "play through". 

The discussions in this second season of Grace and Frankie are long overdue in a show as most tend to focus on superficial sexuality whereas here sexual health issues as well as environment and animal rights are addressed.  For example, in the episodes where Frankie signs a contract with Brianna Hanson (played by June Diane Raphael), who runs Grace's cosmetic company to license out her yam lube formula, there is a bit of conflict that brings up some well needed discussions about personal lubricants. 

This conflict addresses the well-known health problems with parabens in personal lubricants, the importance of products maintaining a long shelf-life while still being healthy, appealing to consumers and being eco and animal friendly.  Frankie tries to get them to use other oils such as jojoba and rapeseed oil but is met with refusal and ends up giving up on trying to change the mind of Brianna who insists on using palm oil which negatively impacts the rainforest and the orangutans along with other animals that reside there.

As a company that specializes in sexual health we were actually hoping that hemp seed oil would have been mentioned as an alternative considering that it is cost-effective, healthy, eco-friendly and the character Frankie seems to rather enjoy using cannabis quite a bit.  Perhaps this will be something they will explore in season three as it addresses the need for hemp to be legalized in the USA and the importance of increasing use of it in products to benefit consumer health and the environment as well as provide a solid profit margin for companies that use it.

We are so pleased to see the show address sex for seniors which is often ignored and we are eager to see the types of products that may be introduced in the next season.  Perhaps they will explore helpful sexual suggestions for seniors such as remote control sex toys that make using them hands free or using sex toy pillows that hold sex toys in place while you use them. 

Of course it would also be great to see them discuss the need for Kegel exercise for pelvic floor strength to reduce urinary incontinence and some of the very cool new electro-stimulation sex toys that help women do that. They may even get to show off things like the new Kegel exerciser the LELO Smart Bead that is like a Fitbit® for your vagina!   Perhaps even dilators that help women who have pain during sex will be addressed. The possibilities are endless and we are already quite eager to see what these comedic goddesses will educate women about in the next season.

We are excited to see a show embracing those issues that have long been important to our own mission through our national association for professionals- The National Association for the Advancement of Science & Art in Sexuality -  It is here that we have worked hard to create a worldwide Safe Sexual Products Campaign for those in the sexual products industry to work together in order to create safer products for consumers as well as for the environment.

Our hope is that such discussions in a show as well done as Grace and Frankie is written and performed will make the public aware of sexual issues that are not often discussed such as sex and aging, sexual products and their impact on the environment as well as the toxins that are still in many sexual products.

It is certainly long overdue that consumers better understand the need for choosing and supporting companies that are not just eco-friendly but sell only nontoxic sex toys and lubricants such as After all, we owe it to ourselves to not just enjoy the pleasure of sex throughout life well into our golden years but to take care of our bodies and the earth as we do.

*For those of you wondering, there is no such thing as an FDA approved yam lubricant and there is a reason for that. Learn more here-


1 comment:

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