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The Impact of Sex Dolls on the Adult Entertainment Industry

Posted on May 11 2023

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Although sex dolls have been around for a few years now, their popularity doesn’t seem to be decreasing - quite the opposite, actually. With continuous new inventions and the promising development of things such as AI sex robots, it seems like the number of people turning towards this option to diversify and improve their sex life will only be rising. 

However, this sparked a lot of debate in regard to how sex dolls affected and continue to affect the sex industry. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at the impact they had and have on the adult entertainment world. 

Sex Dolls - An Overview

Although it might seem so, sex dolls are actually not a new concept. It all dates back to around the 16th and 17th centuries when European (most likely Dutch, although different sources name a bunch of other nationalities) sailors, deprived of women’s companionship due to spending a lot of time out on the ocean, would make fashion dolls out of leather and cloth. 

They had different names - the French called them ‘dames de voyage,’ while for the English, those were ‘dutch wives,’ which is actually still in use today in Japan. 

It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century, however, that sex dolls became mass-produced - first appearing in French catalogs, those dolls utilized newly discovered plastics that made them seem more realistic, and they even included a tube through which oil could be poured to lubricate the vagina, intensifying the experience. 

By the beginning of the 21st century, high-end silicone dolls hit the mass market, and over the last 20-something years, sex dolls went through several improvements to make them as they are today - not only in terms of how realistic they are but also the quality. 

Thanks to the use of materials such as silicone and TPE, sex dolls today not only feel almost human-like to the touch but also last you for years as long as you take care of them properly. 

What about custom sex dolls, though? 

Well, it is believed that the first custom doll was commissioned by an artist called Oskar Kokoschka. After Kokoschka split from Alma Mahler, the love of his life, he decided that he didn’t want to be with another person and instead got a doll resembling Alma, going as far as hiring her old seamstress to make clothes for her. 

While the doll was ultimately destroyed by Kokoschka in hopes of forgetting about Alma, there are still paintings and photographs of her available on the internet. 

But, going back to the topic - how did this particular invention affect today’s adult entertainment industry? 

Sex Dolls and the Adult Entertainment Industry

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There are a few main areas in which the impact of sex dolls, or actually of the fact that they became mass-produced and easily accessible, can be noticed. 

Model of Adult Entertainment 

First of all, sex dolls disrupted the traditional model of adult entertainment. Before they became widely available, if someone wanted to satisfy their sexual urges without going through the whole fuss of meeting women naturally, they would usually have to go to a brothel. That often proved to be not only expensive, but many were too embarrassed to ask the ladies to indulge in a kink or a fetish they had. 

Nowadays, thanks to sex dolls, you can explore all the sexual fantasies you want without worrying about what your partner will say about it and without the fear of being judged for what you like. You don’t even have to leave the house to get a realistic sexual experience because of all the advancements sex dolls have gone through in recent years.

Economic Impact 

Furthermore, sex dolls had a huge economic impact on the adult entertainment industry. Due to the increase in the demand for those sex toys, more entrepreneurs decided to jump on the trend and either added sex dolls to the offer of their already existing businesses or they established completely new companies whose main purpose is to manufacture and distribute sex dolls. This created new job opportunities for a number of people. 

Since more and more companies are focusing on entering this specific market, consumers are provided with more options, not only in terms of brands they can choose from but also the products, as each company has its own selection of sex dolls. Additionally, each market is competitive, no matter what they’re focusing on, and sex dolls are no exception.

That competitiveness can lead to further advancements in technology, materials, and designs, as everyone will try to beat the rest by providing consumers with the highest quality products and the broadest selection available. 

Adult Content

Realistic sex dolls also had an impact on adult content. With their rise, there has been a shift towards more realistic and immersive ways of consuming such materials, like virtual reality. This not only provided people with a new and exciting way of engaging with such content but also gave new opportunities to producers who create it. 

Additionally, the fact that many adult movies nowadays use realistically looking sex dolls instead of human performers allowed directors to let their creativity run wilder, coming up with and executing ideas that wouldn’t be possible with human actors and actresses. Thanks to this, they are able to push the boundaries of the adult film genre and provide users with fresh and exciting content. 

Health and Safety

Another thing sex dolls contributed to is improving health and safety, especially when it comes to those who used to have several sexual partners before they invested in a sex doll. Sex dolls are intended for individual use, which means that they reduce the risk of contracting STIs or Sexually Transmitted Infections. As long as the user cleans the sex doll thoroughly and regularly, the chances of it affecting their health negatively are very slim. 


Making sex dolls widely available improves inclusivity. There are plenty of people who, for some reason or another, might have trouble engaging in the traditional sexual experience, be that because of their anxiety, limited mobility, or disability. Thanks to the advancements that the sex doll industry went through to make the love dolls as close to human beings as possible, they are able to have an almost life-like experience without worrying about how their condition will affect their partner. 

Ethical Practices 

Finally, sex dolls can encourage more ethical practices among consumers. By deciding to engage with sex dolls, they can avoid supporting industries that might be associated with the exploitation or mistreatment of those who participate in them. 

The Bottom Line 

Sex dolls had more of an impact on the adult entertainment industry than one could imagine. Not only did they lead to the economic growth of the industry, but they also revolutionized things like the way people consume adult content and the ways in which it is produced. All in all, it is safe to say that the industry wouldn’t look the way it does now if it wasn’t for sex dolls. 

At Silicon Wives, we are determined to provide our clients with only the highest quality products so that they can enjoy this specific invention as much (and for as long) as possible. That’s why all of our dolls are made with either silicone or TPE - both of which feel extremely human-like, and can last you for years as long as you take care of them properly. 

And if you’re worried about your neighbors seeing your delivery, don’t be. We understand that privacy is a crucial factor for many of our customers, which is why we offer discreet shipping. Only you and those who package your order know what’s inside, no one else. 

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at our selection and pick your favorite sex doll to warm your bed and explore your sexual fantasies today. And if none of them fit your preferences in terms of looks, remember that you can always order a custom sex doll.

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