Sex and sexuality are one of the basic drives of humanity. And oftentimes, society neglects the fact that those who are physically disabled have the same emotional and sexual desires as everyone else. 

Even mainstream pornography where pornstars have ‘perfect’ bodies and stamina for days creates a silent message that, the more in-shape your body, the better the sex. And so, the topic of sexuality and disability has almost become a taboo, leaving around 15 percent of the world’s population struggling to fulfill their sexual needs.

But really, there are few pleasures in life as good as an orgasm. And everybody deserves to be experience climax, sex, sexuality, sensuality, and the feeling of being embraced. 

Which is why designers, Hsin-Jou Huang,Szu-Ying Lai, and Chia-Ning Hsu in Taiwan are developing a sex aid kit called Ripple, a bodysuit that aims to destigmatize sexuality and disability, and create a sexy and passionate experience for those who are physically disabled. 

These designers said:

“The right for disabled people to fulfill their sexual needs has been ignored, and is considered a taboo in some regions. In Taiwan, under its conservative social atmosphere about sex, the family of the person with a disability still discriminate on the issue of the right to sex.” 

They continued:

“Therefore, Ripple provides the protection of privacy to the disabled and reduces the involvement of the caregiver, which can raise the willingness to support the disabled to fulfill their sexual needs. The kit aims to give the same amount of attention to the sexual rights of disabled people that is given to non-disabled people. Users can rely on Ripple to suffice their needs mentally and physically.”

So, how does this high tech suit work? It is made up of three parts: a vest-type garment that goes over the torso and thighs, an eye mask, and wireless headphones. 

The vest-type garment is packed with air cushions that inflate, giving the user the experience of being touched in erogenous zones, as well as attachments that stimulate the genitals using different vibrations and pressure.

The eye mask is a way for the user to drown out external noise and artificial light, and to focus on their pleasure. This mask too releases pheromones which can trigger arousal and lower feelings of anxiety.

The headphones, which are integrated into the mask, play ASMR sounds to induce a more relaxed state.

And while all of these features are super amazing, the cherry on top is the fact that this bodysuit inflates at the end of use to mimic that of a hug while other cushions inflate to create a feeling of being embraced after climax.

The designers created this sex aid in the form of a bodysuit to make it easier for carers to put on and remove, as it doesn’t involve anything too out of the ordinary from their everyday tasks. 

"By doing so, the caregiver feels less embarrassed when assisting since they’re simply helping the disabled person to put on/take off the clothes,” the designers said.

This bodysuit also comes with a remote so that the user can control the vibrations and stimulation (either pre-set or during playtime), and a separate device for the carer to be alerted at any time or at the end of the session. A truly innovative and empowering creation! 

Other Masturbation Tips for Physically Challenged Individuals

Ripple is not the only piece of equipment that can assist those living with physical disabilities. There are other props and gadgets that can enhance and improve sexuality for those who seek it.

Depending on the severity of the disability, one could consider:

  • A wedge: this is a firm piece of sex furniture that props up certain parts of the body, making it more comfortable.  

  • Sex toys with an ergonomic handle: this kind of toy will give the user a better grip and maximize hand capacity.

  • A remote-controlled sex toy: items like wearable panty vibrators that come with remote control, or perhaps a masturbation sleeve.

  • A powerchair: for those who use a powerchair wheelchair, using the tilt function can help the user engage in a bit of self-exploration.

At the end of the day, we’re living in a society that’s continuously evolving. And while we have come a long way, there are still miles and miles to go. 

By introducing sexual aids like Ripple, a conversation can begin so that we can start to remove the taboo factor of disability and sexuality. 

This design could potentially revolutionize the way physically disabled persons experienced sexuality, making lives better all over the world. and that’s the world we should all strive to live in.