Sainsbury's has just expanded their own-brand range to include a few affordable sex toys for women. The range is priced between £8-12. We don't know about you, but at that price we'd definitely toss them in our trolley.
The new line of sex toys includes three vibrators. There's a couple of bullets and a bigger silver vibrator that run at different speeds.
They're being sold at most stores at the moment, with an eye to have the bullets across all 486 UK stores by November 4.
And in the US, we've reached a point where mainstream retailers feel completely comfortable stocking quality vibrators, not just in their digital warehouses but on the shelves of their brick-and-mortar stores. Just this month, PlusOne, a new line
of premium sex toys, debuted at Walmart stores around the country, marking the first time that the retailer has carried high quality, rechargeable vibrators on the shelves of its brick-and-mortar stores.
PlusOne offers customers an entirely different option. A dedicated pleasure brand, it makes no bones about the purpose of its products -- yet its design is far classier than, say, that suction cup dildo on Walmart's website. And with waterproof
silicone exteriors and rechargeable batteries, it's a step up in quality from the Trojan products currently stocked in store, all while been sold at a significantly lower price point than either the Trojan products or the more luxe offerings
available at a store like Babeland. PlusOne's rechargeable bullet offering retails for less than $10; in contrast, a battery-powered Trojan bullet vibrator for a little over $30, and the NYTC rechargeable bullet vibe is available at Babeland for
just shy of $25.
Sweden is looking into introducing safety standards for sex toys after a study revealed a growing number of Swedes were forced to seek medical help after the items got lodged in their rectums.
In one Stockholm hospital alone, 73 people over a seven-year period sought emergency medical care for foreign objects stuck in the rectum.
The most commonly lodged objects were dildos and butt plugs, which the study by a southern Stockholm hospital found were present in just over 40% of cases. In the remainder, a variety of other objects, including candles, bottles and vegetables
were found, though the report noted that the incidents leading to the accidents were almost always linked to sexual pleasure.
What's more, the authors noted that the true figure of sex toy retention was likely even higher than the study suggests, given reluctance to seek care for a potentially embarrassing condition. They also suggested that a safety string or
adequate-sized stopper could have prevented many of the affected patients from retaining the items.
The SIS' proposal for sex toy standards will be submitted to the International Organization for Standardization in the hope that it will be adopted by other countries.
A traveller to the distinctly unfriendly Texas town of Crockett (which bills itself as The Cleanest, Friendliest City in Texas) fell victim to an unfriendly ban on sex toys.
For some reason the guy was targeted by county police, who asked if they could search his hotel room. The man, apparently being under the impression that he'd committed no crime, consented to the search.
They found a laptop bag containing 11 sex toys -- so they promptly busted him under Texas' Obscene Device Law which states, A person who possesses six or more obscene devices or identical or similar obscene articles is presumed to possess them
with intent to promote the same.
Now, many people are under the impression that the legality of sex toys in Texas was settled back in February of 2008, when a US appeals court ruled that a ban on sex toys was unconstitutional. However, the promotion of obscene devices would
remain illegal in 20 counties.
So while Alabama is now the only state with an official prohibition on selling or possessing sex toys, those planning to travel to Texas with their dildos or strokers might want to limit the selection they bring.
The Biennial of International Performance Art and Noise took place in Croydon recently with an array of bizarre sex toys and avant-garde performers. The festival programme explained:
Always sculptural and gracefully schizophrenic, each sex toy will embrace a different mood, from poignant to playful. The actions and objects are designed to enrapture rather than repel, in an effort to demystify the anus.
One performance, by Arianna Ferrari, saw the artist taking laxatives and lying down on stage. She then urinated and defecated uncontrollably in a display supposedly meant to allow the body to manifest itself. During the display, she had a
microphone attached to her belly so the sound of her bowel movements could be blared out.
Another performance by Joseph Ravens - who once appeared on TV's America's Got Talent - involved multiple butt plugs.
Arts Council England, which is funded by the lottery, paid out £38,000 to support the event . And Croydon Council added another £10,000 in funding for the festival.
James Price of the Taxpayers' Alliance whinged to The Sun:
Croydon council, like councils across the country, have raised council tax year on year, and now we can see where some of that money is going.
Turin authorities closed a new sex doll brothel after just nine days citing hygiene concerns and other offences. All eight of the dolls have been seized for forensic examination by the authorities.
Until its sudden closure on Wednesday, LumiDolls in Torino, northwestern Italy charged clients Euro 80 ($90) for 30 minutes of alone time with the hyper realistic dolls which cost roughly 2,000 euro each..
Authorities are concerned over hygiene at the establishment and also insufficient information on the materials the dolls were made from and their country of manufacture. The brothel owners claim that they clean the dolls for two hours once a
client has finished with them.
Police are also fishing around for other offences, whether the brothel breached Italian laws on renting out accommodation and alleged but unspecified illegal activity.
LumiDolls franchise began in Spain and boasts sex doll brothels in Barcelona and Moscow.