Though it seems like another lifetime ago, it was only last month that I went to Edinburgh, Scotland to attend a conference about vulvar and vaginal health. On my way back home – well, actually by way of New York – I stopped to use the airport ladies room before boarding my morning flight. I was almost out the door of the ladies’ when I noticed that the vending machines sold two types of small Durex vibrators. That’s right: women in the Edinburgh ladies room can buy period products (like tampons) or they can buy a vibrator. Amazing options, eh? Especially if one is about to board an 8 hour flight all by her lonesome.
Now contrast that with the vending machines in US airport ladies rooms that sell tampons, menstrual pads, lip balm, breath freshener and pain pills. And no, not pain pills because we get period-related cramps but because we live in a country that doesn’t sell vibrators as conveniently as in the ladies vending and it gives us all a headache that these disparities of pleasure exist.
Case in point: Edinburgh vending machines above and American vending machines (sadly sans vibrators) below: