Americans are used to having all of their products regulated. Food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, cars, children’s toys, etc. Everything is tested and tested again and if there ends up being a problem there is a recall. The items that may effect people in negative ways usually come with warnings “do not operate heavy machinery,” “may cause cancer,” “keep out of reach of children.”
Have you ever looked at what it says on the vast majority of sex toy boxes? “For novelty use only.” The sex toy industry is mostly unregulated. Most companies do not test for quality. In fact many put dangerous ingredients/materials into their products. I don’t know these people so I can’t say whether they’re doing this on purpose or if they really don’t know any better. But if these products were regulated they’d be forced to know better because the consumer would have better protections.
For novelty use only means that if you sue the company for any adverse reactions you got from a toy it likely won’t hold up in a court of law because the toys are not meant for sexual or medical purposes. They are novelties that are not meant to see your genitals ever.
Why are these products unregulated? I’d have to say it has a lot to do with the puritanical idea that no one should enjoy pleasure for pleasure’s sake and this is exactly what sex toys provide for people.
This is why it is so important for us as consumers to do our research before we buy. So over the next few weeks I will be educating you all about what products to avoid and what alternatives are available. I will be covering anal desensitizers, phthalates, vaginal shrinking creams, lubricants, and toys that off-gas. If you have sex products you’d like us to weigh in on, let us know in the comments section below!
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