Josey Vogols also provides a bit of practical information:
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has no official policy when it comes to
traveling with sex toys, and while their website lists hundreds of items that are and aren't allowed in your carry on -- Yaqua blowguns: illegal; snow globes: legal -- there is no mention of anything even remotely sex-toy related.
I called the 1-800 number to inquire if I could bring vibrators and lube in my carry-on for an upcoming lecture in another city. The lube would be fine as long as it was 100ml or less. The vibrators? Also fine as long as I didn't pack spare batteries in
my checked luggage. Handcuffs and whips? One second ma'am, I'll have to check. When he came back on the line, he told me that only cops and security people can bring handcuffs on board. The cuffs and whips would have to go in my checked bag. Good to
know. Thank you sir. No problem ma'am. Have a nice day.
The Transportation Safety Administration has decreed that vibrators are OK. The TSA says whips, chains, leashes, restraints and manacles are OK, too. Any
law-abiding citizen has the right to carry any such device onto an airplane.
TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said passengers could save time with a little common sense. Inspectors are doing their job. They are trained professionals and they know a
vibrator when they see one. They will not confiscate a vibrator. But they are trained to pay attention to electronic devices. Inspectors inspect, he said. If you don't want us to see it, don't bring it.
Passengers carrying certain
X-rated objects that are defined as club-like should place them in checked luggage. This applies to anatomically correct cylinders of roughly a foot or so in length. Melendez said such cylinders or shafts would fall within the broad category that
includes billy clubs, black jacks, brass knuckles, nunchakus and martial arts weapons. All of those items are OK in checked luggage but not in carry-on luggage.
Shorter cylindrical items could very well be legal, however. They would fall
into the tool category. The TSA says screwdrivers, wrenches and other hand tools may be brought aboard in carry-on luggage if they are less than 7 inches in length. In other words, according to the TSA, size matters.
When I sat watching Uta, a soft-spoken teacher and practitioner of Taoist sexual arts, tell a small group of women about popping a tiny jade egg attached to a wee little string up one's punani as a sort of vaginal maintenance, I was sceptical.
Of course, I was a firm believer in Kegel exercises and diligently squeezed and contracted from sphincter to clit at every available moment. But this seemed far more natural than challenging my lady bits with accessories like jade
eggs or ben wa balls. Images of lazy Thai dancers blowing trumpets with their love muscles flashed before my eyes and made mine retract a bit. I mean, who needs fanny weight training right? Well...
Your vagina is an elastic,
muscular canal and, like all muscles, can be toned and strengthened. And there are many reasons you might want to do this.
As for the techie angle , Erotica fails to impress. This year's most pervasive bit of new kit appeared to be an all-in-one system for intimate female shaving. Useful -- but not especially erotic.
The only truly
innovative product appeared to be the little rooster , a new concept in early morning alarm calls -- albeit mostly for the ladies. For this is an alarm-cum-vibrator, that fits neatly inside your knickers and wakes you, according to the sales blurb
gradually, sensually . It is ideal for heavy sleepers and perfectly safe, as the assistant explained: I've been wearing mine all week, and it's not the least bit uncomfortable .
Sex toys never get tired and are always conveniently to hand. So it is little surprise that many women are convinced their partners are threatened by sex toys.
But the belief is a myth, according to new research, which has found that the idea is
mostly held by women, not their boyfriends or husbands.
A study of over 3,000 people in the U.S. by Indiana University revealed that 70% of men actually have no problem with women using vibrators. In contrast, nearly 40% of women said they
believed use of sex toys would upset their boyfriend or husband.
Nearly half of the total respondents were strongly in favour of the positive statements about sex toys. Less than 10% felt the same way about negative statements, such as, [using
vibrators] makes women too dependent on them for pleasure , with the remaining percentage issuing indifferent responses.
Participants, who were aged 18-60, either agreed or strongly agreed with statements put to them by researchers, such as,
[vibrators] make it easier for a woman to have an orgasm , and [vibrators are] a healthy part of many women's sex lives. Men and women were given the same questions.
Debra Herbenick, lead researcher and associate director at Indiana
University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion says her findings demonstrate how important it is for couples to share sexual interests with their partners.
She told LiveScience:
This builds on a lot of previous
research that has shown that feeling like you can be intimate with your partner - that you can share things with them about your sexual desires and interests - is very important to a couple's sexual life and a woman's sexual satisfaction.
It's not just the vibrator use but being able to share those parts of your sexuality with your partner that matters.
There's one Hitachi product you won't see at the company's trade shows and conventions - its Magic Wand massager. The Hitachi Magic Wand was originally designed in the 70s as a two-speed muscle massager, but it soon became clear this
mains-powered electric vibrator was incredible for intimate, as well as deep-tissue, massage. Renowned as one of the most powerful vibrators ever invented, it quickly made its way into bedrooms the world over. However, Hitachi shy away from promoting or
featuring the product.
In a further blow, the product has now been banned by miserable EU bureaucrats on the grounds that it has now CE kiitemark. Trading SubStandards have been searching sex toy warehouses and stopping the sale of the appliance
within the entire EU.
LoveHoney have taken advantage of the ban and produced their own UK-friendly version.
The Lovehoney Mains Powered Magic Wand Vibrator is now available to soothe and stimulate. What's great about this wand is that it
has a UK plug, meaning it's perfectly designed for totally safe use in the UK with no loss of power. Stylishly designed with a quality build, this toy is a brilliant way to experience the iconic magic wand sex toy for yourself.
The Lovehoney Mains
Powered Magic Wand Vibrator delivers intense stimulation to your intimate spots with its range of delectable vibration speeds. Designed to access those hard-to-reach areas with a flexible head, this new legend delivers pleasure on demand.
Lovehoney Magic Wand Vibrator is part of the new Lovehoney own-brand range of sex toys.
California Exotic Novelties releases the innovative new Rotator Masturbator. A handheld masturbator that rotates and spins as it delivers unparalleled satisfaction, it's a revolutionary product destined to change the way men look at sex toys.
Susan Colvin, President of California Exotic Novelties, says,
Our design team did a lot of research to create a masturbator like no other. One that is substantial, provides ultimate satisfaction, and is masculine in design. The Rotator Masturbator is all that and more.
The Rotator Masturbator features
120 non-jamming beads that rotate under a textured silicone sleeve. It has seven powerful functions of rotation, including reversible patterns. An independent five-speed controller has an easy on/off switch that is intuitive and ergonomic. It's
water-proof and easy to clean.
Sometimes it seems like the ladies have all the fun because there are so many types of vibrators and massagers made for her pleasure. This amazing masturbator is all for the fellas! It's like nothing I've ever
seen before and will surely garner great sales! says Jackie White, Vice President of Sales for California Exotic Novelties.
Luxury sex toy innovator Je Joue has officially revealed the first three designs in a new product range.
First in the series is MiMi with a revamped three-button interface that provides access to its seven pulsation functions without having to
adjust the vibration speed in the process. This thoughtful design adjustment makes Mimi the most versatile elegantly discreet massager in the luxury market with.
Next is Uma, a beautiful and powerful take on the traditional. Uma is a slender
insertable massager with enough girth to provide the full feeling users crave with a slight curve for gentle G-spot stimulation. It features the same interface as its little sister MiMi.
The final form is FiFi, an innovative design inspired by the
iconic rabbit vibrator. Featuring three independent motors and a wide head designed for G-spot massage, FiFi offers ears that function separately via individual motors. Again it features the MiMi control interface.