Margaret Thatcher considered banning sex toys using an anti-pornography law as part of a public decency morality drive in the 1980s.
Documents released by the National Archives reveal that the former prime minister was persuaded to consider a change in the law by the anti-obscenity campaigner Mary Whitehouse, whom she met on two occasions.
Leon Brittan, seemingly well versed about depravity law, and the home secretary at the time, wrote to Thatcher noting that there was a strong case to be made for banning sex toys under obscenity laws.
In September 1986 he wrote claiming that:
Some of the items in circulation are most objectionable, including some which can cause physical injury.
He felt that sex toys could fall within the scope of the deprave and corrupt test of the 1959 Obscene Publications Act.
Thatcher asked Brittan to prepare a new test, which could set a new bar for what could be considered to offend good taste or public decency. But Brittan felt that taste was too imprecise a concept for the courts to be able to arbitrate on and the
plan was abandoned.
A British firm has launched what it claims to be the sexiest sleep-aid ever - a sex dream machine!
Little Rooster, the creators of the alarm clock panty vibrator say they have invented a sex dream machine. Dream Rooster works by vibrating in the underwear while the user sleeps. Says inventor Tony Maggs:
I realised a sex dream machine was possible when my customers told me that Little Rooster, the world's first alarm clock that wakes you by vibrating in your underwear, was giving them erotic dreams. Little Rooster stimulates you for about two
minutes before waking you up. Dream Rooster can stimulate you for several hours!
Women simply slip Dream Rooster into their underwear before going to bed. The vibrating leg rests against the clitoris and between the labial lips and the wide, flat body stabilises Dream Rooster by resting inside the underwear, against the
Men insert their penis and testicles through the ring. The ring both helps hold Dream Rooster in place and also transmits stimulation. Dream Rooster is held against the user's front by their underwear.
There's an interesting themed bar in Tokyo. Love Joule , in Tokyo's A Shibuya district is a love and sex bar dedicated to women or rather dedicated to women getting off.
Customers and their boyfriends can come and browse sex toys and discuss the best ones. You can buy a cocktail then browse a wall of sex toys featuring Lelo toys, silicone vibrators and anal plugs. You can down a shot and then talk Kegel balls.
A giant inflatable butt plug has been destroyed by vandals in Paris.
The 80 foot art work was installed at Place Vendome and was claimed to be a 'tree' by the artist Paul McCarthy. Past artwork by McCarthy seems to suggest that he has a somewhat erotic sense of humour and a tree is an an unlikely
Tragedy struck late on Friday night when the ambiguous structure was attacked and deflated.
A police spokesman said:
Individuals have severed the cables that hold the sculpture in place, taking advantage of a momentary lack of a security guard.
Farnce's Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, called the vandalism a n attack on creative freedom as well as a physical attack on the artist himself.
Sex dolls used to be inflatable and made of vinyl or latex and had only a passing resemblance to reality. Most of the more sophisticated dolls we see now are created by artist Matt McMullen, who about a decade ago was experimenting with materials
for sculpture. He started working on a lifelike silicone female mannequin and documented the progress on his website He then became inundated with requests if they could be used as sex dolls.
The demand was so strong that he decided to make the dolls anatomically correct and the extremely life-like RealDoll.com was born . Over the years, the company has perfected the dolls to make them look even more realistic; they are
custom-produced with a variety of wigs, skin and eye colour, genitalia type and size, and other body proportions. A basic doll retails for $6000 upwards.
The movie Lars and The Real Girl features a RealDoll, with an extensive scene showing the RealDoll.com website. However, Lars didn't order the doll to use as a sex toy. He acts as if she is human, by giving her a name, Bianca, and
pretending she is his girlfriend. He introduces her to his family and the people in his small community. Lars is very concerned to keep the relationship between him and Bianca pure, and she sleeps next door with his brother and sister-in-law. The
story may sound a bit silly but it's an endearing movie and has a lovely ending.
Apparently RealDolls are quite popular in Australia. Dr Cathleen Maslen from the University of Western Australia has studied the RealDoll subculture and believes that despite the sexual marketing, not all the men who order them perceive their
dolls as sexual objects. Some men view them as an alternative to having a relationship and take pleasure in buying them clothes and dressing them up. McMullen believes that for men without a choice, or with social interaction problems, having a
doll as a companion or for physical needs is better than having no one.
In Japan, a high-tech industry is constantly looking at ways to make dolls look more real. The dolls have realistic-to-touch skin and authentic-looking eyes, and some have moveable joints. They are sold under the name of Dutch Wives, a reference
to hand-sewn leather masturbation puppets made by the 17th -century Dutch sailors who were trading with the Japanese.
Lovehoney.co.uk asked what insights Jon Millward could discover hiding in their anonymised sales data from 4.5 million transactions in the last 10 years.
The average Lovehoney customer spends a little over six minutes perusing ten pages of the site. When they place an order, they spend ?35 . Men on average spend ?5.73 (19%) more per order than women. 1 in 5 customers chooses to pay extra for next
day delivery. Men are a bit keener than women to get their packages the following day: 23% of male customers choose the speedy option, compared to 19% of women. Half of women and one-third of men who place an order with Lovehoney buy a vibrator.
Japanese sex dolls are now so life-like that they come with authentic-looking eyes and skin that feels real to touch.
One maker, Orient Industry, will even customise a doll to your exact requirements so you can choose her bust size, hair colour, eyes and everything about her right down to moveable fingers.
The company says its new range of dolls, made of high quality silicone, are so good they are being mistaken for real women and boasts that anyone who buys one will never want a proper girlfriend again.
The dolls are sold under the name Dutch Wives', which is a Japanese term for a sex doll. Priced at a little over £ 1,000 each, sales suggest they are a roaring success.
Company spokesman Osami Seto said:
The two areas we identified as really needing improvement were the skin and the eyes. We feel we have finally got something that is arguably not distinguishable from the real thing.
Spring 2015 will see the release of Bondara's SexFit, a wearable device which claims to be able to measure and track your sexual performance.
Fitting onto the penis like a standard cock ring, the WiFi-enabled SexFit provides a number of straightforward functions like vibration and restriction of blood flow. LED lights will pulse in rhythm acting like a metronome.
The device will track key metrics such as calories burned, time spent and thrusts per minute. This data can be stored and uploaded to the internet for Social media sharing.
Crave's Vesper is a slim, stainless steel vibrator that doubles as a pendant. The titillating necklace comes in silver, rose gold-plated and 24k gold-plated varieties, starting at $49.
The nail-shaped necklace has low, medium and high vibrating modes, is USB rechargeable and is described as whisper quiet.
As a necklace, it has sleek and minimal lines that enable this product to be both a subtle fashion statement as well as a statement piece, depending on your mood and outfit, says designer Ti Chang, who founded the company with entrepreneur
Crave is currently taking pre-orders for the product, which comes with free engraving for messages under 60 characters.
A sharp rise in the sale of sex toys has been reported in the UK as Brits celebrate National Orgasm Day.
Sex toy retailer Ann Summers told the Daily Star after a thorough research in sales of their saucy products. it was found that there has been a sharp spike since last week's advertisement hit the internet.
The combined effects of celebrating National Orgasm Day and recent release of the Fifty Shades of Grey promo have jointly contributed to these roaring sales of kinky toys. Specifically, bondage-style accessories have witnessed increased
Ann Summers said that within an hour of the trailer release, there was a 55% surge in web traffic which was followed by sale of more than 500 pairs of handcuffs.
The trailer of the upcoming erotic film Fifty Shades of Grey is hopefully set to spark a 1 million pound boom in the UK sex toy industry.
The Daily Star reported that the film will play in generating estimated average sex toy sales of 2 pound per adult over the course of the next year.
Lovehoney, who is the official supplier of all Fifty Shades sex toy merchandise, will be releasing a new range of toys to tie in with the movie which is out on Valentine's Day and are expecting a surge in sales and a bondage bonanza .
A new sex toy featuring an in-built camera aims to help women perform health checks and watch for any changes that could indicate an STI or health problem.
The technology, which was created by Svakom, a US-based company, claims to give women a 'multi-sensory' experience, while allowing them to keep a check on their health.
The Gaga, as it is known, aims to provide pleasure with information. The design comes with a USB charger cable for a laptop or smartphone app allowing women to perform personal check-ups. The Gaga can also be controlled by another person using
its wireless app.
The new technology aims to help women learn what is normal for them, and look out for any abnormal changes, which could imply a health problem or STI.
The online store Oliver & Eva has unveiled a Suarez nipple clamp in the form of the footballer's head, teeth bared, for 33 euros ($45). According to the website, the pressure of the bite can be adjusted depending on the mood .
Maybe (Suarez) will be proud to spread a bit of pleasure and love, despite his error on the field, store director Tobias Lundqvist said in a statement.
The store was inspired after Suarez chomped down on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during a June 24 World Cup match.
Interactive Life Forms, makers of Fleshlight brand products, the world's leading male sex toy, has announced the release of its newest innovative accessory, the Fleshlight LaunchPAD.
The Fleshlight LaunchPAD securely holds the popular Apple iPad as well as a Fleshlight or Flight product enabling the user to enjoy the full Fleshlight experience while enjoying content or communicating live with a friend via applications like
Facetime or Skype. The unique placement of the Fleshlight product in relationship to the iPad allows the user to fully immerse himself in POV - Point of View - pornographic content.
Brian Shubin, COO of Interactive Life Forms, said:
Annual tablet sales are now surpassing the number of PC sales with an estimated 70 million iPads being sold across the US in 2013 alone. The Fleshlight LaunchPAD is a great addition to the current Fleshlight owner's experience.
The sex toy trade is blossoming across Africa as people become increasingly relaxed with the idea of buying them, but most governments are behind the times, and out of step with the desires of the people.
You don't need to be a private detective to discover that sex toys are bought, sold and used almost anywhere you care to look in Africa. At the same time though, the sale of sex toys is illegal in many countries where they're being sold, although
some governments are seemingly relying on social shame -- which is fading fast -- as a means of regulation.
Basically, what seems to be happening is that the governments are anti-sex toys, but the people aren't. The Internet has made it easier for anyone who wants a sex toy to bypass the law, but it's importers who shoulder the risks, since they're the
ones likely to have their good seized at Customs. This probably accounts for the relatively high prices of sex toys in many countries.
Countries such as Zimbabwe and Mauritius have actively said no to bedroom trinkets but, being popular holiday destinations, there are websites that offer tips on how to sneak your sex toy in when going on holiday.
Sex toys are very much legal in South Africa. In fact the country now has one of the most liberal constitutional and legal frameworks in the world on matters sexual. You cannot throw a stone anywhere in the country without hitting an Adult World.
Incidentally, the chain, which has 60 stores nationwide, is currently embroiled in a tiff with the ANC for opening a store opposite Parliament in Cape Town.
Taboo surrounding sex toys in Kenya has pretty much faded, especially in Nairobi where more and more sex shops are opening. Kenyan laws prohibit the sale of pornography and obscene materials, but according to Nairobi lawyer Humprey
Manyange, there is no law in Kenya that prohibits the sale, distribution or circulation of sex toys under the Penal Code or any other law.
Sex toys on are not so openly available In Zimbabwe. The law covering sex toys and peep shows in Zimbabwe is confusing. According to Zimbabwe Revenue Authority's director of legal and corporate services Florence Jambwa, the importation of the
toys into the country is prohibited under the Customs and Excise Act. However, Censorship Board secretary Isaac Chiranganyika said whoever intended to import or trade in sex toys had to seek permission from the board. He also said, Anyone who
wants to do that business should first bring them [toys] to our offices for [testing and] approval.
Sex toys are contraband in Nigeria, at least according to government officials. Nevertheless they are starting to become more popular in the country, even in the northern States that abide by Sharia law. Either government officials have enough
wahala on their hands to add chasing after sex toy importers to the list or they know they'll be onto a losing battle if they do.
There are shops selling sex toys in Ghana, offline (in Accra, at least; some street hawkers even sell them) and online (Area 51, GH erotic; you can even WhatsApp your order), though, again, the government considers sex toys obscene and
have been known to close down sex shops.
And women in Swaziland throw product parties, and have been calling on the government for years to legalise the sale of sex toys, stating that there's no valid reason why women should be deprived of their inviolable right to choose how
they pleasure themselves.
It seems that Africans are sending the message: Governments, we want our sex toys, and we will get them any way we can, whether you like it or not!
Yet quite why no one has really thought of Pulse is baffling - effectively a vibrating sheath that can be slipped on like a glove (or a sock) around the penis , whether or not it is erect.
It's the invention of brand new company Hot Octopuss , founded by friends Julia Margo and Adam Lewis, as a response to a growing demand for male sex toys. It can also be used solo or a deux, depending on your preference.
The state of the art PULSE male masturbator is a beautifully crafted piece of gadgetry, enveloping your full length and massaging the frenulum with powerful oscillations. USB rechargeable and powered by patented by PulsePlate technology. Perfect
for hands-free shared or solo use, this futuristic stroker features expanding silicone wings for a snug, sensual fit. Drizzle with your favourite water-based lubricant to enjoy this male sex toy at its sexy best.
A customer is suing the city of Sandy Springs in Georgia over an ordinance that requires people to have a prescription, or a medical or scientific reason, to buy a sexual device.
Melissa Davenport and her attorney, Gerry Weber, filed the suit because they want the government out of the business of regulating private lives. She told a reporter that the sex toys saved her marriage and that's why she filed the lawsuit.
The ordinance in question prohibits the selling of sexual devices unless the customers have a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose. This means people need a doctor's prescription, or some
kind of proof of medical need before being able to buy sex toys.
Weber says the ordinance violated the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which provides a right to privacy.
Lovehoney report that sales of sex toys to men have soared since the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2012. Written by British E L James, it's sold over 100 million copies worldwide and is currently being made into a very
softcore Hollywood film.
Grey, a gorgeous billionaire with a Red Room for his BDSM antics, has inspired British men to be better and more adventurous in bed, according to Love Honey.
They credit the book's phenomenal success and - the TV show Sex and the City - for transforming the male sex toy market, which is now worth a staggering £10 million a year and is predicted to be the fastest growing sector of the sex
toy industry in 2014. Tracey Cox working with LoveHoney says:
Sales of male sex toys have been steadily increasing over the last decade and it is the fastest growing sector in the market.
We think lots of men will try out these new toys in the hope of improving their performance in bed. And lots of women will buy the products for their partners for the same reason!
Cox highlights a range of male sex toys including: the Adjustable Stamina Ring, a silicone ring designed to make erections last longer and look more impressive and the Stamina Ring Set, doughnut-shaped rings in three sizes for contrasting
tightness and intensity. Finally, the Intense Stimulation Stamina Sleeve is used to intensify 'solo sex and Extreme Sensation Personal Lubricant can be used safely on both men and women.
With the temperature slowly rising across Britain, couples all over are making it a very kinky spring in anticipation for one of the naughtiest summers since records began.
It seems as though there's more than one catalyst for ladies and gentlemen all over to get a little frisky this year, with the growing trend of taking sex toys to festivals and the pending World Cup getting every man out there hot under the
collar, both being decisive factors. Furthermore, with the growing variety of adult toys on the market and social acceptance towards their use added to the mix, comes a cauldron of kinkiness, which looks set to explode somewhere around August.
It was reported last year of the sharp rise of sex toys being taken to festivals, with happy campers looking for a bit of fun in the sun.