As unlikely as it sounds, Thailand, known worldwide for its prosperous sex industry and its tolerant attitude towards sex -- is one of the last remaining countries in the world where sex toys are illegal, along with Saudi Arabia and India.
Now feminist, pro-LGBT and sexual health campaigner Nisarat Jongwisan has taken up the challenge to get the sex toy ban reversed.
Nisarat decided on this coure of action during a visit to Australia when she walked into a sex shop for the first time. She recalled thinking:
A Land of Toys opened up in front of her eyes. Why can't I have the same privilege of buying whatever makes me feel good?
She came back to Bangkok carrying her first personal vibrator -- along with a new desire, to start a fight to decriminalise sex toys for the happiness and safety of my people. And, along with that, to encourage sex-positivity in Thailand where
words such as orgasm and climax are banned from public speech.
The first knockback came from her friends and even her boyfriend: They thought what I was doing was wrong. They didn't want to know or talk about my new, happy sex life. It makes you look like a bad person. But Nisarat carried on and launched a
petition to ask the amendment of the 287 Section removing sex toys from pornographic items.
A little-known political party competing in next week's Thai general election revealed one of its priority proposals for Thailand was to legalise the production and sale of sex toys.
The Tai Rak Tham party also proposed 24 hour opening for entertainment venues.
Deputy leader Chitsanupong Trairatrangsri said the party wished to emphasise the policy as the country has a huge amount of rubber which was the raw material for sex toys. Therefore, if the production of sex toys was allowed in Thailand, it would
add value to the rubber trade, he said.
Swedish feminists are on the war path against sex robots. They claim such android sex workers promote dangerous attitudes towards women.
Writing in the Expressen newspaper, the heads of three Swedish feminist organizations argued that the appearance and attributes of today's sex robots bore the same objectifying, sexualized and degrading attitude that was found in mainstream
The organizations behind the letter were the Sweden's Women's Lobby, the National Organisation for Women's Shelters and Young Women's Shelters (Roks), and Unizon, a women's empowerment group.
They argued that the female robots lacked any agency when it came to dealing with the requests of male clients. They also warned that the type of fantasies made possible by the opening of sex robot brothels would lead to real violence against
The activists are now calling for the Swedish government to implement a series of measures that would make it difficult for such a brothel to open in Sweden.