A storm in a vibrator?

Woolworths, that wonderful supermarket had decided to stock vibrator then, after a few complaints, decided to unstock them (if that is a word?) http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sex-toys-canned-woolies-bites-the-bullet-and-dumps-vibrators-20130928-2ul6i.html

This brings up a few issues, none of which are of national concern but interesting to a few of us. Of course for on line retailers for us this is good news, the less competition the better, OR would the fact that vibrators have become so mainstream that woollies are stocking them be great for everyone in the industry?

Another issue which I am surprised that no-one has commented on is what was this bullet vibrator like? I am sure that it probably wasn’t the type of item to stay in your top drawer forever (given that the price was $24.95) and was it made from body safe materials? It would be a shame for someones’ first experience of a vibrator to be one that is not very powerful or safe, and that it breaks on the third outing.

The lobby groups that asked for the vibrator to be removed argued that there is enough sexualisation in society as it is. This is something which I wholeheartedly agree with. However, I suspect that the selling of lads magazines, Bratz dolls and certain types of underwear in our supermarkets contributes far more to this that the sale of a vibrator. After all the main message that you get from a vibrator is that sex is something which is pleasurable and to be enjoyed by both women and men either as a couple or as alone. It certainly does not objectify women is any way. (This also is one of the reasons that we do not stock any items which have images of scantily clad women on them).

I tend to agree that these products should not be stocked on supermarkets shelves, not only out of self-interest, or because it is not the most appropriate place but because the two major supermarkets in this country have enough of a duopoly in a myriad of categories without venturing into this one as well. In addition considering what a vibrator is used for it is best to make sure that you are purchasing one which is body safe which I suspect you would not find at Woolworths.