Tuesday, March 07, 2006

No longer Taboo...boo

There's an interesting article from the AP about certain vending machines that have been popping up in British bars, health clubs, and hair salons. The pink-colored "Tabooboo" vending machines sell sex toys like mini vibrators, and they'd previously been found in public restrooms, "under the assumption that such settings gave buyers some privacy." Makes sense, I guess.

But here's a weird quote from Geoff Todd, the manager of a London bar:
"Some people use it just because it's in the bar. Some make a special journey, maybe because they are to embarrassed to go into a sex shop," Todd was quoted as saying by Monday's The Guardian newspaper.
Ah, yes. Because it's much less embarrassing to buy sex toys from a machine in front of your friends, co-workers, and neighbors than it is to do so in the relative anonymity (so I'm told by, er, reliable sources) of the local porno store.
"The younger generation isn't phased by sex toys. They don't believe they equal pornography. Vending machines allow them to buy such products anonymously without going to a seedy sex shops to do so," [Tabooboo managing director Alan] Lucas said.
Right. Because you wouldn't want to look like some kind of pervert when you're buying a sex toy.


Muslihoon said...

Indeed. Strange that people won't want to go to a sex store (are they all seedy?) but are willing to buy naughty toys in front of many strangers. Plus, where will they keep the stuff between buying it and using it?

Anonymous said...

These machines are great, I have seen a few in London and must confress to making a purchase. Welcome to the new generation Britain!!