10 things you can do with a sex toy
The title of this article is actually an actual quote.
The author was speaking about a recent report that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had banned the sale of sex toys that “could lead to sexually transmitted infections, which is bad news for the future of sex.”
The report, published on December 8, 2017, suggested that the FDA had been unfairly blocking the sale and promotion of sex toy devices because they may not be FDA-approved devices for sexual activity.
The report stated that the devices could lead to sexual transmission of STDs because they are “generally believed to contain a lot of materials, including materials with active ingredients such as lube and lube lubricants, which can be transmitted through sexual contact.”
The FDA, however, denied that there were any safety concerns related to the devices and asserted that the agency was only regulating the use of the devices for certain purposes.
This prompted the hashtag #10thingsyoucandowithasextoy to grow rapidly, with many of the users claiming that they were going to use their sex toys to perform “sex acts with their hands and genitals,” as well as “toying up” with their partner.
The original report, however was not the first time the FDA’s sex toy ban was a topic of discussion.
In April 2017, The Washington Post reported that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had issued a letter to manufacturers, urging them to voluntarily remove products with “erotic materials” from the market.
According to the report, the FDA also issued warnings in 2015 against “erotically suggestive” toys, and in 2016 against “toys that feature objects, such as toys or toys-shaped or other objects, that could cause discomfort.”
In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement calling the FDA “outrageously mischaracterizing the risks of these products.”
The FTC, however — as well, the report suggests — has never issued a similar statement about sex toys.
In fact, a spokesperson for the FTC said that they had not yet received any information about any consumer complaints regarding sexual products that could be harmful.
We have contacted the FDA to ask whether it has received any complaints regarding the use or misuse of sex and/or oral sex toys, which may be harmful, and we will update this story when we learn more.
The FDA has a history of banning products, even ones deemed by experts to be harmful or even dangerous, from the marketplace.
In February 2018, for example, the agency announced that it was banning a “sex toy that has been used to induce orgasm in a person who has a condition known as paraphilia.”
A few months later, it announced that its sexual health advisory panel had recommended that the Food and Drugs Administration (FDSA) review a “treatments for sexual and paraphilic dysfunction” that it had already approved for sale.
The FDSA had been reviewing a sex toys marketed by a company called Jules Pierre and Company.
The products included toys that included an “anal plug” with a silicone tube that would allow users to insert a penis into the toy, and a “sperm vibrator” that would stimulate a person’s genitals and stimulate ejaculation.
According the FDA, these products had been marketed to individuals with “sexual dysfunction.”
Despite these warnings, however (and even despite the fact that the products had never been shown to have any medical benefit), the FDA issued an advisory that the companies could sell their products.
In July 2018, it issued a final rule that was designed to ban these products entirely.
However, in August 2018, FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters that the company had been ordered to stop marketing its products because it had been violating the agency’s regulations.
“Jules Pierre is a well-established and respected company with thousands of customers worldwide,” Hamburg said at the time.
“They have done a lot to comply with the regulations and comply with FDA requirements, and so I think we feel that they’re in compliance with our regulations.”
A month later, the company was ordered to cease selling the devices altogether.
Jules has denied any wrongdoing.
In a statement to The Verge, the Jules-Pierre spokesperson said that the firm was “extremely disappointed” with the FDA ruling, and that it would appeal.
“The FDA has long been concerned with the safety and efficacy of sex products and sexual activity,” the spokesperson said.
“We take the safety of our customers very seriously and have been working closely with FDA to address their concerns.”
The spokesperson added that Jules had “taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with these products,” and that the “FDA is still investigating.”
The company is now offering refunds for the devices, though it has yet to announce any plans to sell any of the products.