National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. Poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.
To celebrate Poison Prevention Week, this Sunday Sex School is about toxic toys/potentially harmful/problematic ingredients in sexual enhancement devices. Our goal this week is to educate everyone on what materials are body safe when approaching the vast world that is sexual enhancement devices, better known as sex toys.
The novelty of Sexual Enhancement Devices.
The sexual enhancement device market is mostly unregulated. Sexual enhancement devices are considered to be “novelty use” thus not under necessary scrutiny of any agency for consumer safety. This allows toy companies with poor ethics to compromise your safety, and that is a huge problem. The notion of sexual enhancement devices as novelties is extremely dangerous, because they are not a priority and are perceived as ornamental and not functional. Well, they are indeed functional. They are being inserted internal via genitalia with mucous membranes and delicate tissue; anything that touches your genital is not a novelty!
Why are there potentially unsafe materials in my toys?!?
The manufacturers of toxic toys often point out, that no studies have been done that have positively prove that their aids are toxic. This is true, because it is hard to proves a connection since the damage is cumulative over a long period of time, but more importantly no one wants to fund these studies, especially for something that is a “novelty.” And do you think the same manufacturers are interested in funding this research? Certainly, not.
Why do Toxic Toys matter?
Oddly enough, though six different types of phthalates (pronounced: they lates) that have been banned in children’s toys in percentages greater than .1%, sexual enhancement devices containing far more than that are sold every day. After a traumatic experience upon the arrival of aids to be sold in her business, Jennifer Pritchett (owner of Smitten Kitten) took them to be analyzed. The one containing the highest percentage had 53% phthalates!
Alarmed yet? You should be!
As sexual enhancement devices became a more common purchase, our society produced a savvier consumer. Thus the awareness of toxicity increased. A demand of high quality, non-toxic aids, that were made to last, were created, but of course, at a price. Here is where manufactures joined the movement. The basic rules of business, supply and demand, if there is a demand, someone will ultimately supply, kind of like, if they build it, they will come, (pun totally intended). Luckily there are tons of new of sex-positive companies that focus on research and development, use the best materials and actually test their products on real bodies! These are the types of corporations you don’t mind getting in bed with.