Is it Illegal for a Woman to Use a Sex Toy?
Absolutely not! At least not here in Australia where sex shops have been operating since the first one opened in King's Cross in the sixties. While we pride ourselves on our sexual freedom down under, there are many parts of the world where it is illegal for women to use sex toys and the sale of them is banned.
Is it legal everywhere in the World? - lets explore!
Great Britain: Though today the Brits are as open minded as anyone about sex and toys, in Victorian England vibrators were only available through a doctor, and they had to be the one to administer it. In that time a pelvic massage to produce orgasm was deemed an appropriate remedy for hysteria, and doctors were soon tired of the hand cramps they suffered. As a result, steam-powered and electrical vibrators came in to play. Even as recently as the 1960's vibrators were still packaged as medical devices for skin treatments, circulation stimulators, and even as a treatment for eating disorders.
United States: Though America enjoys a reputation for sexual freedom, there are still some places where until recently you could get in a lot of trouble for owning or selling a sex toy. In Texas until as late as 2008 it was unlawful to sell a device that was designed or marketed primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs. This led to the 2004 arrest of a Texas mother of three who threw a sex toy sales party and was arrested as a smut merchant by two undercover cops buying a vibrator. In Alabama under a current statue you can be fined up to $10,000 if you're caught buying a vibrator, and a town ordinance in place in Sandy Springs, Georgia prohibits buying a sex toy, even online, unless you have a prescription.
South Africa: Until 2007, devices that were "intended to be used for an unnatural sexual act" were banned. This law was mostly aimed at women and the use of vibrators as it was thought that it would encourage lesbians.
India: It may be the birthplace of the Kama Sutra, but that doesn't mean that India is alright with sex toys. Selling sex toys in India is strictly prohibited. It is a punishable offence with a maximum prison term of two years for the first conviction, and five years for repeat offenders, and even the buyer can be prosecuted. Despite this a substantial gray market still exists in the major cities for sex toys, so there is definitely a need and a want for sex toys.
Thank goodness that as women in Australia we are free to play how we want and with the toys we want. And we're proud to celebrate that freedom with you by offering the biggest selection of online toys in Australia!