QUARANTINE SEX TOYS
Most industries around the world have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn. Airlines, hospitality brands, oil companies have all been seeking government bailouts. However, one industry seems to be rather resilient in these trying times: the sex toy business.
According to a Vice report, sales for brand such as WeVibe, The Cowgirl and Womanizer are up significantly versus this time last year – up to three times higher. It appears government-mandated self-isolation has inspired an uptick in self-pleasuring. In fact, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has gone so far as to outright encourage the practice as way to limit the spread of COVID-19:
Here’s what the founder of adult toy superstore Adam & Eve had to say in an open letter to customers:
Like other businesses, we are taking extraordinary precautions to keep all of our team members safe, so that we can continue to serve you with the same quality care and commitment to your satisfaction… And don’t forget, our wide array of pleasure products just might be the best antidote for stress and those “stay at home” blues.Phil Harvey, Chairman and Founder
Sex doll manufacturers, too, are looking to capitalize on quarantine sex toys culture. San Marcos, California-based RealDoll, for one, is emphasizing the hygienic nature of its silicone sex partners:
And, finally, the Daily Star reports on a Hong Kong hotelier who is hoping to boost depressed revenues by including a sex doll in each of her hotel rooms.