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Men roused into action over women-only sex toys - Times Online

Sweden is famous for breaking sexual taboos, so barely an eyebrow was raised when state-run pharmacies began to sell over-the-counter sex toys this summer, alongside the more conventional headache pills and hot water bottles.

Now the shops are being hauled before the Equal Opportunies Ombudsman, the government referee on sexual discrimination, after two men complained that the erotic toys - the bestselling are vibrators and vagina balls - discriminate against males.

The pharmacy chain, Apoteket, had a "misguided and untrue view of sexuality whereby a woman with a dildo is seen as liberated, strong and independent, while a man with a blow-up plastic vagina is viewed as disgusting and perverted", said one of the petitioners.

Apoteket has made a spirited defence. Eva Fernvall, its head of retailing, said it was simply a matter of maintaining standards.

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by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:35:28 PM EST
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