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DawnStorm
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Tesco's pulls item from toy dept but will keep it in its fitness dept.

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As usual the reader comments section is good for a laugh. Well done to the guy who got in first with "Won't someone please think of the children".

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While it is creepy to put that in the toy section, I think there is just the tiniest bit of testeria by the good doctor:

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[excerps] The kit, condemned as 'extremely dangerous' by family campaigners yesterday...

Dr Adrian Rogers, of family campaigning group Family Focus said yesterday that the kit would "destroy children's lives".

He said: "Tesco is Britain's number one chain, this is extremely dangerous. It is an open invitation to turn the youngest children on to sexual behaviour.

"This is a most dangerous toy that will contribute towards destroying children's innocence."

"This should only be available to the most depraved people who want to corrupt their children."



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Now why would you but something like that in the kid's toy section? [Confused]

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quote:
Originally posted by The Goof:
Now why would you but something like that in the kid's toy section? [Confused]

Perhaps because they don't have an adult's toy section?

Seriously tho, I think it really matters what catagory they put it under. Looking at the website, it makes perfect sense if they put it under Games and Puzzles > Adult Games next to the Sex in the City, Desperate Housewives, and World of Beers.

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quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:
While it is creepy to put that in the toy section, I think there is just the tiniest bit of testeria by the good doctor:

It might help if you realise that this article is from the Daily Mail - a newspaper that gets just a teensy bit hysterical about ANYTHING that isn't nice, middle-aged, middle-class England.

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The Award for Understatement of the Year goes to.... *ta da* senshisteph!!

[Wink]

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quote:
"This should only be available to the most depraved people who want to corrupt their children."
Does anyone else think this is a very peculiar thing for a "won't someone think of the children" activist to say?

You'd expect him to want it banned or something, not only made available to the most depraved.

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Tarquin Farquart
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quote:
Originally posted by Dara bhur gCara:
quote:
"This should only be available to the most depraved people who want to corrupt their children."
Does anyone else think this is a very peculiar thing for a "won't someone think of the children" activist to say?

You'd expect him to want it banned or something, not only made available to the most depraved.

Maybe they've given up on the most depraved.

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Some of Switzerland's bigger stores now have sex toys in their cosmetic & beauty sections, and I find it perfectly OK, as I'm no prude at all. But that dancing pole in the toys section was really a bit too much, just as I find this stupid teenage-Lolita fashion (8-years-olds dressed like cheap hookers and so on) totally idiotic.

"Unleash the sex kitten"... gimme a break ! What's next ? Barbie Porn-Star ? Birthday orgy at Mc Donald's ?

Let the kids be kids and the adults be adults.

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Hans Off
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I love the picture of the whole family looking saddened and shocked that they saw this item in a Tesco's.


What is even better, however, it the caption that appears when you hover your mouse pointer over the keyboard.

TMOS nearly OMANK!!

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It does seem to be marketed for adults. But why is Tesco trying to deny that it is sexual in nature? Why don't they just say, "Oops, sorry, wrong department" and be done with it?

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Hans Off
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Ohh best logical leap EVA from the comments...

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I note that this product is in Europe where it has become fashionable to remove God from society and politics with extreme liberalism. This is the result.

- Bill Spathealth, Mt Pleasant



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Richard W
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He added: "Children are being encouraged to dance round a pole which is interpreted in the adult world as a phallic symbol."
What?!?! Disgraceful!
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Troberg
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Extreme overreaction to what's just an honest mistake. An adult toy happens to find its way to the wrong section. Now it's moved to where it should be and the problem is solved.

Who knows, it might even have been a customer with a wierd sense of humour who moved it.

This is why we have parents. They are supposed to be smart enough to realise that this is an unsuitable toy, buy their kid something else instead (and perhaps sneak it along their own purchases) and calmly inform the staff of the mistake, basically, to act as a common sense filter between the child and the world. Not to overreact like this and go ballistic over a perfectly reasonable mistake.

Edit: Besides, the kids would not get the idea of such a device anyway.

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Richard W
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quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
Who knows, it might even have been a customer with a wierd sense of humour who moved it.

The complaint is about its category on the web site, not in the shops. Which makes the complaints even more stupid, really - as some of the comments pointed out, how many children are going to be looking for unsuitable material on the Tesco's website?
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What?!?! Disgraceful!
Bah, you call that phallic? Once again Sweden proves to be the king of phallicness:

http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsommar

And we (even the kids!) dance around those big phalluses as well!

We will not be outphallused! We have the greatest phalluses in the world!

So there!

[fish]

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A spokesman added: "Pole dancing is an increasing exercise craze. This item is for people who want to improve their fitness and have fun at the same time."
Is it?

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Richard W
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quote:
Originally posted by jwhoo:
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A spokesman added: "Pole dancing is an increasing exercise craze. This item is for people who want to improve their fitness and have fun at the same time."
Is it?
Yes - (all the search results from the BBC - more of them are about keep-fit than about stripping).

The BBC used to have an article and discussion thread about the keep-fit version of pole dancing being a disgrace in itself, no matter who was doing it, because it's apparently impossible to dance around a pole without being a skanky ho or a slut, and any women who do so even with their clothes on for the purposes of fitness in an aerobics class are demeaning themselves in an exploitative way for the pleasure of men, but it seems to have gone.

(edit) Pupils' pole dance class shelved

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Sarah Davis, from Coventry, had scheduled pole dancing lessons for youngsters aged 12 and over at her PoleCats studio in Birmingham.

...Childline described the idea as "misguided" and "an outrage".


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quote:
Is it?
Sure, why would they otherwise include a pack of fake pole dancing money?

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Richard W
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Oops, sorry jwhoo - I thought you were asking about pole dancing being an increasing exercise craze, not that particular item.

(edit) And apologies to jw for getting his Halloween name muddled up with JessBoo.

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Originally posted by Troberg:
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Sure, why would they otherwise include a pack of fake pole dancing money?

quote:
Also on sale on the Tesco website is a strip poker game, "Peekaboo Poker" which is illustrated by a picture of a reclining woman in underwear.
Maybe the fake money could be used playing this innocent game too? [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:

"This should only be available to the most depraved people who want to corrupt their children."

[/QUOTE]

[lol]

So if corruption is your goal, then go for it!

[lol]

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Major D. Saster
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quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
quote:
Is it?
Sure, why would they otherwise include a pack of fake pole dancing money?
Yep, reminds me of the first mail-order catalogues that had the guts to sell vibrators back in the late 70's. They always showed a lady massaging her neck with it, and wrote how relaxing it was... [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Richard Wilkins III:
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He added: "Children are being encouraged to dance round a pole which is interpreted in the adult world as a phallic symbol."
What?!?! Disgraceful!
And what would these people think about tetherball?

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quote:
Originally posted by Major D. Saster:
quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
quote:
Is it?
Sure, why would they otherwise include a pack of fake pole dancing money?
Yep, reminds me of the first mail-order catalogues that had the guts to sell vibrators back in the late 70's. They always showed a lady massaging her neck with it, and wrote how relaxing it was... [Big Grin]
I am going to have to shout Cite!!!!


But only because I want to see the pictures!

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cite for old vibrator ad....

Down the page a little.


guru "what? you didn't mean the 1870's?" wan2b

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Yep, reminds me of the first mail-order catalogues that had the guts to sell vibrators back in the late 70's. They always showed a lady massaging her neck with it, and wrote how relaxing it was...

That's actually exactly why I bought mine. It's great for my dodgy shoulder, and that's the only place it gets used [Wink]

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And here I was expecting controversy over a store selling a Polish stripper.

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Major D. Saster
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quote:
Originally posted by guruwan2b:
cite for old vibrator ad....

Down the page a little.


guru "what? you didn't mean the 1870's?" wan2b

I'm awfully sorry, you'll have to believe me.

The swiss mail-order company VEDIA http://www.vedia.ch/frmNavBor/Frmindex.asp?shidip=4791552710200685129&setlang=f&action=start&frmname=main started business in 1971 and was the country's first to offer vibrators in a mainstream catalogue. Because the booklet was distributed in every home, the lady on the vibrator pic actually massaged either her neck or her cheek, with the text saying something like "Electric vibrator for a gentle and relaxing massage. Ideal to relieve a sore neck. 2 batteries included."

So, everybody knew they had it and what it really was for, but morality was safe. Apparently, it was one of the company's best sellers, and the VEDIA vibrator ad became a swiss legend and the private joke of the nation.

Doing my research, I found this interesting page (with slide show) about vibrator history:

http://www.slate.com/id/2121835/

As you see, the little gadget is one of the oldest electrical devices. Guruwan, you were almost right with your 1870's [Wink] .

And the original idea didn't come from VEDIA :

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From the 1950s through the 1970s, the vibrator became what academics like to call a camouflaged technology. Mail-order catalogs full of household tchotchkes featured beautiful women with long, silky hair loosening their tight shoulder muscles with banana-shaped vibrators. Also popular were vibrators that doubled as nail-buffer kits, hair brushes, backscratchers, and some that were designed as attachments for vacuum cleaners. Most of them were cheesy, battery-operated devices that came in shag-carpet hues: avocado, gold, and burnt orange.

Major D, over.

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Richard W
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quote:
Originally posted by Hans Off:
I am going to have to shout Cite!!!!


But only because I want to see the pictures!

I can't give you a cite either, but I saw this in an Innovations catalogue as late as the 1990s... I didn't realise at the time that it was common practice. I thought somebody at the catalogue was either taking the mickey or being very naive.
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Any time I have seen a vibrator in one of those mail-order health magazines, they are massaging a shoulder or neck with it. The temple was a new one on me, though.

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