Friday, June 22, 2007
Q: Are Jelly Toys bad for me? A: Yes. And they suck.
Thanks to my friend Marilyn for the tip to this article on MSNBC which, more than a year after my Sex Herald article "Playing it Safe With Sex Toys" brings phthalate-fear to the masses. (Not that I'm accusing them of plagiarism or anything...)
I have a friend who is a world-renowned researcher on chemical exposure and cancer, and when I asked her about the potential effects of phthalate exposure she said, "[E]specially if these toys are applied internally, there will be measurable absorption and risks." I know, "applied internally" is a pretty hilarious way to describe sex toy use. But you've got to get Real Scientific Information when you can.
So what is a "jelly toy"? The majority of downscale vibrators and dildos available at sex toy parties and "Adult DVD" stores are jelly. They often have a vanilla-esque smell and are soft and sticky.
Here's the one pictured above, called "Freshman." As in, after your freshman year you've got to upgrade to something better.
Jelly toys are fine for first timers; they're cheap and widely available. But yes, they might cause cancer, and if you're in the market for a dildo, silicone is vastly better.
This dildo, called Tex, is my favorite; it's pricey, but totally worth it.