If a sex toy company ever came up with a Wonka-like Golden Ticket promotion I’d make the quickest transformation to Veruca Salt you’ve ever seen, and not just for the hope of the free samples or inheriting the biz, ala Charlie Bucket. I love watching mass production – of candy, of records, of anything that drops off an assembly line in massive quantities. The surreal enormity of it always impresses me and as an American, for whom everything has always just come in packages, seeing how things actually get made is pretty fascinating stuff.
This is doubly interesting when it comes to sex toys, first of all because they look hilarious coming off an assembly line (I've seen videos) and second because it's important to know what goes into whatever is going into you. More and more consumers are becoming savvy about phthalates, latex allergies and good for them for asking.
If you can't actually see your toys being made the next most fun thing you can do is check out Surrogate Cocks, Inc. by Connor Creighton of Vice. It's a look into the working life of the Fun Factory, a German sex toy manufacturer whose products are proudly stocked at Fairvilla Megastore (left, Fun Factory's Angelo Mini; right, the Bootie). Creighton’s wry wit enhances an already fascinating subject and for me some of the highlights were
a) knowing someone named Fritzy is making toys for us, like a dirty German Christmas elf, and that she has a keen awareness of anal suction
b) the fact that toys designed to resemble famous buildings didn’t go over well (Jesus, I’m thinking the Sydney Opera House with D-batteries and balling up like a roly-poly)
and c) Fun Factory CEO Dirk who wisely allays the concerns of any man who feels that vibrators mean that we don’t need them anymore.
And please, please, please, don’t forget to look at the slide show; it will color your world.
We are all getting so much more curious about where the things we consume come from - fun to find out about the things we insert, too. Thank you to my pal Maximum Joe in NYC for passing this story along! With friends who know what gives me good dreams - who’s luckier than me? J