When the economy is losing steam as fast as some of us are losing jobs, there are few remaining options for cheap ways to while away the unemployed hours — other than masturbating, of course.
Well, and sex, if you happen to not be single. Forbes reporter Christopher Varmus dove deep into the world of sexual aids to bring us the unsurprising news that companies that help you go fuck yourself just the way your (soon to be) former employer told you to aren't doing too badly!
Part of the reason, Varmus says:
When it comes to marketing sexual aids, one person's vibrator is another's "personal massager."
A case in point is the pictured "Form 6" from sex toy manufacturer Jimmy Jane — which you can buy at your local Bed Bath and Beyond, if you happen to have $200 to spare (and, having been sent one to try out, it is totally worth it). There's also electronics manufacturer Phillips, which is trying to steal a page (if not a chunkier ride) from Hitachi's Magic Wand by introducing its Intimate Massagers to European consumers looking to increase intimacy through "massage" (though they're careful not to mention the clitoris on their website). Sex toy manufacturer Adam and Eve sells their wares are "personal massagers" at CVS, while competitor Liberator hawks theirs at Walgreens (and in the pages of AARP's magazine).
Basically, vibrators are getting cheaper, more widely available, less penis-shaped and — as Tracie hoped — more socially acceptable. So, once the economy has had a run at you, have a go at yourself. You're going to have plenty of free time anyway.
Sex And Recession [Forbes]
Related: Form 6 [Jimmy Janes]
Intimate Massagers [Phillips]