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are Sex Toys Considered Novelties?
the sex toy industry booming with new products you will often
see manufacturers listing them as a novelty. Because there
are two classifications for a sex toy, that of a medical device
or a novelty, it may be confusing to understand that both
are intended for sexual pleasure.
order for a sex toy to classify as a medical device it must
pass through rigorous criteria and be demonstrated to provide
a medical benefit. Because of this and the laws in most areas,
sex toy manufacturers are forced to label them as novelties
even when they are fully intended for sexual arousal.
such example is a law in Texas that requires that sex toy
retailers sell them as novelties. According to the state's
obscenity code, an obscene device is a simulated sexual organ
or item designed to stimulate the genitals. It specifically
refers to dildos, vibrators, and vaginal shaped toys. Isn't
it amazing that someone would see our own body parts as obscene?
Laws such as these are why you will see many adult stores
posting signs that say "sold only as novelties." With a variety
of states that share similar laws, it appears that the 'novelty'
labeling will continue.