Yet I paced around the mall corridor for 30 minutes and spent another 5 minutes in front of the premises before deciding to enter the store in one of the shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. I soon noticed that I am not the only one. I noticed several teenagers lingering in front of the storefront, perhaps curious just like I am. Yes, ever since I learnt what a dildo is I have always wanted to go inside one of these places and have look at other varieties.
After mustering enough courage and telling myself it is much needed research for my work as a journalist, I walked inside. It is a small place, small enough to be a store room. Inside was dimly lit with yellow light with shelves mounted on the walls filled with various lubricants of brands that I never heard of and of course the toys.
The toys do not interest me well, maybe just a little but I questioned my sense of embarrassment when entering the store to look at all the toys. They are basically just replicas of human genitals made for pleasure.
Perhaps the sellers know that most Malaysians are still ashamed to be seen buying them, to be physically present at the shop. Hence they turn to the Internet to ply their trade and they offer discreet shipping. After I visited the shop, I managed to talk to one of the mall patrons. Adam not his real name shares with us his two cents regarding sex toys and Malaysian culture. Another mall patron Kamal agrees with the statement that most teenagers nowadays are more open to other cultures and are able to think more maturely about sex thanks to the wider access to information on the internet.
However when it comes to sex toys, he is not willing to give it a try. Even talking about buying one is out of the question. Beside why would you buy sex toy when you can buy other kinds of toys? File Pic The items can be fascinating believe me, I was there and was really fascinated by all the toys and sexually stimulating hence the name sex toy , therefore many would buy it out of curiosity to explore or just to give it a try. People use sex toys for a wide variety of reasons.
Among problems faced in a relationship between husband and wife are sexual inadequacy and having an inactive sexual partner. So to compensate, they turn to the artificial-real-looking human genitalia. Increasingly, in some Asian cultures like in Singapore, South Korea, Japan and China, sex toys are gaining acceptance and popularity in use among couples.
Sex toys are also used by individuals with high sexual interest or increased libido as they wish to enhance their sexual performance. Others who lean toward fetishes in sex prefer to get sexually aroused through contact with non-living objects such as sex toys.
Any of the above reasons can be a strong enough reason for one to overcome embarrassment in purchasing and using a sex toy. Talking about sexual health of married couples, researches have shown that using an adult toy in their sexual activity can have a positive impact. However, most married couples still feel ashamed of being seen and judged on using such tools.
Lamia further observed, the experience of embarrassment cautions you to your inability to act as indicated by certain social benchmarks, which undermine the convictions you hold concerning how others assess you and the courses in which you assess yourself. No matter how modern we Malaysians consider ourselves to be, we will still hold to our Asian cultural roots where talking about sex openly will be considered taboo. Referring to my personal experience visiting the adult shop, I do feel extremely embarrassed and feel that people are judging me for entering such shop.
Since the movie was in production until its release recently, interest in sex toys has picked up and the adult toys industry is bracing for a big boost from the movie's popularity. Even before the movie was released, sex toys were already big business. According to the website statisticbrain. Annual revenue of the sex toy industry worldwide is a staggering USD15 billion. Among all sex toys that are available, online purchases of vibrators took the first place as the most bought item at Perhaps it comes as no surprise that the United States reign supreme at first place for countries with the highest number of Google searches for sex toys.
Last year there was a sex toy expo in China and of course there was media covering the expo. The expo was so large in scale that patrons get to see hundreds, perhaps even thousands of varieties of items being offered by manufacturers worldwide. The scale of the expo sheds light on the financial and economic scale of the sex toy industry in China. Like many other Made In China products, sex toys manufactured in China find their way to Malaysian shores, either by online order or through the handful of discreet stores situated in certain malls in the city.
There exists Section of the Penal Code which covers distribution and possession of pornographic material which can easily be used to prosecute any individuals found selling obscene objects. It remains to be tested whether sex toys and its wide range of uses can be categorized as obscene.