Don't just sit around masturbating: vibrators get controversial in US university

Anna Leach Tech 7 Comments

232 masturbat.jpgDo sex toys make you want to stay in your room all day, forsaking the company of humans beings to spend quality time with your battery-powered silicon pleasure instrument?

A certain Joe Vetter fears that that is exactly the effect that vibrators have on women and he is protesting against a university study into the attitude of women to sex toys on that basis:

“I don’t think it’s a good developmental practice to just tell somebody to just sit around and masturbate” says Mr Vetter, “I don’t think that promotes relationships.”

Fair enough – he is the representative of the Catholic church in Duke University in North Carolina but his attack on the research project seems a little misplaced.

Student health workers and a behavioural economist in the college are studying female attitudes to vibrators and sex toys by getting students to look at sex toys, discuss them and then giving them the opportunity to buy toys at reduced prices.

They are investigating whether increased access to sex toys reduces promiscuity among young women. You’d have thought the Catholic Church would be in favour of this sort of thing, but if Joe Vetter is representative, it’s fair to say that they’re not.

I think the take-away message from this gentleman is roughly: why don’t you go out and have demure non-sexual relationships with young men who you might be lucky enough to marry later.

The research project has already taken place, but Mr Vetter is planning to give a speech discouraging the practice of gadget-aided masturbation at mass this weekend.
Attitudes like this show that sex toys and vibrators are never just about the tech involved… always whole rafts of social values and god forbid moral ones involved too.

[via Katie Drummond at TrueSlant]

By Anna Leach | November 11th, 2009

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  • D

    Lets have a university study about the effect of men watching porn all day on their computer.

  • D

    Meant – Let’s have a university study about the effects ON men of watching porn all day on their computers.

  • Mike

    They’re coming up with weird studies. It seems like its a marketing ploy though.

  • Mike

    They’re coming up with weird studies. It seems like its a marketing ploy though.

  • Sharon

    Tell Mr Vetter to kindly mind his own business. It’s a good thing the Catholic Church is not in charge of the world anymore, or they’d try to stop vibrators being researched and manufactured.

    They haven’t got a leg to stand on anyway, morally-speaking. If vibrators had been made available to priests it might have prevented alot of abuse of children …

    Unsurprisingly, it’s difficult to take the so-called moral advice of hypocrites seriously …

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    I suggest the certain “Joe” get a vagina, get a vibrator, run an experiment himself, then come back. There is no speaking for a gender that you are not part of (or not identifying as) as he clearly does not.