*Trigger Warning* This article will be distressing for some.
It was recently brought to our attention that Condom Kingdom, an online sex shop and business based on the Gold Coast, is selling ‘male masturbators’ for men to fantasise about sex with underage girls. The “Lolita Vibrating Teenage Vagina” is advertised in this way on Condom Kingdom’s website:
Lolita the Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 movie classic starring Peter Sellers, James Mason and the unbelievably provocative Sue Lyon, aged 14 at the time of making the movie – attracted huge controversy and censorship problems.
Great movie and no wonder they lifted the name to put on this Vibrating Vagina. They even call it a “teenager vagina”. How can something inanimate be labelled a teenager? Still we have sold a lot of them!
This is one of the original types of masturbators on the market, affordable and a popular male vibrator. Made of soft, jelly material, and with the hymen still intact, it will feel like your having sex with a virgin everytime you use it. (sic) (bold ours)
References to “virgin”, “hymen”, “Lolita” and the “unbelievably provocative Sue Lyon aged 14…” eroticises sex with children and therefore, paedophilia. The term “Lolita” references a film about a man pursuing sex with an underage girl (child abuse) and the term is now commonly understood to be referring to a prepubescent or adolescent girl.
The image on the front cover of the product packaging is designed to look like an underage girl. The accompanying text “Vibrating Lolita teenage vagina” and “always like the first time” confirms this.
In addition to the “Lolita” product, a similar product called the “Teenage Dream” is sold through the site; advertised in this way:
This supersoft teenage vagina makes all your wet dreams come true. She is waiting for you to deflower her.
Eroticising sex with teenage girls and promoting the idea that girls are “waiting” to be abused is a threat to the safety of girls and an endorsement of paedophilia. How is this legal? What can be done?
Making a complaint has been remarkably difficult. While looking into this issue, a number of options were suggested to us by government departments, including notifying the police. It seems every avenue we take, we are advised to contact someone else. We have contacted Fair Trading and submitted a complaint on their website. We are advised that we will receive a response within 10 days. We’ll keep you informed.
As published at Collective Shout