Because of a box that I checked when I was signing up for other things, I happen to get Earth Network e-mails every so often. Usually I just delete them without opening because they are rarely relevant to me, but today I didn’t.
“Phthalates ban signed into law!” Declared the subject line. Hey wait, I though, pthalates – I know what those are! They’re the nasty chemical used to soften plastics that has everyone worried – esp since they are used to make dildos, and jelly sex toys, and sometimes even in everyone’s favourite famous vibe – the rabbit. Hurray! My vagina is safe – I thought – well done united states govt!
Imagine my disappointment when I learned that the ban seems to only cover children’s toys – NOT adult ones. Booo-urns. Women AND children are the groups most affected by pthlatates – the highest levels are found in BOTH. And pthalates are nasty – they have been seen running in the same circles as breast cancer, birth defects and even decreased fertility and hormone problems in women.
This is some pretty heavy stuff, so I get why parents are freaking out about letting their kids chew on toys treated with pthalates – but, uh, what about the mommies (and potential mommies) who may be shoving sex toys treated with pthalates into their respective vaginas!
I am just stunned (or at least very disappointed) that this ban didn’t extend to sex toy production, even in some subtle way. I’m still holding out some hope that I just haven’t been able to find the article mentioning that the ban isn’t just for children’s toys.
Still, if my (or the US’) govt won’t look out for me, at least I can still look out for myself by avoiding the types of toys treated with pthalates. If a toy smells plastic-y then it probably has pthalates. Ideally, though, it’s a good idea to buy toys made of pthalate-free type material: stuff like silicone rubber, glass, wood, metal, or elastomers (this last one is porous so be careful) are all good.