Dangerous Dildos? the Phthalatophobia


Extract from erotica;

It had been a long day of a hundred different (photo shoot) poses and we were tired. “Let’s get that double dong and do an ass-to-ass shot” said the photographer right before his assistant handed me a red two-headed rubber dildo fresh out of its package, with that shiny film on it that many jelly toys have. As the head slipped inside, my ass suddenly felt like it was on fire. A burning sensation spread throughout my butt, and when I looked up at Chloe, who was waiting for her end, she said, “I know that look.”

The culprit: phthalates (ph is silent), a family of chemicals used to soften hard plastics to make them more flexible, used in toys for children, animals, and for sexual pleasure. Turns out that what makes them enjoyable also makes them toxic. PVC is not a stable inert compound, so these toys continuously leach phthalates- causing a greasy, shiny and bad-smelling film, and genital burning, itching- like the burning sensation up monologuer’s butt. Plus, these toys are porous, unlike silicone, glass or metal, so they cannot be completely disinfected. Phthalate molecules are not chemically bound to the plastics they soften, and as such, phthalates can “break free” from plastic fairly easily, causing rubber and jelly toys to deteriorate over time. Not exactly suited for your body’s most sensitive, absorbent areas.

Phtalates are also… everywhere: in cosmetics, perfume, body lotion, deodorant, nail polish, carpeting, flooring tile, plastic raincoats, and medical devices. In studies on rodents, high levels of phthalates have been linked to reproductive organ damage, liver, lung and kidney damage and liver cancer. Also linked; premature breast development in girls (some studies suggest that phthalates mimic estrogen), low sperm count or motility in men, and damage to developing testes. Also, it appears that a high level in a pregnant woman’s blood is linked with a smaller anogenital index=distance between anus and genitals, in male newborns. Although, I can’t see how that could be problematic.

In 1998, Canada took children’s rattles, teethers, and dog chew –toys made with phthalates off the shelves. Phthalates are widely banned in 14 countries around the globe, including several European countries, Japan, Argentina and Mexico. But Trevor Buttworth of STATS (Statistical Assessment Service) says “This is not a public health crisis”. He adds:  “To ingest phthalates from an adult toy, one would have to – and there’s no way of putting this delicately – masticate on a toy for several hours a day on a daily basis; even then, there is no evidence that this would be toxic to your health. Such behavior would, however, suggest that you have other, more significant, problems.”

It is true that mice and rats on these studies are exposed to enormous amounts of phthalates. It is debatable to what extent we can draw conclusions from animal testing, but that’s how science got this far.

Since testing on humans would be unethical in this case, I would rather not take chances. There hasn’t been any research on whether phthalates can permeate latex condoms when used on sex toys. A Greenpeace statement: “Remember, these are chemicals which do not easily biodegrade and can be dangerous – even in small amounts.”

Sex toys are not regulated by any agency- companies are not required to list a toy’s components. So incorrect labelling from “hypoallergenic dildo” to “silicone toys” is often misleading. In those instances, the government should have business in the bedrooms of the nation.  As a general rule, the more that a toy smells like a new shower curtain, the more phthalates it contains. So what’s a tree-hugging dildo-loving girl to do? 

Have no fear. A new generation of companies dedicated to research and development, like Tantus, are selling top-quality eco-friendly products. Aaand they’re dishwasher safe! Prices usually start around 50 well-spent dollars. For these proactive manufacturers, quality prevails over making a fast buck. So that without someone you trust/pretend to trust, you can still have your fast fuck with something you can trust. I’m not hyping environmentally friendly sex toys, or anything eco-friendly for that matter; go ride your Hummer in your fur coat, leather boots and aerosol-sprayed hair while leaving the lights on, I’m not here to judge. I’m advocating for schedule-free, ED-free  safe bedroom activity. And you can say you’re doing it for the seals.


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3 Responses to “Dangerous Dildos? the Phthalatophobia”

  1. françois Says:

    If an eco-friendly dildo is 50$… how much are the regular/scary/unhealthy/vaginal destructor ones?

  2. Julie Says:

    some of them are labelled as top-quality, so they might be very expensive. but you can get them for the price of a McD’s meal for two.

  3. françois Says:

    Wow that’s inexpansive, and provides a much longer satisfaction than a McDonald’s meal… hopefully 😉

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