A company called PinkBox is launching a sex toy vending machine in Philadelphia, and of course the local Fox affiliate did a story on it. A very blurry story.
This is a shot of the sex toy vending machine. Or it might be a really close up picture of cheese that's gone bad. I'm not sure. (via My Fox Philly)
Philadelphia is the lucky city getting North America's very first* sex toy vending machine, PinkBox. So of course, the local affiliate of super sex-positive Fox network sent their weekend reporter, Bill Anderson, out (because sex toys are for the WEEKEND) to learn about "the first adult sex toy vending machine."** What did Anderson find? A large, blurry box.
First of all, here's a real picture of the PinkBox, taken during the Fox 29 interview by sex educator Dr. Timaree Schmit, who's curating the box's contents to ensure that all of the products are safe, sex-positive, and generally excellent:
Dean talking to Fox29 about our big launch #pinkbox #sexpositive #sextoys
A photo posted by Timaree (@timbalingling) on
Schmit and one of PinkBox's co-creators, Dean Kitagawa, gave reasonable answers to Anderson's worried questions about the box that makes sex toys "as accessible as candy." To be fair, Anderson's criticisms were relative softballs. It appeared that the most research Fox 29 did into actual complaints about the box was a quick online browse, with Anderson noting: "The single largest question we saw online seems to be about where they'll be located and how accessible they'll be." Kitagawa assured Anderson that the boxes will be in bars, and they will not show up in any family restaurants. I just love that there's some world where people could imagine sex toy vending machines EVER showing up in family restaurants, as if the machines are suddenly going to gain sentience and lumber their way into a TGI Fridays.
If you see this large blur in your local Cracker Barrel, hide your children! The sex is a-comin' for them! (via My Fox Philly)
PinkBox's founders hope that the boxes will give people an affordable, quick, and sex-positive way to buy sex toys without having to go to a sex shop, which some people can find daunting or embarrassing. One commenter on Fox 29's Facebook page worries that the boxes will "encourage promiscuity," but somehow I don't think that seeing a vending machine full of sex toys when you're out at the bar will make anyone think, "Oh shit! I need to have more sexual partners!" If anything, I think it will be, "Oh shit! I should get a vibrator and have more orgasms by myself!"
PinkBox is hoping to expand to other cities, so with any luck, you'll soon be getting your very own sex toy vending machine and blurry report on it from your local Fox Affiliate.
If you want to see the full Fox 29 report, you can watch it here:
* Sex toy vending machines have been available internationally for awhile, at least at the Gyeongju Love Motel.
** It's great that it's an "adult sex toy" machine, because all of these sex toy vending machines for kids have been a real problem.