Fair warning to the gents. This is sort of a ladies-specific-post, so you might want to hit the back-button now!
Then again, if you just can't contain your curiosity...we won't tell!
When I was 22 and pregnant with my Little Guy, I invited a single girl-friend of mine from work to come spend the holidays with my family. She was fairly new in town, was unattached, and wasn't able to get back to Chicago and her folks for the season.
I couldn't bear the thought of anyone being alone on Christmas, and my dad always threw the most fabulous do's. Everyone was welcome!
During the gift-giving part, I received a back-massager from Dad, similar to the one pictured above, except the top padded part was larger (this was 17 years ago and I guess the model has been streamlined).
Since my Big Guy was 12+ pounds and a hair shy of 2 feet tall at birth (yes, he drove US home from the hospital!), and Little Guy looked to be heading for the same size, my back ached all the time. For me, this was a wonderful gift.
I threw my arms around Dad and thanked him profusely. "This is so perfect! Thank you SO much!!! I can't WAIT to use it!!!"
My girl-friend just gaped.
A little later, during the festivities, I asked her if something was wrong.
She shook her head and said, "I can't believe your DAD gave you a VIBRATOR for Christmas!"
Color me naive, but as it turned out, this was the same model of back massager that she and a couple of our other friends used for--uh--electronic pleasure.
My dad had back problems and was a gadget freak. My brothers and I had back aches, muscle strains, etc from time to time while growing up. We were used to having back-massagers laying around the house.
For back massaging.
My friend/s, on the other hand, presumably came from homes with strong and ache-free backs. They saw the label "Back Massager" and thought "Instant Man Without Issues".
The reason why I'm bringing this up is because of a recent article I read about how some enhancement products (which once were available only by mail-order or at sex shops) can now be found at your neighborhood drug store.
Plus I was looking for an excuse to tell the above story, which I thought was kind of funny.
Apparently, in addition to the condom displays, a couple of other things are now being offered specifically for women, like personal lubricants or oils.
And the Legion of Moral Decency doesn't like it, because you don't have to be 21 to buy them.
The Trojan Condom "vibrating ring" was referred to, and I had absolutely no idea what that was.
Believe me, I studiously perused that particular aisle as I reported in my post about condoms. If I had seen anything resembling THAT, I might have taken a closer look!
But I just now found out that I happen to live in one of the 8 states that "have laws that limit or forbid the sale of products designed to stimulate genitalia." They include Texas, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia.
What the heck?
And would this ban include Back Massagers too?
I did some googling to see what nefarious products were currently disguised as aids for back and neck pain, and came upon a few that seem suspect. We women definitely need to be protected from these!
This massaging back-rest "cushion" has got to go. What's to keep us from turning it upside down and sitting on it's face?
Or how about this one? Looks like it gives good head to me! Good head is BAD! Ban it!
This back massager in the shape of a crab must be done away with. Because it could lead to things like--uh--more crabs. Wait a minute. I think this is a lobster. Never mind then.
This next one should be safe for womanly use. Other than giving a heavy-duty deep muscle massage, I can't imagine anyone using it for purposes other than sanding a deck.
Life's ridiculous sometimes, isn't it?