Trojan Vibrator Carts Make a Comeback as Bloomberg Flip Flops on Orgasms

If certain outraged libertarians are to be believed, Bloomberg vs. Orgasms is the new Bloomberg vs. Soda. When the condom company Trojan put up two “pleasure carts” on Wednesday with the goal of giving out 10,000 vibrating sex toys, the city was quick to shut them down, and people were quick to compare the shutdowns to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda policy.

The comparison would have been valid, except for one reason: the city had every right to remove the carts. They weren’t shut down out of a desire to maintain some puritanical standard of morality or to make choices for New York’s citizens. Rather, crowd control issues and permit problems were the source of Trojan’s troubles.

Hundreds of people were lined up at each of the carts in order to receive their free sex toys. Even though the goods were being distributed for free, Trojan was still required to pay a fee to acquire commercial enterprise permits, which they had not yet done.

Luckily, this story has a happy ending: after Trojan paid $3,100 for permits, the carts were allowed to be set back up. Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, roughly 4,000 free vibrators were distributed. The NY Daily News reported that waits for vibrators lasted as long as 45 minutes.

The moral of this story is to pause before jumping to the conclusion that the government is trying to control and ban everything fun. Sometimes, simple logistical concerns are to blame.

According to the NY Post, retail value for the sex toys ranges from $30-40, which means that over $10,000 worth of sex toys were given out on Thursday. No wonder why New Yorkers were so excited.

 

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Courtney Hodrick

I'm a freshman at Yale University participating in the Directed Studies program. I was the Opinions and Editorials editor of my high school newspaper, I'm a distance runner, and I've been a vegetarian since I was 12.

MORE FROM

President Donald Trump turns Boy Scout Jamboree into campaign rally

The president discussed health care, Hillary Clinton, Obama, big yachts and more to 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers

This child kept HIV in remission for 8 years without drugs. Here’s what that really means.

More than eight years after his initial treatment, the child is still in remission.

Driver charged with human trafficking after 30-40 people found locked in fatally hot tractor-trailer

The charge against James Matthew Bradley, the alleged driver of the vehicle, could carry a punishment as severe as the death penalty.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to continue treatment for terminally ill son

The parents have withdrawn their request for Charlie to receive treatment in the U.S.

10th person dies after 38 found locked in sweltering tractor-trailer outside Texas Walmart

8 were found dead at the scene; 2 more died after being rushed to the hospital in critical or serious condition.

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

President Donald Trump turns Boy Scout Jamboree into campaign rally

The president discussed health care, Hillary Clinton, Obama, big yachts and more to 40,000 Boy Scouts and volunteers

This child kept HIV in remission for 8 years without drugs. Here’s what that really means.

More than eight years after his initial treatment, the child is still in remission.

Driver charged with human trafficking after 30-40 people found locked in fatally hot tractor-trailer

The charge against James Matthew Bradley, the alleged driver of the vehicle, could carry a punishment as severe as the death penalty.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to continue treatment for terminally ill son

The parents have withdrawn their request for Charlie to receive treatment in the U.S.

10th person dies after 38 found locked in sweltering tractor-trailer outside Texas Walmart

8 were found dead at the scene; 2 more died after being rushed to the hospital in critical or serious condition.

Dozens killed in deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.