Production

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
8

There is a wide variety of sexual devices and sexually oriented paraphernalia available in the United States. The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, in an attempt to collect and catalogue these devices, estimated that there were at least five thousand different "sexual enhancers" that had been marketed in the United States.[2051]

Sexual devices and paraphernalia which can be purchased in many "adults only" pornographic outlets or through mail order include: dildos, penis rings, stimulators, french ticklers, aphrodisiacs, inhalants, inflatable dolls with orifices and police and detective equipment.[2052] Some are purchased for internal use while others are bought for external stimulation.

There are also sexual devices and paraphernalia designed for specific types of sexual activity. For example, there are products specifically designed for sadomasochistic sexual activity. Such products include masks, whips, chains, manacles, clamps and paddles.[2053]

The majority of sexual devices and paraphernalia are produced offshore at the request of suppliers in the United States.[2054] The manufacturers of these products is often subcontracted out to locations in the Orient because labor is available at a substantially reduced cost.[2055] After the products are made, they are shipped to suppliers in the United States.

The largest supplier of sexual devices and paraphernalia in country is alleged to be Reuben Sturman through his "Doc Johnson" line of products.[2056] "Doc Johnson" products account for seventy to seventy-five percent of the sexual device and paraphernalia market.[2057] The remainder of the market is mostly made up of smaller specialty companies.[2058]

Notes

  1. Los Angeles Hearing, Vol. I, Ted Mcllvenna and Loretta Haroian, p. 224E.
  2. Id. The Commission received reports regarding individuals that used such "police" equipment to assist in obtaining access to victims of sexual abuse and/or rape; See, The Imagery Found Among Magazines, Books. Films in "Adults Only" Pornographic Outlets in Chapter 24.
  3. Other sadomasochistic sexual devices include orifice spreaders, testicle harnesses, body harnesses, branding irons, penis stretchers, crosses, enema bags, hand cuffs, rubber hands for anal insertion, underwear with openings for sexual usage, hoists, horse penises, leather straight jackets, lock restraints, mace, pins, racks, rectal catheters, restraining tables, stocks, breast chains, and nipple clamps. See, The Imagery Found Among Magazines, Books, Films in "Adults Only" Pornographic Outlets in Chapter 24.
  4. Interview with Ted Mcllvenna, President, The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (Feb. 28, 1986); Interview with Sergeant Don Smith, Los Angeles Police Department (Mar. 9, 1986).
  5. Some small scale manufacturing of these products still goes on in the United States. Id.
  6. Interview with Sergeant Don Smith, Los Angeles Police Department (Mar. 9, 1986).
  7. Id.
  8. Id.