Yup. They love dildos. Enough that the state-run monopolized pharmacy, Apoteket, is going to start selling dildos in their stores. Once again, my good friends at thelocal.se have enlightened us all. (I don’t actually know anyone at The Local, I’m sorry I mislead you.) Anyway, their article “Swedish State to Start Selling Sex Toys” says it all.
Swedes have voiced their opinions. And dildos are what they want. And they want it now. Or at least by May when Apoteket will start selling them. Their reason being that sexuality is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. And that by selling them they will be removing some of the stigma of going down to the 8th Avenue Arcade to pick up your favorite self-pleasure wand.
Fair enough. Whatever floats your boat. But does this speak poorly of Swedish men? Or does it speak highly of the sexual needs of Swedish women? Or does it just open up the possibility that the Swedes are down for trying anything as long as it is sanctioned and controlled by their omnipresent government? I have no answers.
Again though, I am amazed by the sexual attitudes of this country. So open. But it does hint at some sort of stigma if they feel the need to legitimize dildos by selling them in the pharmacy. But nonetheless. So open.
I just can’t imagine my friendly neighborhood pharmacist hawking a dildo. Mostly because I have known him since moving to the US and hang out at the pool and go skiing with him. Although, he is a charming man…
Welcome to Sweden. A land where dildos can be found in the same aisle as contact lens solution. Which by the way cost me 95 SEK the other day, that’s over 15 dollars. For the contact lens solution. Not a dildo.