Here’s something a bit off topic. Over at Marginal Revolution, prominent econ blogggers Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok often post short items titled "markets in everything." The posts are by turns quirky and disturbing, and collected on this site for your convenience.
Feminist bloggers have also posted about strange things for sale, usually at the disturbing and sexist end of the spectrum. Here’s one for the ages: Liquid Virgin Drops. That’s right – this "vaginal contracting lubricant" is supposed to "temporarily tighten the walls of the vagina." If it works, and there’s no guarantee of that, it sounds like a recipe for painful and unpleasant intercourse. You know, sort of like your first time. Well, I suppose it’s better than surgery.
I found this product after someone on a message board linked to ShopInPrivate.com, a really interesting window on what we are or are supposed to be embarrassed about. ShopInPrivate.com’s selling point is discretion, and they carry products that you might be shy about buying in person, from Rogaine, to enema kits, to condoms that are supposed to prevent premature ejaculation. Their section of "women’s personal items" is predictable, but also a bit depressing: products of yeast infections, lubricant, Midol, stretch mark cream, sex toys, pregnancy tests, etc. It’s almost all about sex and reproductive health, but of course that’s true on the men’s side. Do you think this is about sexism, or just a culture insecure about sex in general?
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