OK, so this is good for a giggle.
Sweden is famous for breaking sexual taboos, so barely an eyebrow was raised when state-run pharmacies began to sell over-the-counter sex toys this summer, alongside the more conventional headache pills and hot water bottles.
Now the shops are being hauled before the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman, the government referee on sexual discrimination, after two men complained that the erotic toys – the bestselling are vibrators and vagina love eggs — are all for females and these toys discriminate against males.
The pharmacy chain, Apoteket, had a “misguided and untrue view of sexuality whereby a woman with a dildo is seen as liberated, strong and independent, while a man with a blow-up plastic vagina is viewed as disgusting and perverted”, said one of the petitioners.
However the discrimination laws do lead to some entirely ludicrous results:
Dating services also have to charge the same for males and females.
There are always vastly more men than women on such sites. It\’s thus entirely rational to charge men more and women less.