Selling sex may be the oldest profession in history, but selling virginity? That’s new. Chinese naughty toys company Gigimo (motto: Let’s play!) has advertised an artificual hymen kit throughout the Middle East that has sparked controversy in Egypt.
From Associated Press:
It is intended to help newly married women fool their husbands into believing they are virgins — culturally important in a conservative Middle East where sex before marriage is considered by many to be illicit. The product leaks a blood-like substance when inserted and broken.
In a country and a region where pre-marital sex is so taboo it can even lead to a woman’s murder, the debate over the virginity-faking kit has revived Egypt’s constant struggle to reconcile modern mores with more traditional beliefs — namely, that a woman is not a virgin unless she bleeds after the first time.
Egyptian lawmakers officially banned the product, but its availability was made public when a reporter from Radio Netherlands aired an Arabic translation of a commercial advertising the product. Gigimo currently still offers shipping to Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries, and promises “no side effects, no pain to use, no allergic reaction.”
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