Sex toy sales triple during New Zealand’s coronavirus lockdown

Sex toy sales triple during New Zealand's coronavirus lockdown
Sex toy sales have tripled while New Zealanders have been told to stay home because of the coronavirus. Source: Shutterstock
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Daily US Times: When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a month-long lockdown of the country, sex toy sell started to skyrocketing.

According to the country’s largest retailer of sex toys, sales of its products tripled.

During the nationwide lockdown, New Zealanders are allowed to leave their homes only to access essential services or take walks. The lockdown began a fortnight ago and will remain in place for at least a further two weeks.

The lockdown sparked a tripling of sex toy sales in the 48 hours before the lockdown was imposed on 25 March. Adult Toy Megastore, a New Zealand-based company said the prospect of a boring month indoors seemed to have prompted New Zealanders to stash adult products that they might not have tried before, said Adult Toy Megastore, a New Zealand-based company.

The measures also generated mirth on social media about a possible baby boom nine months after the stay-at-home rules lifted, and worried family planning specialists as access to various forms of birth control dwindled.

A spokesperson of Adult Toy Megastore Emily Writes said: “We’re selling a lot of beginner toys … all our beginner ranges are very popular. It definitely looks like people are saying: ‘I’ve got time, I might try something new.’”

Sales of menstrual cups, condoms, and lubricant were among the other purchases that spiked after Ardern announced the lockdown. Adult board games and – perhaps reflecting a wider trend towards disinfecting behavior – sex toy cleaner saw a spike in sales.

Sales for the site spiked in Britani when Boris Johnson announced lockdown there and doubled in Australia on 22 March when Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced bars would close.

Emily Writes said: “Looking at what people were buying at that point it was all sex toys. It was like they were thinking, ‘We can’t go to bars, we can’t pick up, we can’t go on dates.’”

Adult Toy Megastore was listed as an essential service by New Zealand’s government and was allowed to continue operating during the shutdown because it sells medical items and condoms.

While hundreds of social media posts have been devoted to naming the generation of children born following the pandemic – popular choices include Quaranteens, Coronials, and Baby Zoomers, named after the video-conferencing application Zoom.

Analysts said a baby boom nine months after the lockdown was unlikely despite New Zealanders’ apparent boredom.

Paul Spoonley, a distinguished professor in demography at Massey University said: “Uncertainties like this tend to see delayed fertility because people feel uncertain about the world they’re going to bring a child into.”

“Those thinking of starting a family will probably put off that decision … I think the urge to delay will be stronger than the inclination to become pregnant, even by mistake,” the professor added.

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