Chinese Sex Doll Sharing Service Gets Shuttered

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Chinese sex-bot manufacturer, Touch, was ordered to pull its dolls from the market and apologize. This, less than a week after it began its “shared girlfriend” doll rental service.China’s long had strict pornography laws, often restricting access to sexual material. And while some products skirt the line, this may have been too much. Chinese media said that the company was fined by law enforcement and then ordered to stop promoting its new toys.“We are sorry to announce that Touch will suspend the operation of the shared girlfriend project, our intention was for more people to experience erotic fun,” Touch said via Chinese micro-blogging site, Weibo.The company had a line of ten dolls that became available for rental by smartphone app starting Thursday. Reports say that they were marketed as one of five different models — four representing women of different ethnicities like Russian and Japanese — and a fifth resembling Wonder Woman from this year’s superhero flick.Each was available for about $45 a night, but customers had a few upgrade options. Some including special preparations that are only referred to via euphemism and still others would add sound effects for certain types of play.According to correspondence with the BBC, it seems the company will be paying its customers double what they had put down for rentals to compensate them for their trouble.Another statement translated by tech blog Gizmodo asserted that Touch just wanted people to have fun and be happy.“Because our third-party marketing staff failed to comply with related regulations, certain promotion campaigns were suspended by regulatory agencies, considering the widespread controversy, we decided to stop the project.“Ever since the project began, we’ve used the slogan ‘Shared girlfriend—your heartwarming companionship.’ We hope to introduce expensive silicon sex dolls to the public, in order to provide love and companionship …. We sincerely apologize for the negative impact caused by the project, especially its negative impact on online discourse at a time of major meetings … In the future, Touch will continue to put corporate social responsibility as a priority while actively exploring healthy and harmonious sexual lifestyle. Sex itself is not vulgar. Making more Chinese people experience the pleasure of sex is still the goal we strive for.”That’s fair and good, for the most part, but there’s obviously the creepy marketing and weirdness around sharing sex toys with others.I will be among the first (and loudest) champions for sexual progressivism, but it’s a bit bizarre to have a cadre of dolls that are shared among several anonymous partners. Now, with proper cleaning, that’s not really a huge issue, but that’s also something that you generally have to regulate and enforce, something China’s sex-negative government probably doesn’t want to put up with.There’s another facet to this. As Touch notes, Chinese culture isn’t very accepting of sexual openness. Decades of utilitarian-themed propaganda and suppression of sexual content have limited discussions about these topics. From that perspective, what the company’s looking to do is pretty noble, but I definitely wouldn’t blame you for being a little weirded out by a company personifying their dolls and advertising them as “totally submissive” and able to “meet the needs of the single homeboy.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more