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Revolutionary French sex tech toy aims to break taboo

The "Little Bird" dildo from France could be the sex toy of tomorrow after standout appearances at international electronic innovation fairs. Can it help break taboos?

Revolutionary French sex tech toy aims to break taboo
Photo: B-Sensory
“The first sex toy connected to your erotic readings.”
 
That's one of the taglines of the new “Little Bird” dildo.
 
The sex toy, invented a firm in Brittany, is synced with erotic stories on an e-reader, meaning you can read your erotica while enjoying it on a whole new level thanks to BlueTooth technology. 
 
“Throughout the text, play with words and your smartphone. A simple shake of your device, a caress, a blow on the screen to reveal the text will trigger the toy vibrations in accordance with the story,” the product's founder says in the video below
 
Oh, and the “sessions” last up to 90 minutes. 
 
 
And even though the product won't hit the market until June, the €129 vibrator, produced by the French brand B-Sensory, has just been given an “Innovation award” at an international electronic fair in Las Vegas.
 
Its inventor believes it could replace the vibrators of old and break the taboo around female masturbation. 
 
“This product answers to three big trends in the market: the boom of smart devices, the explosion of erotic literature and the development of a more democratic erotic market,” the commercial director of B-Sensory, Franck Cabot, told the Nice-Matin newspaper.  
 
Christelle le Coq, creator and director of the company and a lover of erotic literature herself, said she faced a number of hurdles in launching the product, particularly from men who believed it was not ethical or viable, which inspired her to tackle the taboo of female pleasure even more.
 
“Combining the power of words with the potential of smart devices allows us to experience a new way of reading… and having fun! I came to realise that even in 2016, female pleasure is taboo.  And it was time to talk about it.”
 
“I was met with chauvinistic responses. When I was looking for funding, a banker told me that he would not help me because he thought my product was unethical. I also met an importer who advised me to stop my project because according to him, women who read erotic literature are frustrated.”
 
The brand aims to target 400,000 French and English readers in the next three years.
 

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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
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The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif féministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.

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