Retail giant Target has added sex toys to its ever-increasing inventory.
Available in most stores and online, the chain is offering Fifty Shades of Grey-themed pleasure products based on the acts of bondage found within the pages of the novel.
There's the "Massage Me Candle" that can either be lit to fill the air with the "signature scent" of the male protagonist, Christian, or the melted wax "spooned" onto the body for an "erotic massage." From the product overview:
Immerse yourself in the moment and have your very own Christian and Ana experience… 'Christian lifts me, carries me over to the bed, and lays me down on the cool satin sheets. After a moment, his hands, still oiled, gently rub the backs of my thighs, my knees, my calves and my shoulders.'
Also for sale is "Sensual Touch" massage oil that is promised to "enhance foreplay and seduction." Included on the product overview page is another excerpt from the book where Christian's oily hands glide down the woman's throat.
There is also a his/her blindfold set available with the advice to take turns "into submission."
Finally, the "Yours and Mine Vibrating Silicone Love Ring," designed to stretch around your man's "girth" to enhance the "look and feel of his erection."
While a business should be able to sell just about anything it would like, although selling sex toys seems a bit strange for such a family-friendly store, it does matter where you display this type of merchandise.
A picture posted to Twitter in January shows one store displaying these items right next to the children's toothbrushes, with a "Check this out" sign above:
Target's social media department responded to the picture:
No word if the display case was re-merchandised.
The book, Fifty Shades of Grey, has been turned into a major motion picture and is set to release the day before Valentine's Day in the United States.