Innovation or Embarrassment? German Politicians Feud Over Silent Sex Toy

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By Masha Froliak | 3:28 pm, November 29, 2016
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German politics has been shaken up — not because of immigration or economic policy, but because of a sex toy.

Members of The Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) in Saxony picked a fight with a Social Democratic Party’s Deputy Prime Minister over the grant given to a sex toy startup LAVIU that came up with a “silent vibrator.”

Each year Germany’s State of Saxony holds a futureSAX competition for startups with innovative ideas. The winners then receive a state’s grant to develop the product.

This year “silent vibrator” made out of aerospace technology was vetted as one of the winners.

And not everyone was happy about it.

Thomas Hartung, vice chair of AfD, called this decision “pathetic.”

“Whoever considers the development of a silent vibrator must ask themselves about their own understanding of technology,” Hartung said.

“Saxony used to be proud of inventions… like the mechanical loom or Germany’s first functionally-built steam locomotive, but now it’s supposed to be proud of sex toys,” he went on.

Hartung also brought attention to the slow birth rate in Germany, and said that giving a grant to a vibrator company is against family values.

The inventors, however, didn’t hold back their excitement. “We see the market for Lovetoys as a completely normal market that doesn’t need to hide. The demand for our products is great and we look forward to finally delivering our toys in the spring of 2017, ” said managing director Julia Ryssel.

The inventors of LAVIU describe the vibrator as a revolution because “it pulsates silently without disturbing noises.” And this was made possible according to the company with the use of aerospace technology.

Last week AfD continued to attack Social Democratic Party and Martin Dulig, whose ministry oversees the contest, claiming that he hasn’t done enough for the state other than promoting sex toys. Dulig, for instance, was blamed for not having done enough to expand broadband internet in the state.

“If he no longer feels like [expanding broadband] he still has the option to apply to be the new Sexual Minister of Saxony,” one of AfD members said.