Sales of sex toys double in Denmark during coronavirus shutdown

Sales of sex toys in Denmark have more than doubled after people in the country were told to stay at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus, according to Sinful, the biggest retailer of sex toys in the Nordics.

Sales of sex toys double in Denmark during coronavirus shutdown
According to the company, in the first six days of April sales in Denmark rose 110 percent compared to the same period in the previous year. 
This compared to growth of 121 percent in Norway, and relatively lacklustre growth of 78 percent in Sweden. 
“We have seen an extraordinary interest in sex toys for couples,” said the company's founder and co-owner Mathilde Mackowski. “Especially our multiple-day sex challenges have been very popular, and they are our top sellers right now.” 
The multiple-day products, such as the '10 Day Love Challenge' or ‘4 Weeks of Pleasure', work, she said, a bit like a Christmas calendar, with a different product hidden in different boxes. 
“People are using these challenges to have more daily fun instead of just having one product.” 
She said she was pleased that her business, which is based in Højbjerg outside Aarhus, was helping people to come through what is a difficult time for everyone. 
“I think we need positive vibes in our life, and more fun. We need to feel each other and be together at a higher level than normal,” she said. 
“The reason for the lockdown makes me sad. But it makes me smile that we are doing something good during this difficult time, when people feel vulnerable.”
The retailer typically sells about 1,500 packages to online customers across the Nordic region. Sales doubled overall in the first week of April compared to last year. 
Mathilde Mackowski, the founder of the online sex toy retailer Sinful. Photo: Sinful

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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.