Woolworths was the first Australian supermarket chain to sell battery-powered sex toys. But the move was short lived as the shop
soon bowed to the inevitable nutter protests.
While manufacturer Durex hailed the move as a game changer for the industry , the store soon performed a U-turn, clearing thousands of the products off shelves. These seems to be a response to a large Christian group calling for a nationwide
boycott of its stores.
Roslyn Phillips, a campaigner from Christian advocacy group FamilyVoice Australia, said sex toys belong in sex shops. She spouted:
Society is already suffering massive problems with young children being over-sexualised ... this move by Woolies just makes the problem worse.
I, personally, would not patronise Woolies while this situation exists and I encourage everyone else to boycott them too. I hope parents will let Woolies know how they feel and I hope they tell them they'll continue to shop elsewhere
until these products are removed.
The Australian Family Association's Terri Kelleher, chipped in that the sale of vibrators was diabolically wrong :
Do we really need to be explaining to our children what a vibrator is whilst walking down the supermarket aisle? It completely undermines that parental prerogative as to when and how you raise these sorts of things with children.
A spokesman for Woolworths confirmed an email was sent to all store managers advising them to withdraw the products immediately.