As unlikely as it sounds, Thailand, known worldwide for its prosperous sex industry and its tolerant attitude towards sex -- is one of the last remaining countries in the world where sex toys are illegal, along with Saudi Arabia and India.
feminist, pro-LGBT and sexual health campaigner Nisarat Jongwisan has taken up the challenge to get the sex toy ban reversed.
Nisarat decided on this coure of action during a visit to Australia when she walked into a sex shop for the first time.
She recalled thinking:
A Land of Toys opened up in front of her eyes. Why can't I have the same privilege of buying whatever makes me feel good?
She came back to Bangkok carrying her first personal
vibrator -- along with a new desire, to start a fight to decriminalise sex toys for the happiness and safety of my people. And, along with that, to encourage sex-positivity in Thailand where words such as orgasm and climax are banned from public speech.
The first knockback came from her friends and even her boyfriend: They thought what I was doing was wrong. They didn't want to know or talk about my new, happy sex life. It makes you look like a bad person. But Nisarat carried on and launched a
petition to ask the amendment of the 287 Section removing sex toys from pornographic items.