Trojan created quite a buzz this summer when the company set up “Pleasure Carts” — modeled after traditional hot dog carts — on New York City street corners and started handing out free vibrators. Although the city temporarily shut the endeavor down (over permit problems), Trojan managed to power up again and give away 4,000 of its Pulse and Tri-phoria models.
Now it’s Washington’s turn to line up for freebies. Today, the carts will be stationed outside the Park at Fourteenth (920 14th St. NW, Facebook.com/trojanvibrations) from noon to 4 p.m.
While waiting your turn, consider which intimate massager you’d prefer: The Pulse ($30) is fairly basic, while the Tri-phoria ($40) has additional speed settings and three interchangeable tips. Both run on a single battery and come with a satin pouch for discreet storage.
The giveaway is about more than pleasure. Trojan’s resident sex educator, Logan Levkoff, Ph.D., notes that vibrators can play a role in well-being, and research shows women who use them are more likely have had a gynecological exam within the past year than women who eschew the devices.
“Exploring and enjoying your sexuality helps you to become more aware of your physical health,” Levkoff wrote in an email.
Maybe that’s why vibrators are gaining popularity. A study from the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University found that 53 percent of American women have used one in their lifetime.
That number might go up after today.