Bijenkorf stops sale of erotic items

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Department store the Bijenkorf plans to soon stop selling erotic articles.

3 January 2008

AMSTERDAM – Department store the Bijenkorf plans to soon stop selling erotic articles. A spokesperson for the store has confirmed a report to this effect in the AD.

She says the Bijenkorf was one of the first “normal shops” to sell these kinds of items. “The exclusivity has faded somewhat now that you can buy these items in many other shops.”

Articles like pink leather handcuffs and edible underwear have been sold in the lingerie department for some time. The spokesperson says that sales figures and customer reactions have also played a role in the decision to stop selling the items.

A recent study by research bureau GfK Panel Services Benelux indicated that more and more women (55 percent) have a negative view of erotic toys being sold in normal shops. Their main concern is that children will be exposed to the items. People 60 and over in particular strongly oppose the widespread sales of erotic items. The researchers say there seems to be a sort of “erotica fatigue” among the public, partly due to the excess of sexually explicit music videos on television.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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