Trojan Battles to Hand Out Free Vibrators in Boston

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Condom maker Trojan, which gave away 10,000 vibrators in the streets of New York City in August, is having trouble bringing the same promotion to Boston.

The company had requested a permit for a giveaway in Boston's City Hall Plaza. But the mayor's office sent Trojan a letter, asking it to find an "alternative site."

Michael Galvin, the chief of property management in the Mayor Tom Menino's office, wrote, "I am told the public nature of the plaza affords you legal protection to distribute these products should you insist against our objections, but I would tell you in the strongest terms allowable that I feel this is an inappropriate and irresponsible use for the plaza."

The mayor's office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Bruce Weiss, vice president of marketing for Trojan Sexual Health, said, the company will continue to work with the city to find the right location to host the Trojan vibrator giveaway.

"We want this to be a pleasurable experience for everyone," he said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the company had previously said the publicity generated through the giveaways may help remove the social stigma associated with talking about or using the devices.

During two days in August, New York tourists and residents waited in line for free vibrators at Trojan Vibrations Pleasure Carts modeled after New York's ubiquitous hot dog carts. The two vibrator styles, Trojan Tri-Phoria Intimate Massager and Trojan Pulse Intimate Massager, which first launched in 2010, usually retail for $30 and $40 apiece.

New York City officials halted the giveaway in the first day, saying the company had not obtained the proper permits, but it resumed the following day.

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