The gift that keeps on vibrating

Divorce author pimps vibrators.

By Rebecca Traister

Published December 9, 2005 3:23PM (EST)

The mind-blowing holiday season press releases keep rolling in, and this one was pretty special:

Amy Botwinick, author of "Congratulations on Your Divorce: The Road to Finding Your Happily Ever After" and proprietor of a Web site called Todays [sic] Divorced Woman, has sent word that the perfect gift for any divorced woman this holiday season is a big old vibrator.

The press release begins, "Vibrators have been given a bad wrap." Have they? No matter -- "this holiday season, [they] are the 'good' gift to wrap up for women while benefiting charities." A portion of the proceeds from the pleasure machines that Botwinick sells through her Web site will be donated to women's shelters.

"This year women shouldn't put themselves down at the bottom of their shopping list," Botwinick says in her press release. "By treating themselves to some girlie retail therapy, they can get some ideas on how to indulge themselves with much needed pampering for the mind, body and spirit."

If you check out the "Girlie retail therapy" ("because every divorced woman needs a really good vibrator") section of Botwinick's Web site, you'll see her personal recommendations, including the ever-popular Jack Rabbit and the Impulse Jack Rabbit, the Pocket Rocket and one called "I Rub My Duckie," which she describes as "perfect if you have kids around."

Happy holidays!

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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