No guy would ever admit to owning anything relating to male sex toys, not unless they were very drunk. One of the most well known of all such toys is the Fleshlight. Filmmaker Nikias Chryssos decided to, um, delve deeper into this particular brand of artificial vagina by visiting a factory that makes these male sex toys in Las Vegas, Nevada.While there he talks to the employees and finds out some facts behind these stress-relieving aides.
For instance by the end of the opening minute of the ten minute short documentary, you'll know that the factory sells around 300 Fleshlights a day, at retail. And sell around 100,000 a year and they go for $50 each.
But what's also intriguing about the documentary, along with the subject matter, is the style in which it's shot. In an interview with VICE Chryssos says that he wanted to make the doc in the manner of those kids shows that take you behind the scenes of how factories work. Say, for instance, delving into how bread is manufactured on a mass scale. Which on paper sounds like a cool idea, but maybe not in an adult sex toy factory. Weird.
"There is a children's program on German TV called The Show with the Mouse, where kids learn how factories work and how things like chocolate or pasta are produced." Chryssos tells VICE. "I thought it would be interesting to do something like that for adults and look behind the scenes of such a special product."
The Weird Philosophy Behind Male Sex Toys
So, yeah, in this case instead of chocolate or pasta, it's an assembly line of male sex toys. Toys that the manager tells Chryssos fall into various categories, like "lady," "mouth," "butt," and "nondescript." If you're wondering what that last one is meant to be, the manager explains that it means it's not meant to look like any human orifice.
Which is kind of upsetting.
And there's a truly weird scene where the manager of the factory simulates sex between a Fleshlight and a dildo. Where male sex toys meet female. The whole doc is quite bizarre, mainly because it's just unnerving to see these male sex toys in an environment like this. It's all a bit creepy but makes for addictive viewing.
Of course we all know that everything we use pretty much is mass produced in a factory, but to see a stack of boxes with 'Ultra Tight Lady' written above them is just, well, jarring at the very least—yet very funny too. And Chryssos fully plays up to this mix of cringe and intrigue.
"The strangest thing is how an object like this one can be stripped down from its connotations of shame and strangeness through daily interactions and proximity," says the filmmaker, "Something I noticed in the different relationships the workers and developers had with the Fleshlight."