Close Ridiculous Masturbation Booth in Manhattan

Target: Mayor Bill de Blasio

Goal: Close down the ridiculous masturbation booth set up by a sex toy company.

A British sex toy company called Hot Octopuss unveiled a new booth in Manhattan where men can go during the workday and “relieve stress.” A poll conducted by Time Out Magazine saw that 39% of men admitted to masturbating at work, and the booth was set up as a relief point. It is an old telephone booth, renovated with WiFi and “Guyfi” written on the side.

It is unclear how operational the booth actually is, since the company admits the act of masturbating in public is obviously illegal, so it might just be a publicity stunt. But, the potential consequences of the booth are seemingly limitless if it actually comes into use. With Mayor Bill de Blasio renovating telephone booths as WiFi stations across the city, it is shocking that this company managed to pull this stunt off.

Obviously, just the thought of the booth’s function is odd and upsetting enough. But it sets up the opportunity for many kinds of perverted and potentially harmful acts. It is also dehumanizing to women, who are still often not allowed to breast feed in public. The booth, publicity stunt or not, is disgusting, and Mayor de Blasio needs to have it removed.


Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio,

In the midst of your great renovations of phone booths into WiFi hotspots, a British sex toy company has also set up a booth–a masturbation booth–for men who are stressed out at work. It also comes with WiFi so men can use their phones and/or computers. As public masturbation is obviously illegal, it may just be a publicity stunt, but it should really be removed.

There is no saying that perverted or physically dangerous things could take place at the booth. The sheer existence of the booth itself is uncomfortable to think about, and should not be necessary for stressed out men. It is also dehumanizing to women, who are often scorned for breastfeeding public. The booth sets up a twisted double standard: that men are allowed to relieve stress but women cannot tend to their children.

We urge you to remove the booth and scold the company for setting it up. Your WiFi hotspots across the city are important and innovative, and this puts a bad spin on them. It is disgusting and needless, and even if the company means no harm by it, there are so many things that could go wrong with the booth being there. Please consider taking action to remove it.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kevin Case

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