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A humanitarian aid worker’s fleshlight just made the news

A home away from home.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 11, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 3:51 am CDT

With media outlets increasingly reliant on contributions from readers—you know, the sort of stuff that doesn’t get too rigorously vetted or fact-checked—it was probably just a matter of time before the Guardian tweeted a photo of a man’s (presumably broken-in) fleshlight.

David Higgins, the man who sent the photo to the newspaper for a gallery of supplies that relief workers pack on their missions, had no shame about the rubber sex toy: “We have to travel light here [in Afghanistan], so no luxuries,” he explained: “first aid kit, water filter, emergency rations, flesh light, sleeping bag, ground sheet, knife and distress beacon.”

A chorus of punchlines soon followed, though none punningly incorporated the grating typo in the Guardian’s tweet. Something like “a valley for every peak” might have sufficed.

Lonely job? “@GuardianGDP: We peak inside the luggage of a relief worker in Afghanistan

— Ben Fishwick (@ben_fishwick) June 11, 2014

@GuardianGDP @jonzo1 Even relief workers need “relief”, I guess…

— Robert Peacock (@robertpeacock22) June 11, 2014

@GuardianGDP @Within123 What shocked me most in this tweet was not the fleshlight but the misspelling of ‘peek’!

— Juliet Langton (@JulietLangton) June 11, 2014

But as far as we’re concerned, Higgins has nothing to be embarrassed about. He’s doing important, dangerous work, and we want him to be able to masturbate comfortably. After all, when you spend some time in the desert, your palms get awfully sandy.

Photo via @GuardianGDP/Twitter

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*First Published: Jun 11, 2014, 7:46 pm CDT