Where Angels Fear To Tread (… but go anyway)

I?m always surprised by the number of women I meet who say they?ve never set foot inside a sex toy shop. Actually, not just surprised but aghast. But then I?m very openminded and some women are less so. I?d like to suggest however, that it?s not only an eye-opening adventure but a fun one, and especially worth a few laughs if you go along with a girlfriend.

The trick is not to go in expecting men in trench coats, a sleazy guy behind the counter and a particularly bad 1980?s porno soundtrack playing in the background. These days, many adult shops are designed with women in mind. I will say though, that I went to one that looked like a throwback from the good ol? 70?s, complete with psychedelic wallpaper peeling at the corners, a big burly guy with a handlebar moustache and many dust-covered toys aimed more for men.

Ladies, trust me. If you have a spare couple of hours, cross the threshold with a couple of your closest friends and enjoy the sights and delights that an adult toy shop has to offer.

There are all kinds of items for sale, including board games (of the adult variety), naughty ice cube trays shaped like breasts for instance, slinky lingerie, novelty trinkets, condoms of a gazillion different varieties, and flavoured body paints and lubes from kahlua to fruits of the forest. Then of course, there are dildoes, vibrators, handcuffs with fluffy covers, and heaps more fascinating and intriguing paraphernalia.

Many of these stores are staffed by women. Female customers make up the majority of clientele in this Noughties Decade of the New Millennium. Women are more curious, more assertive and more open to their own sexuality and thus, like to explore different possibilities in their sex lives. So clever entrepreneurs find ways to cater for the female customer. Saleswomen, non-threatening music, shop layouts like a department store and brightly-coloured, well-lit interiors create an atmosphere in which ladies can feel comfortable and inspired.

Of course, if you really want to be discrete you can easily purchase sex toys online at sites such as www.sharonausten.com. But you can’t go past the devilish little thrill that goes with being surrounded by dozens of phallic objects and sexy toys and lingerie, and the opportunity to touch them with your hands and check out their size, texture and colour up close and personal? At some stores, you can even taste test the lubes and chocolate body paints! Don?t you absentmindedly grin at the idea of buying something that comes with free batteries, and that isn?t from Mattel? These are toy stores for grown-ups. Indulge yourself, live a little and while you?re at it, make a wish list. Santa may only come once a year but with his sack filled with mischievous goodies, finding out who?s naughty and nice keeps the old man ho-ho-ho?ing along!

Gina Luca

* Gina is a freelance writer whose passion for talking to people on the Internet provides much inspiration for her writing.