So yesterday I went over to Venus Envy for the first time and girl oh girl (trying something new with the expressions) did I love that store!
From the site:
We believe that everyone has the right to pleasure and that exploring sexual pleasure is key to being a healthy human being. Sexuality is a core component of personal identity, and strongly influences how we all operate in the world — from what we buy, to where we live, to how we interact with others. Everyone has the right to the shameless exploration of sex and sensuality, free from the disapproval of pleasure so often the case in our sex-negative culture.
Sexual experiences range from fun and playful to intense and healing. Pleasure that's right for one person isn't necessarily right for the next. We believe that education and self-exploration are the best way to become comfortable with our desires, and make us more understanding of desires that are not our own.
Because this is what we believe, we offer a comfortable, non-judgmental environment and a wide range of tools and toys so people can explore their sexuality and gender. With a variety of high-quality products, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and a far-ranging workshop series, Venus Envy is an educational community as well as a retail business where people can ask questions, share experiences, and empower themselves.
I've been in sex-shops before and this is a totally different experience. I felt comfortable being in the store. I felt comfortable discussing why I was there and what I was looking for in detail. I felt like I was really being listened to and that the person helping me really wanted to help me. There were a variety of informational pamphlets around the store and I got a tailored one for each product I purchased.
Honestly, I would happily quit my job to go work there because I truly think that this place helps women. Their selection of books and their workshops are amazing. They even give out bursaries to women in the area who are pursuing post-secondary education. I wish all sex shops were like this so that people can feel comfortable exploring their sexulality.
As unconventional as it may seem, this is the kind of place that makes a difference and improves the lives of women.
Unlike Cosmo, who is like that bad friend who told you that that time you blacked out at a party and woke up with some strange guy's penis in you wasn't rape at all Such journalistic incompetence hurts women.
On this day:
In 2006 - Lots of typos I don't want to fix
In 2005 - Photos I love