We sneak inside an adult shop, and find so many gadgets it feels like the Apple store!
“The long walk up the stairs into an adult sex shop is enough to put most people off,” says the helpful young shop assistant at Maxxx Black, the only adult store in Sydney designed specially for women. But if you’re game enough to take a look, you may discover your own stairway to heaven...
When you think ‘sex shop’, the first thing that may come to mind is dildos and vibrators, and yes there are plenty of those to be found. But forget those oversized traffic-cone things you may have spotted in the gaudy XXX shops of the red light district, Maxxx Black’s wall of good vibrations more closely resembles the Apple store, with sophisticated packaging and endless varieties of shapes, sizes and colours. But, speaking of Apple and iPods, get a load of the ‘OhMiBod’ series. Yes, there is a variety of vibrators that actually pulse in time to the beat of your playlist on your iPod!
But all that vibrates is not phallic. Take, for example, the SaSi intelligent vibrator (priced at a cool $350) recommended by the shop assistant. The smooth, rounded head undulates under a silky cover with movements that can be intelligently programmed to suit you. If you dislike a particular movement, skip ahead, if you find a sensation you really like, press the ‘don’t stop’ button – your preferences will be remembered for next time.
In true 21st century style, one vibrator can be hooked up to your computer and used in conjunction with Skype to be controlled by whoever you’re chatting to – the epitome of virtual sex? Then there are mini vibrators that camouflage as a tube of lipstick in your purse, little bunnies that wiggle their ears in pleasurable patterns, and upmarket silver encased ones displayed in elegant glass cabinets as if they were a diamond necklace at Tiffany’s.
Then there are toys for the boys: whips, fluffy handcuffs and bondage-friendly tape, board games, edible body paints, massage oils, candles, costumes, walls of DVDs, from local amateur to high-gloss Hollywood.
And worth a final mention, the Maxxx Black parties, which introduce the latest products at your place, hosted by a female staff member. The Tupperware party of the 21st century?