For many years the sex shop scene in Australia was pretty dire. You’d have to slink in, looking embarrassed, browse the rows of lurid pink fluffy handcuffs and blow-up dolls before selecting the “personal massager” that took your fancy. Then, you’d somehow manage to buy your new toy without ever once making eye contact with the shop assistant before slinking back out, eyes fixed on the ground.
If you were lucky you’d waltz in with a crowd of cackling mates before a hen party (safety in numbers) and then waltz back out sporting a pair of willy-shaped boppers. Oh, what a laugh, especially if you ran into some stags and a couple of blow-up sheep on the way.
Meanwhile, in Europe, the ladies (and gentlemen) were having a whale of a time with designer toys designed just for the enjoyment of sex – whether as a couple (or trio) or solo. It just didn’t seem fair that Aussies were stuck in the 1970s and so in the early noughties a few companies decided to set things straight and bring sensuality to Australia.
They wanted to bring the beautiful-looking, female-friendly toys enjoyed in Europe to Oz, as they felt people were being sold short by existing sex shops and online providers.
Astonishingly some of these pioneers faced resistance from authorities! It seemed that selling jokey products that suggested sex were just fine, but products that were about enhancing sex made banks, social media sites and e-commerce platforms a bit uncomfortable. Thankfully most seem to have got over this now and there are several trusted companies selling adult products in Australia.
These companies specialise in the more modern, luxurious toys that really work with a woman’s body. They don’t just sell cheap pornography and jokey inflatables, they sell products that allow women and men the chance to explore their sexuality and their sensual side in a non-threatening and sensible manner. No giggling, no awkward smutty comments to hide embarrassment, just pleasure and fulfilment.