So I have a confession to make. I have a litte bit of an obsession. With feminist sex shops. I want to work at them, and every time I go to a new city I drag whoever I am with to find the local one. Ever since I discovered Babeland (formerly Toys in Babeland) when I was in college, I have been a huge advocate of these places. They should be paying me for all the promotion I do (but they’re not).
Today I am in Minneapolis/St.Paul and have had the awesome opportunity to visit another feminist sex shop, Smitten Kitten. And boy am I smitten.
For those you who have never visited a feminist sex shop, think fun brightly-lit store, minus sketchy people and plus super knowledgeable (and usually feminist-minded) employees. Think sex-positive. Think products made with women in mind, for a whole spectrum of sexualities and identities. Think packaging without playmate-like models on every toy, and toys that are safe to use and good for our bodies. These places make talking about vibrator choices as unembarassing as picking out a toothbrush.
And speaking of toothbrushes, my personal favorite Smitten Kitten product is the Tingle Tip. (Hint: It’s an attachment to your electric toothbrush that could give dental hygiene a whole new meaning).
Other awesome feminist sex shops:
Babeland (NYC, Seattle and Los Angeles)
Smitten Kitten (Minneapolis, MN)
Good Vibrations (San Fransisco, Berkeley and Boston)
Feel free to add your favorites in the comments!
PS Most of these stores offer online shopping, and deliver their items in amazingly discreet packaging. And they have really fun classes!
Can’t get enough of those feminist sex shops…
By Miriam | Published: February 26, 2008
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