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Babeland Toy Store
Customer Service: (888) 289-8423
Customer Service: (888) 289-8423
gamesWhile at Babeland recently, I was reminded of the power Babeland has to shift people's ideas around sex - just by providing and open, non-judgmental, informative environment in which to learn.Three young men came in on a quiet Monday night. One of them had a list of things to get and the other two were clearly just along for the ride but maybe didn't know what they were getting themselves into. One of the young men yelled out in the empty store, "where are all the freaks at?". This immediately put me on edge as I prefer for the people who shop at Babeland not to be called "freaks" (go figure). I tried to explain this to him and he immediately got defensive. When I could tell he basically understood (but probably thought I was a little crazy for caring), I backed off.For the next 20 minutes they wandered around the store looking at everything and occasionally asking questions. I answered as best I could. It involved a mixture of debunking myths and putting forward sex positive viewpoints while trying not to sound judgmental which can be a tricky line to walk. Even if the questions that people ask can sometimes be offensive, if they mean well, then I will usually try my best to answer while attempting to provide them with new ways to think about their offensive question. It can be exhausting and after 20 minutes, I was starting to feel the strain of having to think of the absolute best way to say that, no, anal sex wasn't just for "homos", etc.Eventually, two of the friends purchased things and left the store and the only person left was my "where are all the freaks at" guy. He stood for a moment and slowly surveyed the store from the porn and BDSM to the anal toys, dildos and vibrators. Then he said, "man, I really need to step up my game".I wanted to hug him. In just 20 minutes we had gone from a place where his masculinity felt threatened by being in the store, to his realization that there's a whole new world of sexual fun and activities out there and Babeland exists to help him explore that. All of my original discomfort vanished in the wake of that transformation.I see this in people to a much smaller degree all of the time - usually it's the difference in how someone walks and interacts with the toys for their first minutes in the store versus what they're like 10 minutes later. This was a much more extreme and obvious example but it made me smile for the rest of the night. It's amazing what the power of sex positivity can do.