It Takes All Kinds
One of the things I hear most behind the counter at Taboo is, “I bet you get all kinds in here.” Even though the person asking usually has a smirk on his face and by “all kinds,” often means “crazies,” my answer is, “Why, yes! We do!” All kinds of people shop Taboo, which makes me extraordinarily proud, not just of my business, but of the residents of this conservative city of ours, and the comfort they allow themselves in expressing their sexualities.
Unlike almost every other business, Taboo doesn’t have a target demographic. Pretty much everyone can find something that appeals to him at Taboo, because pretty much everyone enjoys sex. (And for the .001% of the population that doesn’t, we have stickers and funny tee-shirts.)
Some of Taboo’s customers come in looking specifically for a waterproof, wireless, silicone, seven and a half inch g-spot vibrator with a clitoral attachment, preferably in pink. Others come to the counter asking just what a vibrator is. I can’t say which I enjoy more–the “newbie” who has finally worked up the courage to expand his sexual horizons, or the veteran who knows exactly what works for him. As different as they may seem, both customers are seeking sexual fulfillment in a healthy and honest way. Helping them find it is the most satisfying part of my job.
That Taboo has “a little bit of everything,” isn’t an empty claim. Keeping the store packed with toys in all shapes and sizes, oils of every variety, and outfits to suit all tastes, is my top priority. Of our 6000+ DVDs, I like to boast, “if it’s legal, we have it.” Sexuality is beautiful because everyone has his own. Some boys like boys. Some girls like girls. Some boys and girls like girls in glasses getting gangbanged by elderly midgets with foot fetishes. I get it, and I love it. If you won’t embrace your sexuality, who will?
It’s true that you have to be able to please yourself before you can truly please or be pleased by someone else. The only customers who disappoint me are those who have left their significant others in the dark. For these customers, Taboo is an escape–a candy store where they’ll stuff their cheeks with enough sexual fodder to make it until their next visit, when they’ll often ask my advice on beginning an affair.
I may be over-simplifying when I say that your partner should understand if you get satisfaction from smoking strawberry flavored cigars from between his or her toes while dressed as Marylin Monroe, but, come on. Your partner should understand if you get satisfaction from smoking strawberry flavored cigars from between his or her toes while dressed as Marylin Monroe. A person’s sexual preference is a significant part of himself. A loving partner will at least try to understand, and at best will head right out to the costume shop for a “Seven Year Inch” reproduction white dress.
Some of our sexual preferences, we’ve always been aware of. Others dawned on us during puberty, and others still had to be excavated by a lover or a friend. All need to be nourished. None should garner shame. Sex is all about pleasure. It’s meant to be enjoyed and explored, and there is no such thing as taking it too far.
Of course, I encourage you to embrace your sexual individuality by purchasing genre-specific porn and props. That stuff is crazy fun. But if you haven’t already, the most important thing you can do is be honest with yourself and your partner about what turns you on and what you’d like to try. What unashamed honesty can accomplish is truly amazing. Beyond that, Taboo has you covered.
Photo Credit: 2011 Taboo Girls Calendar. Photo By Kimberly Frost.
Taboo is Richmond's locally owned, nationally acclaimed destination for adult novelties, lingerie, and DVDs. Our three locations cater to every fetish and fancy. We proudly support the LGBT community. For more, visit Taboorva.com or check us out on Facebook.
“When you see more of these episodes of teens texting pictures to each other, there’s obviously an obsession or fixation on the body as an object, not a person.”December 16, 2016
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