Cavanah firmly believes “everyone deserves helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and non-judgmental customer service when shopping for a sex toy, and it’s what Babeland was founded on and has won awards for. Many stores have that reputation, support them!”
Church agrees. If that staff doesn’t talk to you, or at least seem approachable, “walk out,” she says.
Being coy may lead to some disappointing moments once you get the toy home, too. I mention anal play, because not all toys can be stuck willy-nilly into any hole. Church tells me that she knew someone who broke her Rabbit (a vibrator/dildo combination toy) because it wasn’t designed to withstand the power of the human sphincter: “If it’s phallic, people try and put it in their butt,” she sagely points out. So if some backdoor action is your pleasure, make sure the toy is made for it. I’m less concerned about you breaking the toy than I am about you breaking something else.
Ask about what’s popular, but don’t buy based on hype
For me, sex-ed was 20% what some weird lady who smelled like patchouli and cats came to talk to my class about in third grade and 80% Sex and the City. The show was also responsible for bringing the illustrious Rabbit (see above) to fame. While it’s popularity has merit, it’s not for everyone. Church points out that the proportions are rather long for many women. So you can sleep easy tonight, straight dudes.