Liz Wyld, ’Doah Staff Writer
February 6, 2013
Recently, I received an invitation for a slumber party. The idea of a girls-only, no-boys-allowed party really excited me — and not just because I’m into chicks. I was looking forward to having a good old-fashioned sleepover with scary movies, manicures, the works. But the description of this particular “slumber party” threw me off a bit. It said something to the tune of “not just any slumber party, if you know what I mean.” I didn’t know what she meant. I said I’d attend, but it didn’t occur to me that I was attending a sex toy party until just a few days before the big event.
If you’ve never been to a sex toy party, it’s essentially a pyramid scheme — much like Mary Kay and Tupperware Parties. An independent consultant comes into the host’s home, and takes over their living room with displays of everything sensual, from pheromone-enhancing perfume to remote-control underwear.
Well, I wasn’t going to miss out on a night of dildos and entertainment, so I went. This sort of party might sound excruciatingly awkward for even a relatively confident person. But, something about a saleswoman asking us to put “orgasm cream” on ourselves really loosens up everyone in the room. For some that might invoke images of bra-burning and similar ultra-feminist clichés, but in reality, it was truly a night of bonding.
If you ever decide to attend or host a sex toy party, there are a few caveats I should warn you about. First and foremost, no boys allowed. Sorry boys, but through most companies, sex toy parties are strictly for women. I asked our consultant about this and she said there are legal ramifications related to men being in the presence of a lot of women and a lot of sex toys. Children aren’t allowed either, since I’m sure you wanted to bring your 10-year-old sister along.
Another tidbit that applies to about 10 percent of you girls: these parties are completely heteronormative. There were penis golf tees, inflatable dicks and peppermint peckers galore. And, though neither your boyfriend nor your gay, best friend can tag along, there is a lengthy selection of toys for men! I was hardly on the edge of my seat for all of this, but it was entertaining, to say the least.
While it was a fun night out for all of us college girls, it was also a night for emptying our wallets. Our consultant confided that these types of parties are more popular among women in their forties and fifties — women who are more likely to have lots of disposable income to blow. But, I think women of any age can enjoy a girl’s night out, especially when it has to do with sex. And who doesn’t want a penis-shaped golf tee?
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