I am in L.A. on a press trip, courtesy of Pure Romance, the largest in-home party company that offers relationship enhancement products.
A group of editors, TV people, and local women descended upon a giant villa at the Sunset Marquis last night, and even though I hardly knew anyone, it wasn’t awkward at all. I grew up in a house where we never ever ever ever ever talked about this stuff (still don’t), but honestly, I heard about everything imaginable last night, and I didn’t even blush! It was fun.
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Our consultant, Lauren, was really cute. She’s the founder’s daughter. She warmed everyone up with jokes. First we had to write down a household chore we hate and why we hate it. Then she asked us to replace the name of the chore with sex. So for example, instead of saying cooking, I would say, “I hate sex because it’s really boring and I don’t like touching raw, slimy things.” Other examples were, “I hate sex because it takes too long” or “I don’t like getting sticky” or “It just gets dirty again.”
Then Lauren took us through the full line of lotions, powders, scents, shave creams, massage oils “that penetrate,” perfume with pheromones (which worked at the bar afterwards), soy-based massage candles that never get hotter than your body temperature so you can drip it on your guy, “playful” lubricants and “everyday” lubricants, arousal creams (for when your libido is down because of your hormones), and sphincter muscle numb-ers. I feel like I could work in a sex shop! Or be a Pure Romance consultant.
Then she pulled out the toys, which got bigger and bigger. Some of these things were giant, rotating, shaking, glow-in-the-dark monsters with ball-bearings. But we just passed them around and after a while, it was like passing the salt shaker at dinner. No big deal. Just a battery-operated boyfriend. It was pretty funny! And educational.
Have you ever been to a sex toy party? Would you ever host one?