Aphrodite’s Toy Box: a clarification

I usually try to avoid posting twice in a row here. However:

While going through the comment spam (Dear comment/trackback spammers: May Satan stick pins under your fingernails. Sincerely, Jessica), I found a comment by Diana Onley-Campbell, the general manager of Aphrodite’s Toy Box, about a passing mention I had made of the store back in February (the comment had been in our to-approve list, but is up now). A customer had alerted Ms. Onley-Campbell that I had used the word “sleazy” to describe the store, or at least my impression of the store via its advertising.

To clarify: first, I have since been to Aphrodite’s Toy Box, and it’s a very nice place to shop. It’s spacious, the lady who waited on me was extremely friendly and personable (and knew the product lines, which helped). It has a fairly large book selection and a bunch of female-friendly products. Put it this way: if you feel like you need a shower after going into an Inserection, you will definitely feel more comfortable at ATB.

The “slightly sleazier” in my original post came from the fact that the store also offers pole-dancing classes and shoes that I usually describe as “stripper heels.” In that line of store I’m more used to a place like Toys in Babeland in New York, which carries whips, dildos, and handcuffs but not stripper heels: the line between empowering and degrading is drawn in a different place. If you’ve ever thought it might be fun to walk in 3 1/2-inch heels and put on a private show (which I have), then the ATB folks can help you out. If you’ve ever thought that stripping as currently practiced is gross and depressing (which I have, also), then they might agree with you under some circumstances and gently disagree with you under others.

But the store as a whole is not sleazy, and I plan to shop there again. (And for what it’s worth, I haven’t received anything from the store save a coupon in the mail with my quarterly SavvyShopper.)

3 Comments so far

  1. Daniel (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 12:49 pm

    Sometimes I’m convinced, Jessica, that you lead a much more interesting life than I do :)

  2. Amber (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 4:58 pm

    I’m just happy to find out about this store.

  3. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 8:06 pm

    They also have a class teaching erotic writing.

    I’d tell you about it, but I have to go. There’s a gorgeous pizza delivery woman at my door who insists on coming inside and taking a bubble bath.

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