When Sex Stores Are Bad for Your Relationship 

I’ve been with my boyfriend for four years and I’ll readily admit that our longevity is chalked up to his patient, tolerant nature. A fair number of readers might assume I say that because I work in a sex toy store and therefore am sexually indiscriminate/a cheater, but that is not the case. No, I’m just neurotic and a bit of a loner.

Even though I can be emotionally taxing, our relationship is a cakewalk compared to what goes on between some of the couples that come in my store. An amazing number of people buying sex toys together seem terrible for one another.

If you have a spat in another retail outlet, say over a pair of pants, it’s not really that big a deal. But when you get in a fight about a sex toy, odds are you’re going to end up revealing some deep-seated sexual insecurities and anxieties. A lot of customers behave as if I’m a part of the scenery and really have no problem airing their dirty laundry in front of me.

Some people, for example, don’t mind embarrassing their partner. Once, while a couple was at the register, one of the guys asked me what Magnum condoms are for.

“They’re a little larger than a regular condom.”

“Oh. Well, he doesn’t need that.” The guy looked to his boyfriend, who was giving him a death stare and said, “Well, what’s that look for? You don’t.”

I’m convinced that I’ve witnessed the beginning of several relationships’ end.

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