What better way to start back up my Talks section, with an actual talk, an interview with the owner of Shapely Toys, an independently run sex toy shop on Etsy.
While the lack of regulations on Etsy can lead to sex toys being sold that are unsafe for internal use (Do NOT use 3d-printed dildos! I see tons of these on Etsy, and while the materials themselves may be bodily safe, the printing process leaves gaps and faults where bacteria can live,) many other companies such as SlicksDicks, New Folklore , and of course Shapely Toys use the site to easily sell their unique creations.
Not a pretty subject, is it?
Originally, this post was going to be on a different subject, but this issue suddenly became a lot more…relevant to me, and i figured I could at least maybe sway some people away from using terrible and potentially even more harmful home remedies. (Please, don’t put yogurt, and ESPECIALLY not honey, in a vagina.) Remember, if you’ve been having a yeast infection for a while, go to the doctors first and foremost. “Home Remedies” can only do so much, and it’s much better to be safe then pay for it.
Sex! If you’ve talked about having sex with anyone lately, it’s pretty safe to assume that the phrase “safe sex” has come up. Referring to talk and use of contraceptives, lube, consent of everyone involved, and other important aspects of sex like safewords, it’s a good thing that more people are talking about it. But sometimes people forget simple things, or don’t think about them. This is just a small overview of things you can do to have safer, better sex.
In context with recent events, It feels more important to talk about the topic of self care. Self Care is commonly used by people with mental, physical, chronic, or other types of illness as tasks to keep them feeling as good as possible, or in the BDSM community as acts after more stressful or intense acts and scenes, I feel it should be used more in day-to-day life. Stressful events can make self care even more important, and I wanted to highlight some ways self-care is done, to maybe try and get people feeling better.