After almost exactly a year, I’m leaving adult retail (for now). I’m not really sure if or when I’ll get back into it. Obviously, I’m not done with the industry. I have a lot of reviews to catch up on, and I don’t plan to quit reviewing any time soon. But I could not be more burnt out from answering the same questions and having the same sales frustrations, day after day.
I’ve learned that I’m just not someone who thinks in sales dollars. I will not ever lie to you to get you to purchase something, and if I think a product is shit, I will tell you that (nicely). A lot of products in the adult industry are absolute shit. Phthalates, parabens, porous rubber… It gets to be exhausting trying to wade through the sea of utter crap to help someone find a toy that’s well made and body safe. In a mainstream sex shop, that’s fucking difficult. (To clarify: I was never, ever asked to lie. But saying anything good about a jelly rabbit is impossible for me, I can’t just gloss over the toxicity issue.)
I’m so, so thankful for shops that are paving the way toward a higher standard of quality products and sex education. There are a lot of people standing on the shoulders of folks at Babeland and Good Vibrations, and if Catalyst Con was any indication, things will get better. I would absolutely love to work for any of the amazing sex-positive retailers, like SheVibe or Tantus, that I’ve met during this journey. And yes, maybe I am name-dropping to plant the seeds for someone awesome to throw my name in the ring.
But, I digress. What does this mean for you? It means I have time and motivation to do shit like write reviews! And spend the required time with myself to formulate opinions, to write those reviews! Also, I’m going to try to bring back Lazy Sunday links, which I didn’t know was a Lonely Island song until someone thought I was clever. In hindsight, I bet they were being sarcastic. Hm.
I will be back for tomorrow’s resurrection of Lazy Sunday linkfest!