I don't know what you, dear reader, will make of this. I have sold my soul to commerce for a small amount of payola. As you will know, I don't have advertising on my blog and I quickly delete any comment that appears to come from a commercial source. I have not had one of those for a while, but oddly, I just had one promoting a company that assists you to protest against a property development you have issues with. It was deleted.
So when the owner of a local adult product online shop contacted me about collaborating on a post for my blog that would promote his business, I just ignored it. But oddly I did not delete the email. Clearly something was going on in my head. I quite like to write about sex (lordy, there was a time when I liked doing it), but I restrain myself in my writing to protect the morals of my virtuous 60 odd year old female commentators and I have to remember, many people have links to my website on their website. I never blame anyone if they don't link to my website. But along with buildings, daily life, Youtube videos and other stuffs, I am still a sexual being. I think there may be quite a gay readership of my blog too, though not many gay men comment.
When I was younger with a very healthy sexual appetite, I occasionally visited sex shops. At times it was both of us. The only one around for gay men in the 1980s was The Beat Bookshop in Greville Street, Prahran. It moved to Commercial Road in the 1990s. Commercial Road was then a very gay strip in Melbourne up until the early 2000s. It is not now, but Beat Bookshop is still there. I have not been inside there for nigh on twenty years. Another opened in Izett Street, Prahran and lasted a few years, but it too has closed now. Eagle Leather in Hoddle Street is another that still exists.
But I then had a look around the website of the person who emailed me. I was really was very impressed. (Am I sounding like I have been got at yet?) The prices are similar to what you would would pay in the US for such products, unlike here in Australia where we are ripped off all the time with huge loadings for such products. The product range is extraordinary. If it is not sold by this online shop, then it probably doesn't exit.
Are you now a little aroused and wondering what you might buy at such an online shop? Maybe you are shaking your head in disgust at me talking about sex and sex products? C'mon. Sex is basic human behaviour. You can do it with someone or do it on your own. So, take a look if you like ladies and gentlemen. I just broke up laughing at the name of one of those inflatable life sized dolls, Allie McSqueal.
Just be grateful I did not include photos in this post. Some of the photos really leave you wondering where things fit and what they do.