This Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a delightful little get-together with some open-minded gal pals. Over the mantle of the host’s home hung bunting that read “Love Thyself.” In addition to the candy and chatter of a regular soirée, this party also featured a particularly unusual guest of honour: Shannon from Halifax’s Venus Envy.
If you haven’t been, Venus Envy is located on Barrington St. in downtown Halifax. The store is equipped with products and books – from educational to fun – to service the many facets of sexual health, well-being, relationships, and pleasure, and, though I have yet to attend, they also host workshops and informational events.
On Saturday, Shannon arrived equipped with sexual knowledge, a welcoming attitude, and a trunk full of toys both naughty and sweet. The atmosphere was casual and fun. There was no judgement passed and questions were welcomed and responded to with insight. At the end of the night, the guests were free to peruse the goodies and make purchases, if so inclined. I’ve never been to a Tupperware party, but you can imagine it was like that, but if the Tupperware vibrated.
What a privilege it is now, amidst all the slut-shamming, harassment, anti-feminists, and online misogynist trolls, to find myself a bit of community where women’s sexual preferences, exploits, and decisions, are respected and encouraged.
If you’re also fortunate enough to live in a relatively safe space, celebrate! Take advantage of your freedom! Take that freedom all the way to your bedroom! And if you’re thinking you’d rather save your “alone time” for after Valentine’s Day, then here’s to sharing it with a partner who will love you the way you deserve (consensually)!
Here are some free printable valentines that I made. You can give them to a friend, a partner, or just keep them for yourself.
Happy Valentine’s Day!