On her 40th birthday, Smita Wadhawan, a marketing professional and a single mother, who confesses to being ‘sexless’ for over a decade and occasionally jokes about becoming ‘revirginised’, sought to break the jinx of this ‘menopause’ by pampering herself with a rabbit vibrator—known to offer dual stimulation, to both the G-spot and the clitoris, something she’d read about in magazines like Cosmopolitan and seen in her favorite soap, Sex In The City.
Initially too embarrassed to ask her colleagues exactly how to go about acquiring one, she was finally encouraged by a newly married junior colleague to check out sex toys being sold online. “Lata had a naughty hen party where she was gifted a kinky hamper with everything from handcuffs, arousal oils, erotic lingerie, adult games, delay gels and edible body paints by her girlfriends. She got hooked to these products and regularly buys them now. In fact, she also bragged how, on their first wedding anniversary, her husband had given her a role-play costume of a nurse. And she surprised him with a penis pump, to spice things up between the sheets!” says Smita, who recalls walking the dingy passageways of Palika Bazaar alone in search of sex toys, before she ventured online and found freedom.