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What Women Want: An Open Online Closet Of Sex Toys

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu on how online shopping has opened up a world of sex and erotica products to Indian women

What Women Want: An Open Online Closet Of Sex Toys
What Women Want: An Open Online Closet Of Sex Toys Illustration by Sajith Kumar

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.

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