Do women shop in adult stores more than men do, or do couples shop in these stores more frequently? Do people purchase sex toys for vaginal pleasure more than anal pleasure? What about sex toys that are designed for both orifices? How do adult stores differ? I have pondered these questions for a few years now, and it is time that I start getting some answers. For that reason, I have decided to conduct a study.
Adult stores are necessary because they allow people to purchase all different types of vibrators, strap-ons, cock rings, anal beads, etc. that help people achieve the ultimate inner pleasure – an orgasm. It is common for some people to experience difficulty having an orgasm, or want to spice things up in the bedroom with their partner. Hell, maybe a person just wants to experience good orgasm! Incidentally, Mae West once said,
“Sex is like a bridge game; if you don’t have a good partner, you better have a good hand.”
Over the years of various discussions with friends, family, and acquaintances, I have learned there are many opinions – good and bad – about adult stores. I have gotten the impression that some people believe these stores are unsanitary, which is interesting because adult stores must abide by local regulations to remain open. People may not shop at these stores because they feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. I have been told several times that adult stores are dangerous – both shopping at one and working at one. For example, I told my father about this project and he told me, “You’re going to get your throat slit.” I laughed at him and said, “More reason to start this blog.” He also called me a pervert but he was joking – I think.
There are differing attitudes about sex toys as well. Many people have no problem shopping at an adult store and believe the more toys, the better. At the same time, others do not know a lot about sex toys. Recently a middle-aged mother asked me, “Have you ever seen anal beads?” I replied, “Yes,” but thought, “Girl, if you only knew!” I have yet to purchase anal beads, by the way. Lastly, a number of people think masturbating is just “weird” or they question their morals when it comes to using sex toys.
Regardless of why some people have not shopped at an adult store, I bet they are curious about what they would find inside!
I will answer the following research questions:
- Who shops at adult stores?
- What items do people purchase?
This study proceeds as follows. First, it is essential to explain the history of sex toys and adult stores. Second, I plan to illustrate the legal history of adult stores in the United States to understand adult business operations today. Third, I will define an adult store and investigate the differences between various adult stores. Then after briefly presenting previous literature, I will develop a theory and state the hypotheses. Next, I will discuss the methods, variables, and results. To test the assumptions, this study is divided into two parts – Part 1 and Part 2 respectively – that will be supported by field research. Finally, I will discuss the overall conclusions.
The goal of this study is to further progress the mainstreaming of adult stores by explaining that all types of people purchase sex toys, and that it is acceptable for men, women, and all combinations of couples.