Sex Toys for the Faithful
Advice and sex aids are far more common among Christians, who believe -- not unlike Rabbi Shmuley Boteach -- that within the bonds of matrimony, the chandelier's the limit. As long as you don't use the products by yourself! Self-pleasure is a strict no-no. The site Covenant Spice tells shoppers:
Some couples may feel as though there is a taboo when it comes to shopping for sexual aids; but in a committed, healthy, Christian marriage, sex is just one of the ways in which your love and connection can be expressed. Through this website, we are able to offer couples -- just like you -- access to fun, high-quality sexual aids that will allow you to fully express the love and commitment that you share. We consider ourselves a powerful vehicle for better exploring Christian intimacy; providing our couples with a resource for sex toys that are relationship focused so that you can better connect, better communicate and better enjoy lovemaking.
If you are a Christian, lingerie, sex toys and other sexual products may have previously seemed out of reach because of the stores and websites where you would have to go to make a purchase; many of which are uncomfortable to visit. Our website is meant to make the purchase of Christian sexual aids comfortable for married couples; something that you can do together from the privacy of your own home. A healthy sexual relationship is a part of a healthy marriage; it's important to enjoy each other in the bedroom just as much as you do in other areas of your relationship. As a Christian sex toy shop, we make it fun, safe and affordable to take your sexual exploration to the next level.
American Christian sex toy shop (screengrab)
Like the halal and kosher shops, Covenant Spice has no nudity or models on its site. They sell bondage kits, as well as vibrators, prostate massagers, ben wa balls, paddles, edible body paint and sex furniture. Fifty Shades of Grey items are in stock and ready to go.
"We are aware that many things on this site may come as a surprise to someone from a traditional or more formal Christian background," the site warns. "We would encourage you to pray together as a couple and seek the Lord's wisdom. Only purchase items that you would both feel comfortable with and enjoy. Be willing however to try new experiences if you spouse displays an interest in them. We believe if you search the scriptures with an open mind you will be blessed as you discover the playfulness, passion and satisfaction that God has created to be a part of your love life."
In 2012, a Polish sex shop opened for Roman Catholics, though it pales in comparison to the others listed. Unlike the other sites, Alkowa Malzenska does feature models, but it offers no sex toys.
Polish Catholic sex toy shop (screengrab)
Its hottest items seem to be tools to help women identify where they are in their menstrual cycle, thus enabling them to avoid pregnancy by abstaining from sex during fertile periods. Natural family planning is the only form of birth control approved by the Roman Catholic Church -- and for all the jokes about Catholic girls' appetites, apparently when we think sex toys, the first thing we come up with is an ovulation test.
I am disappointed.
What does your faith tell you about sexual aids? AV Flox is the editor of /Slantist, a blog about relationships and sexuality. You can connect with her on Twitter @avflox, Google Plus +AV Flox, and Facebook /anaiis.