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Come As You Are, a Toronto based sex shop, treated Peterboroughers to a crash course in sex toy use, safety, and maintenance on Friday September 19.

With so many sex shops dripping with misogyny, transphobia and heteronormativity, this perspective was a breath of fresh air.

Included in the seminar were dildos, strap-ons, packers, binders and vibrators. For a complete novice such as myself, this was a fantastic introduction into what’s out there, and what to watch out for.

One of the most popular brands of sex toys is manufactured just outside the ‘borough. Happy Valley Silicone operates from a farm house located in Warsaw, ON. They feature sustainable, environmentally responsibile manufacturing, and sex positive development.

Best of all, Happy Valley uses healthy, non-toxic materials that won’t poison your nethers.

The seminar was a refreshingly open and positive introduction to sex toys. It was hosted by the Peterborough AIDS Reduction Network, a local NGO committed to sexual health and public awareness. Come As You Are has an online delivery order system which will cheekily show up on your credit card bill as a “silicone sculpture”.