• Core Values,  Queer,  Sex-Positivity

    5 reasons why straight people need queer sex shops too!

      Following our post about sex positivity, today we’re going to talk about being HERE and QUEER! But not just Here for Queers: Here are 5 ways a queer sex shop benefits everyone – regardless of sexual orientation.   1. The story is broken (you’re not) Boy meets girl. Prince saves princess. Bride marries groom. There are lots of different ways in which the heteronormative story is told but the basics of the story tend to be the same. Queer people are usually left out of this story – which can feel pretty bad – but it also gives us a different perspective on the narrative. Knowing that sexual attraction…

  • Desert Island Dildos,  Sex Toys

    Desert Island Dildos… with Rachel Kramer Bussel

      Desert Island Dildos is a new regular feature in which we ask people we like one very important question: if you were stranded on a desert island, which 5 sex toys would you want to have with you? The rules: this is a magical desert island with a power supply and infinite batteries – because we wouldn’t want to discriminate against our vibrating friends. you might be alone on the desert island, or you might have a lover (or 2, or 3…) there with you. Your choice! as ever at Other Nature, we’re using “sex toys” in the broadest possible sense. A well-thumbed volume of erotica, your favourite lube,…

  • Masturbation,  Sex-Positivity

    10 Great Reasons to Masturbate!

    In case you didn’t know, May is International Masturbation Month. And although it’s now over, we encourage you to think of every month as masturbation month! If you’re not entirely sure what all the fuss is about, or if you just like getting a little nerdy about sex, here are some great reasons why masturbation is one of life’s ultimate pleasures…   1. It’s free! Whether or not you agree that the best things in life are free, we live in a society in which many sources of pleasure have a price tag, and many products are sold on the promise of pleasure. Masturbation doesn’t have to set you back…

  • Core Values,  Sex-Positivity

    Why a sex positive sex shop?

    The two questions that we are most frequently asked at Other Nature are: 1) “What makes you an ‘alternative’ sex shop?” and (buzzing vibrator in hand) … 2) “How do you turn this off?!” The answer to the latter depends on the model; the answer to the former rolls off the tongue of every member of staff: “we’re feminist, queer, sex-positive, eco-friendly and vegan”. This summary is usually the beginning, not the end, of the conversation – a conversation we wanted to share with you on our BRAND NEW BLOG! This is the first in a series of posts about what each of our core values means to us, and…