BERLIN’S ALTERNATIVE SEX SHOP – VEGAN, ECO-FRIENDLY, FEMINIST & QUEER-ORIENTATED
Woman-owned, female-friendly sex shops are not so much a novelty anymore. Most larger Western cities have one of those by now. A sex shop that focuses on sustainability and quality, including a large selection of products for queer customers on the other hand is a rare thing. With an increasing awareness of what consumers actually put on and into their bodies, it was only a matter of time a shop like OTHER NATURE had to be called for. Being the first one in its niche within the three german-speaking countries, Sara and Anne opened the doors in October 2011, offering a sexpositive and ethical shopping experience for everyone.
Having to go to a shady-looking sex shop to get a toy or a pack of condoms is already a thing of the past. Nowadays even your local drugstore has some sex toys in their assortment. And of course you can purchase everything your naughty heart desires online. The downside is that you can’t see the product, touch it, switch it on or have your questions answered before buying it. Especially if you have no experience with sex toys. It is hard to imagine if a certain vibrator or dildo can bring you the satisfaction you are looking for.
If it doesn’t do what you were hoping it would do, a mis-purchase can be a huge disappointment. Not only for your wallet. Then there is the issue of harmful materials for which you need both your sense of touch and your nose. To distinguish between the rotten apples and the good ones.
Additionally OTHER NATURE
organises workshops and events. Covering the many aspects of sex, sexuality, relationships and health. Providing a safe, non-judgmental place for all genders, orientations and proclivities. You can find all scheduled events right here. ‘How to Love the Butt(w)hole’ by the way is by far the funniest workshop title we have heard in a while!
There is a lot of garbage on the sex toy market. Toys with plasticisers aka phthalates and other poisonous substances that no mucous membrane should get in contact with. This also goes for lubricants with ingredients that either make your condom porous (bummer, right?). Or cause nasty infections. In OTHER NATURE you can be sure you will only find quality products that are not harmful to you or the environment. That have not been tested on animals and do not contain animal substances.
Next to giving you the time to look around and feel at ease, you can expect a thorough consultation by a staff with know-how that will make it easier to choose wisely. There are samples of almost all products available to touch, sense, smell and switch on. And in their comfy book department you can easily lose track of time. If you are lucky, you can even enjoy vegan pastry backed by Sara herself.
In a nutshell, OTHER NATURE
is a must-visit if you care for the environment, quality and not in the least yourself. And yes, you can easily bring your mum! Although we are convinced everyone will feel completely comfortable and welcome in OTHER NATURE, you can make an appointment to shop alone. Call in advance and wheelchair accessibility is also guaranteed. If you live in Berlin it is possible to ask one of the staff to come by your home and bring a selection of products, at no costs.