Sexy and romantic

Whether someone was in the mood for a pair of thigh-high boots, a whip or a seminar on how to please their partner, Taboo: the naughty, but nice sex show had something to titillate the senses this weekend.

Theresa Yula

Whether someone was in the mood for a pair of thigh-high boots, a whip or a seminar on how to please their partner, Taboo: the naughty, but nice sex show had something to titillate the senses this weekend.

In its fourth year, the show offered everything from sex toys to sexy lingerie in every shape, style and colour at Westerner Park from Friday to Sunday.

Darryl Rosengreen, show manager, said organizers try to create a sexy and romantic atmosphere at the event. The lights were turned down low, there were candles at some of the tables and music blasting throughout the space.

Rosengreen said they try to promote the three E’s of education, entertainment and erotic shopping.

“These events create a fun night out, and yet the products can be brought out, and you can buy and sell them and not feel dirty,” Rosengreen said.

The show seemed to draw everyone from giddy women together in groups, to couples from their 20s into their 80s.

Canwest Trade Shows started the event in Calgary nine years ago and began in Red Deer four years ago.

Rosengreen said more recently there has been a move to have more environmentally friendly and health conscious toys made from silicone rather than plastic.

Another popular item were high heels that had people tottering up to nine inches higher.

C.J. More and her fiancé Dean Jones, of Stettler, were looking at a pair of red and black boots that went all the way up More’s leg when she tried them on.

“They weren’t bad, but you sure can’t bend your knees in them.

“You have to walk with a straight leg,” More explained.

The couple attended the show last year and so decided to return to have a lot again this year as well.

“We came to spice up our own life, I guess,” Jones said.

The show offered tarot readings, fake tattoo sleeves and jewelry, as well as various lubricants, a bondage bed and corsets.

Todd Simpson, founder of the Red Deer Kink Community, was one of the many people who had set up a booth at the show.

On display at his table were a vast array of sex toys, including floggers or whips made of leather, vinyl and chain mail, wooden spoons, hand restraints and a couple of curious machines. One contraption consisting of suction cups and magnets was from a health food store and is used in acupuncture, but Simpson said it can also be a “hickey machine.” Another device known as a violet wand, which transmits little zaps of electricity, was once used to stimulate hair growth. Simpson has found other uses for the glowing purple machine.

“What we like to promote is safety and having fun doing this,” Simpson said. “The last thing we like to see is for people to get hurt doing this stuff.”

His group meets on the third Sunday of each month at a lounge in the city. He said people come from as far away as Swan Hills and Lethbridge to take part in the community.

Simpson said some people walk by the booth and say that’s sick, but for him it’s to each his own.

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