Create Your Own 50 Shades of Grey: Here's How
Women who attend Bettan's newest workshop can expect a whole different experience - one filled with fetish toys, along with a speaker who is actually in the fetish world. One of the main focuses of the workshop is introducing women to the equipment played up in the country's hottest novel. Based on the sexual adventures in the book, Bettan has assembled the following shopping list for beginners.
Among the items that comprise the list - blindfolds, handcuffs (with Velcro) or silk ties, ticklers or feather dusters. For the budget-conscious woman looking to expand her horizons, many of these items can actually be found around the house. If a woman chooses to explore more advanced BDSM techniques in the bedroom, there are also wrist and ankle restraints, floggers, gag balls and other kinky party favors. Bettan stresses that those toys are hardly for the beginner just beginning his or her foray into the wild world of BDSM.
One toy flying off the shelves since the debut of 50 Shades is the Ben-Wa balls. One sex toy purveyor, the Fun Factory, reports that sales for their Smart Balls are up 300 percent. But all balls are not created equal. As a veteran in the sex toy industry, she notes that women seeking out the Ben-Wa balls are looking for lust in all the wrong places.
Bettan explains: "In the book, the main character talks about the silver balls. The original Ben-Wa balls are small and not attached to each other. When you put them inside, you have to work the muscles to make sure they're tight and to keep the balls in is impossible.