Local sex shops offer advice on practicing safe sex

Photo Courtesy of playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au
Photo Courtesy of playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au

Ciara Watson

Okay, fellow college students. I’m about to utter the word that we dare not speak publicly in front of adults. This is a word that we are supposed to be clueless about at our age. This word is strong enough to stand on it’s own. Depending on the right person you don’t even have to say the word to get a reaction, all you have to do is give a look. This word can get you into or get you out of a lot of trouble. Are you curious yet? Can you guess the word that I am referring about?

This magical, mysterious, seductive, gravitational word that I am talking about is sex. Do I have your attention yet?

Don’t be scared. Don’t be shy. It’s okay, we are all adults. At this point in our lives, sex should a subject that we all need be comfortable with. But sex is like the advice that Ben Parker gave to Peter Parker before he was brutality murdered in the streets of New York City, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Yes, fellow young adults attending a Midwestern university, this article is about sex. The good, the bad, the fun and the disgusting. Since I’ve always been a person that likes bad news first, let’s talk about the bad and the disgusting.

As young adults, we should all be aware of the health hazards that come with the practices of having unsafe sex. According to Douglas County Health Department STDs in Douglas County annual report, in 2015 Douglas County had more than 3500 reported cases of chlamydia. Of those, ages 20-24 were reported in over 1900 cases. The reported cases of gonorrhea weren’t as bad as chlamydia. The Douglas County Health Department reported that in 2015, ages 20-24 were 335 of the 1081 reported cases of gonorrhea. This of course, is a part of the bad and disgusting. Safe sex however, can take you to places that even your wildest fantasies can’t.

Sex is meant to be fun, practiced in a safe way and with the right person, or even people if you’re into that kind of thing. Searching for a way to practice safe sex is not a hard thing to do. In fact, Omaha and Council Bluffs have local shops to aid in all of the safe sex pleasures that our young minds can fantasize.

This is not 1916. This is 2016, and our world of sex is changing with technology. Today, we have more than we could ever imagine. Generation X is what we are often called, but “X” is just the beginning. We have toys, games, swings, lingerie, lotions, oils, whips, chains, edible this and edible that, books, fetish porn, celebrity porn, free porn, and the list can go on and on. Our parents generation doesn’t have anything on ours.

Dr. John’s on 72nd Street, for example, has both videos and novelties in their shop. Meggie L, frequent shopper of Dr. John’s said, “Just amazing. The employees are super nice and they have an amazing selection of lingerie and DVDs. They even carry bondage gear.”

The co-owner of Romantix, a local novelty shop in Council Bluffs just off of Broadway Road, said, “We carry everything your every fetish can desire.” Condoms and lube are of course are our no. 1 sellers, but play toys for both men and women are what gets customers in the store, said the co-owner of Romantix.

As young educated college students, we know how to party, but we should also know how to party safely. We wear protective gear in construction areas, wear seat belts when we drive our cars, we even put on oven mitts when we take things out of the oven. Protecting ourselves during sex should be no different. If you have sex in a swing, wear a harness and protect yourself. So this summer when you are out being young, don’t be dumb; protect yourself.