A Glimpse Inside Erotica 2009 (Um, NSFW)

By Londonist Last edited 99 months ago
A Glimpse Inside Erotica 2009 (Um, NSFW)
An e-stim device: play your favourite tune and get off on the electric circuit
An e-stim device: play your favourite tune and get off on the electric circuit
Playboy TV interviewed Linsey Dawn McKenzie
Playboy TV interviewed Linsey Dawn McKenzie
Jewellery, wigs, slashed leggings
Jewellery, wigs, slashed leggings
Fans of the Daily Sport loitered here, rifling in their pockets
Fans of the Daily Sport loitered here, rifling in their pockets
Plenty of dressing up options
Plenty of dressing up options
Big smiley penis toys anyone?
Big smiley penis toys anyone?
Get styled in a dress made of bondage tape
Get styled in a dress made of bondage tape

Erotica: we went so you didn't have to spend £30 to do likewise.

Trade fairs are never sexy and Erotica was anything but. However, those trying on corsets, buzzing sex toys in their palms, rubbing lube between their fingers, testing the electronic pulses of the 'E-Stim' and having a go on the sex wedge appeared to be having fun or were at least investigating things with a rigorously prurient interest.

Only a small proportion took the opportunity to dress up "sexy" whether that be waist cinching corsets, killer stilettos, pole dancing platforms, outfits made of bondage tape, slashed leather, cross dressing, fantasy goth or whatever. The majority of the crowd could have been found on Oxford Street any time: tourists, couples of all ages, groups of builders on a lads' day out, solitary shoppers, even family groups - all were welcome as long as they shelled out the requisite and didn't take photos. Props to the RSPB whose stall was covered in lewd double entendres about 'members' and whose t-shirts had 'tits' on and good to see the NHS in the thick of things with a safe sex message but we've had sexier times in Sainbury's for a fraction of the cost.

Words by Lindsey. Photography by DeanN.

Last Updated 22 November 2009

Daniel

It was pretty dire this year. Best worst highlight being the tacky "£20 topless photo" girls. Ugh.

Lindsey

I'd never thought of Page 3 or the Sport girls as 'erotica' before.

Another point: the whole thing was massively focused on the female as erotic. Bar some tighty whitey pants and the opportunity for guys to cross dress, there really wasn't much in the way of male erotica. Even 'The Fantasy Boys' were hidden in a separate room and not included on the main stage.