Sex sells in the city

2009-10-03 14:48

THE business of sex is still booming despite the economic squeeze.

This was evident from the masses who could be seen queueing from the entrance doors out to the parking lot outside the main gate to Gallagher Estate in Midrand, where the four-day health, sexuality and lifestyle expo, Sexpo, was staged.

Sexpo director Silas Howard said “people have been coming in numbers and we expect to have about 50 000 visitors by the end of it”.

He attributed the success of the event to the “bigger and better” exhibitors this year. “The fact that people want to get away from their problems and do something really fun for a change is a big factor as well.”

It seems many did not mind coughing up R120 or more (R200 for VIP) for a ticket to the experience.

Couples could be seen walking hand in hand, inspecting various products and even walking into the Lollipop Lounge, a strip club, ­together.

Pornographic videos and movies were shown, penis-shaped sweets sold and the ever-popular golden Mount Peni (the world’s largest inflatable penis) stood proud and firm in the centre, waiting to be mounted by daring visitors.

The Miss Nude SA stand, where the well-endowed beauty queen took off her top to pose for a photograph to the delight of male visitors, was very popular – especially for male visitors who brought their partners along. Clearly there was no place for delicate sensibility!

Regular Sexpo visitor and Pretoria resident Kabelo Monana said she had been at the first exhibition and ­had subsequently returned every year.

“I come here every day of the Sexpo because its very entertaining. Yesterday, I was here with my boyfriend and it was even more fun because we could shop for fun things together.”

Nnana Lempe, who operated the Lindhorst Wines stand, said she saw more couples than singles at the expo.

“This place is couples’ country. They’re everywhere. But the funny thing is every day after 7pm it looks like people were bused in. That’s how packed it gets here.”

Wherever you went, you found curious crowds gathered to watch videos demonstrating – in graphic detail – how a sex product was used.

People could satisfy all their sexual curiosities and get various products to enhance their sex lives without feeling like they were committing a crime.

Monana said: “My boyfriend and I felt free to check out all kinds of products without feeling dodgy about it.”

But it wasn’t all about sex. There were also events such as stand-up comedy and music shows, strip joints, a hypnotist showing off his skills to the mesmerised audience, wine tasting and people could even meet international adult movie industry stars such as Kurt “The Machine” Rogers.

There was even a Chapel Of Love, where visitors could have quickie wedding Las Vegas style – and it was all legitimate!

This year nine couples exchanged vows at the venue.

The 15-minute “Vegas Quickie” commitment ceremony package came with a wedding coordinator, a photographer to capture the event with DVD of the photos, a marriage officer, an official marriage certificate, pre-marriage counselling sessions – all for less than R2?000.

)?Today’s the final day of the Sexpo

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