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Like the Suicide Girls, pin-up site Candy Coated Girls “For Girls, Bi Girls” provides
girl on girl photos, video, chat and other features. But the site’s mistress, Candy
Elektra (pictured), is having none of that comparison. “The Suicide Girls were a
little masculine, and it appeared as if all of them had to be covered in piercings and
tattoos to be on the site,” she opines. “I model with each girl on all my sets. You
could say that candycoatedgirls.com is a playground for Candy”.
I ask if this site is really any different from porn sites which create images of bisexual
women, by and for men. Candy had a strong reaction to that allegation. “To begin
with, it’s completely designed, developed, and put together by me, Candy. I’m a
bisexual girl with a wild imagination and a craving for the punky girl next door. Not all
my shoots are hard core while others can get pretty erotic. They aren’t staged per se,
but if it’s going to get steamy, it’s because we are getting hot on set, not because I
arranged for us to make each other cum in some script. If I work with a girl once and
there isn’t chemistry, she probably won’t be on the site too much longer”.
Candy sees her website as being about reclaiming her sexuality. “I have personal
experience of feeling like an outsider because of my own sexual orientation. I am not
bi because I want to turn a boyfriend on. I am not bi because society finds it hot.
In fact, I have found it VERY difficult to meet and date lesbian women because of
that title. I used to just call myself a lesbian because I am with many more women
sexually and wanted to be accepted by the lesbian community. I’d like to finally take
a stand for my own sexuality and have an outlet for other women to do the same.”
Candy Elektra has made her stand and in doing so created a site which clearly
reflects her visions, sexuality, and her strengths as a woman, which remains the truth
whether you like it or not.
DAR DOWLING TRADES THOUGHTS WITH CYBER MISTRESS
AND SOFT-CORE ENTREPRENEUR CANDY ELEKTRA.
I’m a bisexual girl with a wild imagination and a
craving for the punky girl next door”
Maureen (pictured), who is legally blind, was looking for a new challenge
when her sons were growing up. She came up with the concept for Bliss,
and wanted to offer a safe and informative environment for women. But it’s
not always been a blissful ride since opening in 1996; Maureen’s witnessed
the ceiling collapse and embezzlement by a former employee. “It’s required a
lot of passion to keep the business going.”
Bliss is not only a big hit for Melbourne women; the online shop is also hugely
popular, receiving orders from as far as Alabama, Poland and South Africa.
Over the last decade the Bliss crew have witnessed several changes.
“More quality erotica is now published than ever before, sex toys are now
designed by women, for women, and as a result, have much more appealing
packaging,” Maureen explains.
But some products have stood the test of time and remain a classic in a girl’s
closet. Maureen cites ‘The Long Wand’ as a favourite with customers. The
next ten years may bring more changes. With the success of online shopping,
a re-location to smaller premises may be on the cards. Maureen would also
like to take more of a back seat and focus on the educational side of the
In addition to running educational workshops for the Royal Women’s Hospital,
Maureen now writes her own weekly column in the Sunday Age called “About
Last Night”, in which answers readers’ questions about the weird and the
wonderful world of sex. She’s keen to get more lesbian readers involved, so
send in your questions and comments to email@example.com
Visit Bliss bliss4women.com, or at Level 1, 245 Lonsdale St Melbourne
Victoria, or call (03) 9639 1522.
MELBOURNE SENSUALITY SHOP, BLISS FOR WOMEN,
RECENTLY CELEBRATED A DECADE IN BUSINESS. ANDREA
GILBEY MEETS OWNER MAUREEN MATTHEWS
SEX SHOP IN THE CITY
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