I don’t know about you, but as much as I enjoy my “little helpers” in the bedroom, I’ve always been at a loss on how to properly house them. There is always the standard “goodie drawer,” but as we learned from various TV shows over the years, those are easily discovered (remember that scene from Keeping Up With the Kardashians when Kourtnet and Kim were house hunting and they accidentally discovered a home owner’s vibrator?). Stuffing your toys under a mattress teenaged-boy-style isn’t exactly feasible either. So what’s a girl to do?
This is the exact same question designer Lidia Bonilla asked herself after her own little chest of pleasures was discovered by (what I can only guess is a very rude) interior decorator. This little embarassment motivated Bonilla to find out if there were more discreet and attractive ways to house sex toys, and the answer she came up with was no. So she decided to do something about it.
What came of that is the MUA Box, which is a pleasure products organizer consisting of a little pouch (both lube and water resistant) that is zipped up and can be toted around by a handle. It’s designed to be kept in a sleep wooden box (that comes in either smoke or eggplant) where you can store larger toys and items. It also comes with a handy dandy combination lock which is great to keep nosy netties out of your playthings.
Bonilla is currently looking for funding on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, which is a groundbreaking fact because they have been notoriously against allowing any sort of sex toy or erotic-related products. Of course, the MUA Box isn’t a sex toy, techinically, so it has managed to skirt around this issue. The great thing about the MUA Box receiving to go-ahead to crowdsource on Kickstarter is that they may very well open the door for other erotic products. According to Bonilla:
“I was very conscious of Kickstarter’s guidelines, and I have enormous respect for Kickstarter. From the beginning, it was very important for me to launch it on Kickstarter because there are so many designers on Kickstarter, and I felt it was important for the product to be respected by designers. So many sex toys are pink or vinyl or have a bad reputation, so it was important to me to make a product that design snobs would like.”
Kickstarted has a well-known history of turning down erotic products. Earlier this year they denied the sex toy company “Crave” becase they reportedly “don’t allow vibrators,” even though it doesn’t specifically say that anywhere in the guidelines. Honestly, Kickstarter sounds puritanical at best, and mysoginistic at worst, and none of this is doing anything to make it easier to discuss female pleasure or sexual atonomy, now is it? Not that it’s easy for any sex toy maker to get funding because in general people equate sex toy with “dirty” or “porno.”
Bonilla believes that this is a good step for society and that it shows that people are becoming more and more sex positive. I certainly hope she’s right.