By Yasmine Shemesh
VANCOUVER – Since it began in 2001, the Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show has been continuously breaking down social and societal barriers that exist around human sexuality.
“The main objectives have always been to entertain, educate, promote the importance of sex-positive attitudes and connect adult consumers with all different types of adult companies and the products they sell,” says show director Kevin Blackburn. “When people have sex-positive attitudes, they are open-minded which allows them to build an extensive healthy understanding of human sexuality in general. That understanding builds self-confidence and acceptance of others. At the Taboo Show, we don’t discriminate. There is something there for everyone. It is primarily why the Show was started and what makes it unique from any other Show in North America.”
With an ever-growing number of both exhibitors and attendees over the past 17 years of Taboo’s run in Vancouver in mind, Blackburn describes the city’s alternative sex scene as very diverse. “Vancouver is a very sexually open city. You have everything in Vancouver and nobody is afraid to show it.”
Taboo prides itself on always being a step ahead of the trend and, this year, the Show’s highlights include male strippers, sensual parties that feature naked yoga, educational seminars covering every sexual topic imaginable (sexologist speaker Dr. Jess O’Reilly is a headliner), and an extensive area for exploring kink. The highlights are simply a reflection of today’s growing sex trends, Blackburn says, even attributing some of them — and some more relaxed approaches — to a certain popular film.
“People are just generally more open to trying new things nowadays. Ever since the movie 50 Shades of Grey came out and became mainstream, it’s really kick-started people’s ability to be receptive to new ideas.”
The Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show runs from February 2-4 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.sex, Taboo Naughty But Nice Sex Show, Vancouver