Mr. Loverman wrote:
My OH is going to an Ann Summers party in a weeks time and its got me thinking, is there such a thing as man summers, guys parties, i would love to do something like that. If it exists how do i go about it? second if not do you think there would be a big enough market for it, not sure a lot of guys would be quite open about things they enjoy whilst in front of their mates.
I love the idea. As a gay man, i've been invited to several Ann Summers parties, but never actually been to one.
Can someone enlighten me as to why they are restricted to JUST women? Considering alot of the purchases made at these parties are highly likely to be used in relationships, I don't get why it can't be a couples thing?
My understanding is that AS parties began as an alternative venue for women in a very male dominated sector. Even the AS stores were that way. Enough has changed since then that a rethink might be appropriate. Maybe talk with a local AS party rep to get her take on it?
There's a thread on Blue Bella parties. They do lingerie and collaborate with LH, both selling a range of each other's products. From the thread, it's a good bit more expensive to buy LH toys via a BB party than through the LH website.
My guess is that LH wouldn't want to branch out on their own for parties because that would mean losing economy of scale and a lot of logistics. LH's year long returns policy wouldn't work with calculating hostess and seller commissions either unless LH were willing to lose the money paid out in commission too.
A mixed setting could get complicated. I think David's example of being invited as a gay man gives some insight as to why - it's not about gender but the possibilities of untoward attention or even just suspicions of it. Too much room for confusing small talk about the items with a come-on. Especially if people are feeling a bit sexy, flirting with their partners and thinking about using their purchases. And drinking. At a party. Oh the possibilities for misunderstanding and drama or at least awkwardness.
You blokes are the ones who will have to figure out if men will go for a men's night though. I'm not going to guess on that one. :-)
Those are just my thoughts. Maybe ask Blue Bella and in the Pander to Me thread to get feedback from both companies rather than just our speculations.
I've only been to one AS party, at my neighbour's. Really nice group of women who were more interested in having a laugh with each other than giggling at novelties or getting excessively drunk. I had to leave when the body spray came out though. Just thought I'd include a positive example of that.