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Here's What Happens When Sex Positive New Yorkers Converge on Brooklyn

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US Editorial Team Lead
Updated: 27 September 2017

The third annual Sex Expo returned to Brooklyn on Saturday and, with sex toys, workshops, and photo ops free-flowing, the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint became a safe space for people to explore their sexuality and have important conversations.

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No topic was off limits at Sex Expo. The event was free to the public and garnered the attention of New Yorkers near and far, as evidenced by the line of excited attendees wrapped around the building before the event began. The expo’s main floor, complete with cam girls and a center stage for various presentations and contests, was packed with people vying to sneak a peek of sex performers or snag a new, innovative sex toy. Tables for product launches and demos lined the walls, and event emcee Reid Mihalko kept the positive energy in the room flowing.

“I can’t get enough of talking to people about sex and relationships, and being Sex Expo New York’s man-on-the-street emcee is the perfect excuse to put a microphone in my hand and get our smartphones out so we can Facebook Live our geeky, fun times with attendees, the fabulous prize giveaways, and our informative interviews with Sex Expo sponsors and vendors,” Mihalko said in a statement.

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How to make good sex better

Erotic Educator Taylor Sparks, who presented at the event and owns, says the expo was a great opportunity to interact with people who wanted to learn about enhancing their sex lives, as well as peers in the sex education community. As someone who primarily presents in open lifestyle and swinger communities, the Sex Expo presented Sparks with a chance to expand her brand to a more mainstream “vanilla” market.

“This was my first time presenting at the Sex Expo and found it to be very well organized,” Sparks said. “I was most impressed with the amount of social media they put out about all of the speakers, brands and presentations. I believe that that is what really drove up the attendance.”

Sparks’ interactive seminar, entitled “How to Make Good P—y Better,” delves into how to make one’s sex life better through the use of organic and eco-friendly intimate body products. She also gives helpful advice about which products and chemicals could be harmful to the sensitive genital area. Sparks’ seminar was complete with live demos of sex pillows designed for enhanced pleasure and mobility.

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Sparks says the experience was extremely gratifying.

“I love the ‘aha’ moments when [people] realize that some of the underlying issues with itching, dryness, possible latex sensitivities or reoccurring yeast infections are most likely due to the chemicals in the lubricants or condoms,” said Sparks. “It was an amazing event to be a part of.”