Sex Shop for Clergy a Booming Business

VICARS across Wales are flocking to buy sex toys from a website set up to “celebrate God’s love”.

 

Devout Christian Stan Hegarty was laying decking when he claims he had a vision from God telling him to set up the site.

Now Stan and wife Stella say that sales are soaring thanks to massive interest from frisky Welsh clergymen and women happy to buy sex aids off the net.

“We know that lots of our customers are clergy – Catholic, Anglican, all denominations – because some of them use their full title, like Reverend,” said mum-of-three Stella, 33.

“Some of them email us personally.

“And we mail a lot of our products to addresses called The Vicarage.”

Such is the couple’s conviction about the site that they were asked to leave one church in Bridgend – and even received a death threat.

“There are some people who really, really hate what we do and say we’re going to burn in hell,” says Stella.

“But we’ve also had loads and loads of really positive feedback.

Stella says the top five sellers on the site are:

n chocolate body paint and brush

n lubricant

n ‘Rabbit’ vibrators

n spicy (dare) dice

n vibrating rings

The couple, who refuse to name the church they attend for fear of upsetting some of its more conservative congregation, insist that sex within a heterosexual marriage has been “designed by God”.

“At its best within this context, it is pure and right – there is nothing bad or dirty about it and it should be enjoyed – often,” said Stan, 37, who also runs a sandwich bar in Swansea.

But members of their church are staying tight-lipped about the couple’s devotion to promoting “Godly sex”.

And convincing others is also proving hard.

The couple’s extraordinary story is highlighted on BBC Wales documentary ‘The Missionary Position’ this week. It follows the couple through a year of their promotional campaign.

Even choosing which goods to sell on the site – www.whollylove.co.uk – is a stiff challenge.

Pornographic pictures are out, devil’s horns are a complete no-no, and while air hostess and nurses outfits are in, police officer gear is out as the Hegarty’s deem a truncheon to be “too S&M”.

by Sarah Manners - Wales On Sunday - February 10, 2008 - posted at http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk

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