Are Mainers prudes relating to intercourse — or have we lightened up?

Twenty years in the past, the information {that a} intercourse store, Pandora’s Boxxx, was to open in south Brewer was met with outrage. Indignant residents signed a petition demanding it transfer out of the neighborhood, there have been two separate protests, a lawsuit was filed and Brewer in the end adopted an ordinance about grownup leisure companies.

This week, the information that Adam & Eve, a nationwide chain of shops promoting intercourse toys and different grownup merchandise, will open on Broadway in Bangor later this 12 months was met, for probably the most half, with approval or shrugs. Commenters on the BDN web site and on social media hailed the arrival of a brand new enterprise in Bangor, and one which’s sex-positive in addition. In different phrases: it’s not a giant deal.

It’s a good distance from the outcry of earlier a long time. The truth is, right now, public opinion has shifted dramatically from the period when grownup companies and sexually express materials have been both not talked about, considered as morally reprehensible, or have been actively opposed by many in the neighborhood. At this time, it’s simply one other kind of enterprise, similar as another.