Mission

When it comes to sex, a  lot of people wonder “am I normal?” What we see in our work is that sexuality is incredibly diverse. There are over 7 billion different kinds of normal on this planetand they’re all welcome here!

Since opening our doors in 2011, Other Nature has always encouraged curiosity about sexuality you don’t need to “know it all” (nobody does.) Not knowing is a chance to learn, and an invitation to be creative and playful.

We support consensual sexual expression in all its many forms, bodily autonomy, and sexual self-determination. And however you feel about sex right now, we're here for you.

At Other Nature, you will find a variety of high-quality products, body-safe sex toys, awesome books and zines, feminist porn, alternative menstrual products, natural and organic lube, gender expression gear, locally-made vegan floggers and cuffs, and lots of other sexy stuff.

If mainstream sex shops are unappealing and you’re tired of big business capitalism, we hope you’ll find us a refreshing alternative. We’re here to help you make the choices that are right for you, and will never pressure you into buying products you don’t really want.

So come in, have some tea, get advice from our knowledgeable staff, and while you're at it, check out our upcoming workshops.  We offer alternative home parties too!

Not in Berlin? We’re here for you, too! Browse our products, check out our info pages and get in touch with your questions and comments. 

OUR VALUES

Other Nature is a feminist, queer, sex-positive, eco-friendly, and vegan sex shop.  Want to know what we mean by these words? Keep reading...

Feminist:

We believe in, and advocate for, a level playing field for all genders in all areas of life, and hope that you’ll join us in the fight – whether you call yourself a feminist or not.

Other Nature provides alternatives to the sexist rubbish often found in mainstream sex shops – much of which reinforces sexist stereotypes, traditional gender roles, and dominant power hierarchies – from misogynist product packaging to male-focused, heterosexist and mostly just plain sexist porn.

We offer products and workshops which promote empowered female sexuality, gender and sexual diversity, reproductive choice, consent and sexual agency, and other feminist ideals about sex and sexuality.

We also recognize that sexism intersects with other forms of discrimination and prejudice, such as racism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, and ableism, all of which need to be addressed and unpacked in our fight against patriarchal injustice.

Queer:

Like most labels, ‘Queer’ means different things for different people. It can be a personal way of understanding and/or communicating our sexual preferences. It can be a political statement which breaks down binary ways of thinking. It can be lots of other things, too.

For us, being queer involves questioning prevailing norms, because we know that, when it comes to sex, there is no “normal”. Sexuality is as diverse as people are. What someone desires, enjoys or fantasizes about isn't determined by their anatomy, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Regardless of how you identify and what you're into, you're welcome at Other Nature. You can ask questions and browse our products without fear of being boxed in – because we know that double dildos aren't just for lesbians, a dislike of anal sex doesn't make you less gay, and getting off on hot hetero porn won't turn you straight.

In a world which constantly tries to tell us how to be, and too often punishes us for being who we are, Other Nature is committed to supporting and celebrating everyone's right to determine and express their own unique sexuality.

Sex-positive:

Everyone has the right to make – and deserves to feel great about – their own choices regarding their sexuality and sexual practices. For us, sex-positivity is about respecting and rejoicing in these choices. There's nothing wrong with sex, and there's equally no right way to want, have or feel about it.

There's an array of negative and contradictory messages about sex out there, which can lead to people feeling ashamed for wanting lots of sex or for not wanting any, for being kinky or for being vanilla, for who they desire or what they enjoy, or for not knowing those things.

At Other Nature, we won't tell you what your sexuality “should” be like, but we are available for open and honest discussion about ourselves as sexual beings – our feelings about our bodies, our desires and fantasies, issues around consent, our relationships, and the vast spectrum of possible sexual practices available for us to choose from.

We recognise that sex is by no means always positive. For those who’ve had negative sexual experiences or have survived sexualised violence, we’re also a supportive place in which to navigate difficult feelings about sex, and to access survivor-specific resources.

We strive to consciously destabilize and resist harmful beliefs that sex is shameful or bad. We hope that the inclusive, informative, and cozy atmosphere we provide will encourage others to do the same.

And while we're passionate about destigmatizing sex, we're even more committed to confidentiality – so rest assured that you can depend on our discretion.

Eco:

Ever wonder why your dildo smells like a new shower curtain? Or why your butt plug has started to disintegrate? The simple answer is that sex toys are often made using toxic and porous materials which are potentially hazardous to your health. Hot? … NOT.

At Other Nature, we’re committed to doing our part to make the world more sustainably sexy.  You’ll find a wide variety of high-quality products that are made using body- and environmentally-friendly materials. None of our toys contain phthalates, and all of our insertable toys (ex. dildos, vibrators, butt plugs) are made of non-porous materials that are easy to clean.

We actively seek out products made by companies which share our commitment to environmental- and body- friendliness, as well as working with lots of local “D.I.Y.” crafters, trans-, women- and queer-owned companies, and small manufacturers. We sell a wide selection of products that are manufactured in Germany, many of which are locally-made here in Berlin.

We acknowledge that there’s still a long way to go to make the sex toy industry greener, and we will keep on trying to do it better.

Vegan:

pictured above: Einhorn Condoms

To the best of our knowledge, all the products at Other Nature are vegan.  Given our high standards when it comes to selecting products, and our desire to create a sex shop with care and compassion as its foundation, the decision to go vegan made a lot of sense.

Most sex shops carry certain items which are traditionally made from animal-products, such as leather strap-ons, cuffs, floggers, and other BDSM gear. Leather items are the most obvious non-vegan products.  Some condoms and lubricants are also not vegan.

At Other Nature, we offer alternatives to these traditionally animal-derived products and ingredients.  Our strap-ons and kink gear are mostly made using imitation leather, nylon, or rubber.  Many of our floggers are made by local crafters using recycled bicycle tubes and other found objects.  We also offer a wide range of vegan latex and non-latex condoms, gloves, and dental dams, and vegan lubricants.

We’re very happy to provide a wide range of sexy, animal-friendly alternatives for anyone (vegan or not!) who is looking for ethically-made, high quality products.


TEAM

Sara Rodenhizer is the Founder and General Manager of Other Nature.

She has worked in the field of sex education and sex toy retail since 2004, starting out as a sex educator-sales associate and later becoming manager of Venus Envy, the award-winning feminist sex shop in Ottawa, Canada.  She moved to Germany in 2010, and in 2011 she co-founded Other Nature in Berlin. She is passionate about creating comfortable spaces for people to explore and to learn more about sex and sexuality. 

Though the sex shop keeps her pretty busy, she's always eager to take on the next Extreme Baking Challenge.

Footnote: Other Nature was founded by Sara Rodenhizer and Anne Schindler in October 2011. Anne stopped working at Other Nature in July 2013 and has no remaining ties with the shop.   


Kitty May is Other Nature's Director of Education and Community Outreach.

After volunteering in sex education programmes throughout university, Kitty was thrilled to learn that talking about sex can be a career. She has a background in youth work and counselling and, since moving to Berlin in 2012, has qualified as a Heilpraktikerin für Psychotherapie and opened a psychotherapy practice.

Kitty is committed to building a more sex-positive world, one open, honest conversation at a time.

She is fond of humans, books and cats, not necessarily in equal measure.


Tamara is Other Nature's Office Coordinator.

Tamara never imagined that one day she would become a career "dildo dealer" ... and yet, here she is, enthusiastically talking about sex and sexuality on a daily basis.  

Tamara is committed to creating a space where people of all genders are welcome and feel at ease sharing their experiences and asking questions. Especially close to her heart is the desire to help every person more fully get to know and love themselves and their own bodies. 

When she's not in the shop, she's probably at home knitting and listening to strange music.

Cat is a sex educator at Other Nature.

Originally trained as an artist in Hamburg and London, Cat has travelled around the world for art projects and events, including the Ghetto Biennale 2015 & 2017 in Haiti.

Though she’s had various jobs, her work at Other Nature is especially meaningful to her. She loves finding the right product for each customer, and in quieter moments, she draws on her artist’s eye to make beautiful shop displays.

Cat also works as a certified teacher in the Tellington TTouch® Method for dogs & humans. She adores teaching people and their animals about this fascinating and integrative bodywork.

Jas is one of Other Nature’s passionate sex educators and also its porn collection curator.

She has a creative background as a trained illustrator, and has primarily focused on bodies, sex and identity as the subjects of her work. These interests still prevail in her artistic development and professional life. She is the co-founder of the lesbian magazine Straight, and these days is committed to creating better porn for a better world as a performer in feminist porn.

At Other Nature, her politics and interests combine in important ways, which also contributes to meaningful conversations with both customers and her colleauges.

Plus: Jas always brings her dog Rita, who’s Other Nature’s official greeter (and educator in her own way!)

PRESS

Check out the press links about Other Nature below.

Interested in writing about Other Nature, or getting our perspective on your story? Get in touch via office[at]other-nature.de.

How to love the butt(w)hole: probing deeper with Berlin's sex educators Coven Berlin 03.04.18

Other Nature, sex shop féministe Good Morning Berlin 08.02.18

Typisch Berlin Berliner Morgenpost 28.11.17

One Alternative Sex Shop in Berlin Leads the Way in Consent Private Made Public 15.11.17

We're committed to sexual well-being as well as the well-being of the planet Got a Girl Crush 09.11.17

Berlínsky vegan sexshop je tu pro ,,blaho lidí planety" Femag 25.10.17

Vegane Sextoys shoppen Emotion 09.10.17

Other Nature: der etwas andere Sexshop Vegan World 14.09.17

Nachhältiges Sexspielzeug Broadly 28.06.17

Other Nature - Berlin's alternative sex shop Flux FM 13.05.17

Fifty Shade of Vegan Sex Mail & Guardian 28.04.17

Welche Bedeutung hat Sexspielzeug im Liebesleben Weiblich & Intim 27.03.17

,,In unserem Sexshop servieren wir Tee...” Not Another Woman Mag 01.02.17

What I learned from an adult sex class Glamour 13.12.16

Spiel dich glücklich! Rosegarden 07.06.16

Ist Veggie-Sex der bessere Sex? Die Welt 10.05.16

Vegan Berlin Vegan för Fan 01.02.16

Other Nature – Alternativer Sexladen Offbeat Blossom 19.02.16

These savvy women are redefining the sex shop Upworthy 12.02.16

Other Nature: Berlin’s Alternative Sex Laden Berlin Logs 04.02.16

The vegan sex positive episode with Other Nature and Peaches Burlesque on Air 02.12.15

Kuir feminist seks shop Other Nature Lezbifeministler 17.11.15

36 Hours in Berlin Travel Channel 13.08.15

Das Other Nature Kulturen 28.12.14

Alternativer Sexshop in Kreuzberg Vegane Kondone und Peitschen aus Fahrradschläuchen Berliner Zeitung 26.06.14

Zwischen veganen Dildos und Fahrradschlauch-Peitschen Tagespiegel 11.06.14

Vegane Peitschen und Muschi-Malbuch Berliner Zeitung 24.07.12

Other Nature Claudi Goes Vegan 12.09.12

"Other Natur": Rein veganer Sexshop in Berlin Vegan.eu 02.08.12

Vegan sex shop offers responsible romping The Local 16.04.12

Alles außer Schweinkram Taz 02.03.12

Vegan hoch Sex Biorama 29.02.12

Hier kommen vegane Sadisten zu ihrer Peitsche Online Focus 08.01.12

Alternatives Sex-Shopping Mädchenmannschaft 20.10.11