It’s summer and tomato season is nearly upon us. Perhaps you are a gardener. Perhaps you are masking up and attending local farmer’s markets. Maybe you are just trudging through the threatening minefield of your local supermarket, or pulling mysterious fruits and vegetables from your oh-so-local farm CSA. Either way, it’s August, and you are very likely going to be confronted with a gorgeous heirloom tomato that leaves you asking yourself: Who names tomato varieties, and why are they so horny?
You can bet I asked myself this question in June while planting my vegetable garden. As someone who has worked in a feminist sex shop, let me tell you, some of these plants really do sound like professionally manufactured sex machines. So, let’s put your intersection of queer interests to the tests and see how many you can get right. Tomato variety, or sex toy?