"Rubber Goods" was the label that the catalogs gave to enema and douche equipment, but there was at least one pharmacy that I remember suing the term over those shelves containing such products. While it had all started with those two syringes that we had in the house when I was growing up, my interest certainly increased with the knowledge that most women owned one for feminine hygiene purposes. That realization started with seeing my older sister's folding syringe one weekend when she was home from college, but when I finally went away to school and started dating the idea was firmly established that this is what women did.
Since I have also confessed to being a bit of a voyeur and being on the lookout for who owned what type, there were those opportunities in plain sight if you were alert enough to see them. At college I remember waiting for my date one evening. She lived in one of the newly renovated dorms that had a central lounge area in the center and bedrooms off of one side and a single common bathroom as well. It was a sort of an odd situation that probably stemmed from the compromises that had to be made with for cost effective construction. Nevertheless, as I sat there women were going back and forth to the bathroom, each carrying the necessary items. One girl came through carry a large towel, a soap dish, bottles of shampoo and creme rinse, and a red combination syringe. All was in plain sight and I longed for a closer look to determine if it was for douching or an enema. She was a good looking lady, too, and my imagination clicked into action.
But the best place was always the pharmacies, although many of the supermarkets also had a decent selection of rubber goods. It was always interesting to see who might be buying what, whether they could be observed in the store aisle or even better at checkout. Even recently I observed a young couple selecting a combination syringe and I couldn't help but wonder who it was being purchased for.