September 23, 2009

Pleasurists #47

Posted in 1, sex, Sex Education, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:20 pm by Femme Mystique

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Pleasurists is a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days from bloggers all around the sex blogosphere. Did you miss Pleasurists #46? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists #48? Submit it here before Sunday September 27th at 11:59pm PDT. Please re-post this list on your own blog if listed.

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On to the reviews…

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Toys for Cocks

Lube, Massage Oil, Bath Stuff, & etc.

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September 18, 2009

Booster Vibrator by Fun Factory

Posted in 1, sex, Sex Education, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:28 am by Femme Mystique

Fun Factory Booster Patchy Paul

What the heck is that thing?
This vibrator is a third generation version of Fun Factory’s favorite worm, Patchy Paul.  He’s made out of 100% silicone and is waterproof, so take him in the shower with you!

What’s it feel like?
Texturally speaking, this feels like most Fun Factory products–it’s a soft, flexible silicone with a matte finish and ribbing from tip to base.  Structurally it is bendable, as it lacks a rigid spine.  This may be helpful if you’re looking for something that bends, but much like second generation Patchy Paul, its lack of rigidity means that firm G-spot stimulation is difficult.

What are the vibrations like?
The vibrations are pretty strong in the base, but they quickly lose strength the further they travel up the shaft of the vibrator.  At the tip, the vibrations are very weak.  This, combined with the lack of a spine, means that using this for clitoral stimulation does not work very well.

There are several different speeds of straight vibration that can be scrolled through using the up and down push buttons as well as three pulsating patterns.  At any time you can go back to the straight vibrations by pushing the down button.  You can also get a boost of extra oomph by pressing the turbo button and holding it down.  While this is an interesting feature, it is difficult to keep the button held down.

It’s powered by solar energy though, right? Ethan0l?  Telekinesis?
Better take out stock in Duracell, Paul takes a whopping four triple A batteries and will munch right through them if you utilize that booster function too much.

Can I get it in orange?
Unfortunately no, but this one comes in a snazzy granny smith green or translucent hot pink.

I’m ready.  Lube me up, baby!
Be sure to use only water-based lubricants with this toy, as silicone and oil-based lubes will hurt Paul’s feelings (and his finish).  Fun Factory gets you started with a sample of their water-based ToyFluid.  When you’re done, wash with warm water and mild soap, toy cleaner, or a diluted bleach solution.

Moment of truth: the verdict.
I also have owned the second generation Patchy Paul and hoped that this would be a vast improvement on that toy.  This Paul is bigger, brighter, and has push buttons, patterns, and turbo power; still, it’s not a vibrator that sticks out in my mind.  The fact that the vibrations still don’t reach the tip, the base is too floppy to stimulate my G-spot,  and that I can’t use it clitorally very effectively is  a big disappointment.

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G-spot vibrator by Fun Factory
Material: Silicone
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September 12, 2009

Sex Toy Review: Petite Couture Silhouette by California Exotics

Posted in 1, sex, Sex Education, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:08 pm by Femme Mystique

Petite Couture Silhouette Vibrator California Exotics

The Good: This toy is made out of a wonderfully squishy silicone that is super hygienic.  The vibrator is powerful, yet very quiet, and has multiple speeds and functions.  The design is slightly curved to hit the G-spot.  Great for travel.

The Bad: The different functions are nothing new or noteworthy.  They are the traditional pulsating and rollercoaster-type functions.

The Verdict: I would have never guessed this was a California Exotics product.  Made from premium materials and packaged very simply, Cal Exotics has really taken their products to the next level with the Couture and Petite Couture lines.  I gave the Silhouette four stars.

You can read my full review here.

*Don’t forget to use the code 6t2 at checkout for 15% off!

September 11, 2009

Sex Toy Review: Tantric Satin Ties Wrist Cuffs by California Exotics

Posted in 1, sex, Sex Education, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:07 pm by Femme Mystique

California Exotics Satin Wrist Cuffs
The Good: These are probably some of the prettiest cuffs I’ve ever seen.  I loved the red satin with the black ribbon corset pattern and the fact that they can be hooked together with the included metal clip.  They are also padded, which makes them super comfy.

The Bad: I was disappointed by the fact that they were far too large for my little wrists.  While these cuffs will work OK for very light BDSM play, I would recommend something sturdier for more advanced BDSM players.  The Velcro also catches very easily on the satin, which makes the fabric fray.

The Verdict: An overall good concept with a few flaws.  They definitely have a specific niche of those looking for pretty, comfortable restraints for very light BDSM.  I gave these cuffs three stars.

Check out my full review here.

*Don’t forget to use the code 6T2 at checkout to receive 15% off!

August 25, 2009

Sex Toy Review: Ruffle Top and Gartered Rhumba Shorts by Leg Avenue

Posted in sex, Sex Education, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:06 am by Femme Mystique

Leg Avenue Lingerie

Good lingerie has an amazing way of giving the wearer an extra boost of confidence.  I’d never owned lingerie before, so I thought it would be something new and different to experience with my partner.

When it comes to underwear, I don’t like thongs or G-strings, so I was really pleased to find that this set came with cute “boy shorts” style bottoms.  These bottoms I found to be both comfortable and flattering, and I loved the detachable garters, which meant I could wear the set with or without stockings.  The ruffles on the bottom–which also appear as an accent on the top–are especially cute.

One thing I was worried about was the top.  The small is recommended for an A or B cup, and I am a DD.  Though it was obvious the top had been designed for someone less busty, the top still supported and looked attractive.

The construction of these garments is also better than I had originally anticipated.  Though they are of a very delicate nylon mesh, they appear to be fairly sturdy and have thus far showed no signs of wear.

As far as sizing goes, this set seems to be fairly true to size.  I am a ladies’ size 2 to 4, and Leg Avenue’s size small fits me very well.

Overall, I think this is an amazing, very sexy set of lingerie that has left me wanting to try more.  Both my partner and I thought it was a great way to try something different and both noticed the added confidence that wearing it seemed to give me.

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Bra and gartered panty set by Leg Avenue
Material: Nylon

July 21, 2009

Dildos: An Imitation of the Male Penis?

Posted in 1, Gender Politics, Queer Politics, sex, Sex Education tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:02 am by Femme Mystique

As a mostly woman-identified queer person, I have at several points battled internally with the idea of using dildos for partner sex.  Identifying as a lesbian places one in a very unique place with regards to heterosexism.

Upon coming out, early lesbian friends of mine shunned the dildo as a representation of the male penis.  “If I wanted a penis, I could have the real thing,” they chided.  Upon further analysis, however, I found this to be a very androcentric and problematic statement.

Havelock Ellis, a nineteenth century sexologist, originated the idea that lesbian sex, especially with the use of sex toys, was an imitation of heterosexual, penis-in-vagina sex.  This androcentric analysis places an extraordinarily higher value on the penis versus the vagina, with emphasis on imitation rather than pleasure.

Without  a doubt women can experience sexual pleasure from sex without the involvement of a penis.  I propose then that dildos are not by default phallic representations, nor in contrast are they necessarily yonic.  They are, in their purest form, merely instruments of pleasure.

I’ve never seriously wanted to be a man.  Sure, I think it might be fun to try.  Sure, I sometimes wish I could gain the privileges that come along with being born into a male body.  But overall I am content with the biological sex into which I have been born and the gender which I choose to present.  I don’t think that my use of sex toys threatens either of these things in any way.

June 29, 2009

Sex Toy Review: Orion Bottle Rocket by Evolved

Posted in 1, Sex Education, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:53 am by Femme Mystique

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The Orion is an amazing discreet vibrator from Evolved Novelties.  Orion is my second Evolved toy, and I was very impressed by it.  I loved the wide ribbing and the compact size, as well as the fact that it was made of a body-safe plastic.

Read my full review here.

June 26, 2009

Confessions of an Ex-Catholic: Sex and Guilt

Posted in 1, Gender Politics, sex, Sex Education tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:58 pm by Femme Mystique

Religion and mainstream media have ingrained in us very disturbing attitudes about women and sexual pleasure.  If we as women like sex too much, we’re slutty and whorish.  If we don’t want to have sex or don’t enjoy the sex we’re having, we’re uptight, frigid bitches.

It has also been taught to us that we are not the focus of sex.  For many of us, receiving pleasure is a source of guilt–what if the other person isn’t enjoying this?  Do I look OK?  Do I smell OK?  Does my partner like the sounds I make?  And, of course, am I taking too long?

A quick internet search produced a ton of results of women who were afraid they were taking too long.  One even said her partner rarely tried, and she didn’t blame him.  This attitude is pervasive even in women who have sex with other women.  Our roles as pleasers of others too often come before our roles as recipients of pleasure.

Many women are not just not having orgasms though, they are going a step further by faking it.  An article in Slate reports that 72% of women have faked it in their current or most recent relationship.  Still more have likely faked it at least once in their sexual histories.  What causes faked orgasms though?  I speculate that it is a combination of guilt about the time we’re taking and an unwillingness to hurt our partners’ egoes.  Faking it allows us to avoid confrontation, but hinders us from getting what we want.

I wish we could free ourselves from the cycle of sexual guilt and dissatifaction.  It’s obvious that attitudes need to change, but how do we go about making those changes?

June 23, 2009

Sex Toy Review: Swirled G by WHK GmbH

Posted in 1, sex, Sex Education, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:15 pm by Femme Mystique

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Recently I reviewed the Swirled G glass dildo by WHK GmbH.  This glass dildo has an oblong base which makes a great handle and has a nice, subtle curve for G-spot or P-spot stimulation.  I loved the swirled that twisted around the length of the toy, which felt amazing.  I also loved the price point of this toy.  Glass can be very expensive, but this one comes in at an easy-on-the-wallet $25.

I took issue with a feature I dislike about a lot of dildos, in that I felt it was overly phallic.  I prefer toys that are sexy, artistic, and female-centric.  This one is a little more generic looking, but still very functional.  Overall, still a pretty great toy.

You can read my full review here.

Sex Toy Review: Bandito by Fun Factory

Posted in 1, sex, Sex Education, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:00 pm by Femme Mystique

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Last week I reviewed Bandito, a harness compatible and suction cup based dildo from Fun Factory.  I thought Bandito had an amazing G-spotting curve and loved the fact that I could use it in a harness.  It is also made of Fun Factory’s famous silicone, which is my favorite because it’s so incredibly soft.

My one complaint is that it’s a little more phallic than I typically prefer.  I would have preferred something without the pronounced “head” that Bandito is designed with.  Overall, however,  I think this toy is fabulous.  I wish it came in more colors, because I don’t like purple and, as my partner put it, the black looks somewhat alien.  Still, another excellent find from Fun Factory.

Read my full review here.

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