September 28, 2009

Sex Toy Review: O2 Rascal by Tantus

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Tantus O2 Rascal

 

What is it?

Rascal is a girthy, strap-on compatible dildo from the Tantus O2 line.

What the heck is O2?

It’s a super squishy material exclusive to Tantus.  It has a lot of give like porous materials like TPR, but it is pure silicone, making it very hygienic and easy to care for.  Under the O2, this toy has a firm inner core, ensuring that it doesn’t flop around.

What’s the texture like?

The tip is super squishy, which makes insertion a little easier.  It also has yummy ribbing from base to tip.

How big is it?

It’s 4-3/4″ insertable by a hefty 1-3/4″ wide.

How do I use it?

It’s great in a harness, but somewhat limiting in positions due to its length.  Its best use is with the wearer on bottom and the recipient on top, as it is a little difficult to thrust with.

Best features?

It is waterproof and contains a bullet vibrator that fits into an opening in the base.  Batteries are included, but if you need to replace them, they are the ever elusive watch batteries.

What could be improved?

This toy certainly isn’t for everyone.  It is quite thick, and not all bodies will be able to accomodate that.  As mentioned before, its length will limit the ways you can use it.  Sex from behind, for example, or “doggie style”, would probably be difficult.

How do I care for it?

It can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap, 10% bleach solution, in the dishwasher (top shelf, no detergent), or boiled.  It should be used with water-based lubricants only.

The verdict?

This toy carves out its niche for those wanting something soft and thick but not too long.  I would rate this toy at four stars.

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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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September 13, 2009

Sex Toy Review: Vegan Commando Harness by ASLAN Leather

Posted in 1 tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:18 pm by Femme Mystique

Vegan Commando Harness ASLAN Leather

The Good: This harness is made of super soft faux-leather, which makes my vegan heart happy.  The control on this harness is also amazing and the barely-there design allows you to feel closer to your partner.

The Bad: Unfortunately, this harness only goes up to a 46″ hip size, which means that this harness will not fit all body shapes and sizes.

The Verdict: This harness is a great value.  I love the environmentally-friendly construction and the overall design is nearly flawless.  I gave this harness five stars.

You can read my full review here.

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

July 27, 2009

Sex Toy Review: Elements Omega by Tantus

Posted in 1, sex, Sex Toys tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:17 am by Femme Mystique

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How to use it:
Elements Omega is a diminutive strap-on compatible dildo from Tantus.  Though the base allows it to be used in a harness, I would not recommend it for this purpose.  My partner found the end to be too pointy when used in a situation where there is less control, such as in a harness.  It is great for use manually, with or without the vibrating component.  Alternately, I enjoyed this dildo in the internal holder of the harness we own, the Pleasure Principle Deluxe.  There it can provide internal vibrations for the harness wearer without the pain that could be caused by vigorous thrusting.  This dildo is also safe for anal use, though I did not test it this way.

Construction:
The Elements Omega is made out of 100% silicone.  The silicone has some give, and it is softer than many Tantus products.  It is not, however, as soft as Fun Factory silicone, for example.  It is 4-1/2″ of insertable length and 1″ in diameter, which some may find to be too small.  I generally prefer toys of about 1-1/4″ in diameter, but found this to be very pleasing.  The wavy texture and slight curve make this toy feel somewhat fuller than many 1″ toys.  This toy also has a hole in the back for an included bullet vibrator.  The vibrations can be felt pretty well throughout the toy, tending to concentrate in the base where the bullet is located.

Care instructions:
Only water-based lubricants should be used with this toy.  Cleaning can be done using with a 10% bleach solution, toy cleaner, mild soap and warm water, by boiling, or in the dishwasher (top shelf, no detergent).

Packaging:
Comes in Tantus’s typical clear plastic box with a clear tray inside that holds the dildo and bullet.  I appreciate Tantus’s simple, tasteful packaging.

The verdict:
This is a really great, simple toy that can be appreciated by both beginners and advanced users.  I wish that it was more effective in a harness, but I can overlook it on account of the fact that it is otherwise a very versatile product.  Four out of five stars to Tantus for this great toy.

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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.