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April 8, 2009

The inimitable Kendall McKenzie has a new article up at Sadie about sex toys. I’m usually disappointed with articles like that. They are so often any mix of sensationalistic, heterocentric, penetrocentric, and poorly informed. I have to hand it to Kendall: I know a lot about the topic, and she knows a lot more than I do, and this is none of those things. It is a thorough guide by a well-versed author. She speaks from experience as both a sex toy salesperson and end user, she conveys information useful to both the novice and the relatively knowledgeable, and she does not assume the social position or sexual conduct of her audience.

She covers the stuff that most of these articles miss:

How to shop for a vibrator with a quality motor.

Japanese motors are known to be superior and more durable, though consequently a little pricier, while Chinese motors are a bit chintzier but also less expensive. If you’re looking at two very similar toys with very different price tags, the reason is probably the origin of the motor (though different materials can affect the price too). In sex toy land, quality varies drastically, and you usually get what you pay for.

How to pick a siliocne lube.

All pure silicone formulas are made of three silicone liquids that form lube when combined: Dimethicone, Dimethiconal and Cyclomethicone. But the ratios of these three ingredients will affect the viscosity, quality, and price. Dimethicone is denser than the other two silicones, so “premium” (which usually means “pricier”) silicone lubes use more Dimethicone and therefore it will be listed higher up on the ingredient label. Don’t feel like you need to automatically go for the fanciest formula; in fact, many people enjoy a thinner, less noticeable lube.

How to pick a strap-on harness.

If you want to use the harness with a double dildo, you might need a model that sits lower on the hips and positions the toy closer to your vagina. Many women also enjoy lower-riding harnesses because they’re able to receive pleasure simply from the dildo bumping against their clit as they penetrate their partner.

It’s a long read, but it’s a long read about the selection and use of sex toys.

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 9, 2009 11:06 am

    Thanks so much for the review, Thomas! You’re a member of that “experienced” audience category that I was worried about being able to entertain and educate. Writing about sex toys for people who know nothing about this shit is pretty easy – being able to impress any information upon people who already know what they’re doing is a whole other ballgame. That’s the entire reason I made this thing so long. How many articles about sex toys have you read where it’s just the same basic. boring shit, over and over? I wanted to be THOROUGH and I wanted people to learn things they’d never heard before.

    So anyway, so glad I came through, and seriously, thanks for being patient enough to read the whole thing!

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