Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pleasurists Edition 138


rough 02 by freakshow9Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow our RSS Feed and Twitter.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Now & Again Massager Review

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The Now & Again Massager by Little Genie is an adorable gag gift. Assuming you get a kick out the name it will put a smile on your face before leaving you in shock from the sheer power of this little number. Don’t let the small, simple design fool you. It really packs a wallop! I got this vibrator at this sex shop I trust.



It measures at 5” in length and 3” in circumference. It comes with a nice little carrying case which makes it easy to slip away in a bag for easy travel. There are several other gag vibrators in this line such as “Crotch,” “Quick Lay,” and “Toot-z-Pole,”  Sale of the Toot-z-Pole Massager has been discontinued at Eden Fantasys. Out of all of them, I found the Now & Again Massager to be the most tactful. I personally think the names for the rest are a bit too crude or really tacky and not all that clever.

It’s made of smooth purple plastic and has a "dial" base, if you can call it that. Actually, the only choices are on and off. Turning it on isn't a problem, but turning it off is. To turn it on, unscrew the base, insert a AA battery and screw the base back on. As soon as the base is screwed in place, it’s on, and you can’t turn it off unless you remove the battery. This is one of the down sides, since you obviously couldn’t just leave the batteries in, even on the go. Or hell, if you're masturbating you can't turn it off or control the setting. When you're done, remove from clitoris or other pleasure zone immediately, I presume from tossing it to the side.

I’m amazed at how powerful it is since it only cost $6.99. I’d only suggest this toy if you want an instant orgasm, like if you're in a rush, or you want to finish off playtime but you haven’t had an orgasm yet. In that way, it’s a good finisher. This will not build up to anything. It has very strong pinpoint vibrations, and just by applying this to the clit, you’re bound to get off almost immediately. It’s also incredibly loud. It doesn’t sound like a jackhammer, but it’s shrill and very buzzy in pitch.



I wouldn’t personally suggest this toy for insertion anywhere. If you happen to enjoy inserting small vibrators in your vagina, then I go for it, but I don’t see the point because it’s so narrow. You should never insert this toy anally. It’s slender and does not flare out at the base. I will say, however, that it is good for stimulating the anus externally and it would work pretty well for stimulating the taint. I think this could be a fun addition to giving your partner oral pleasure, or if you’ve been playing with a partner and you haven’t orgasmed yet, this will take you over the edge. In foreplay, it can easily be used for teasing areas such as the nipples, or inner thighs, the labia.

To clean it, all you need is some toy cleaner, alcohol wipes, or soap and water. I personally clean most of my battery operated toys under running water and scrub down with soap so I can avoid accidentally destroying a toy with submersion. I think this toy could survive a trip underwater, but I haven’t tested that out.

It’s fun to take out every once in awhile, and I think the toy looks absolutely precious, so I keep it around mostly for novelty, or occasional use. It's one of those cute gimmicky toys that I sometimes show off to "open-minded" friends, but it's not in my main arsenal. For me, it's too strong for everyday or even semi-frequent use. A kinky suggestion for this toy is forced orgasm play. I can guarantee it will give multiple frequent orgasms if used that way.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pleasurists Edition 137





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Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow our RSS Feed and Twitter.

Did you miss Pleasurists #136? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists #138? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday July 17th @ 11:59pm Pacific.

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Adult Books & Games

Adult DVDs & Porn

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Carnal Machines Review

Have a thing for steampunk? Ever wanted to read really amazing erotica in that theme, without having to take a 50/50 risk of reading good or unbearable erotica that you could read on sites like Fanfiction.net or livejournal?

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Carnal Machines is a Cleis Press erotic compilation edited by D.L. King. I got it from this awesome sex shop I trust. According to the Cleis Press Site, the book is 244 pages and 5.5 x 8 and currently only available in paperback. The site specs seemed incorrect, so I checked the page length personally. The book is actually only 212 pages, including the table of contents, the introduction, the about the authors section, the editor section, and the ads in the back. This book is very new, considering it was only published in 2011. This collection of erotica contains 14 stories which are about 15 pages each, the shortest of which is only 9 pages. The book feels sturdy and well bound. The covers have a nice pretty sheen to them.

The front cover shows a woman in brown leather outfit and goggles which seem to be emitting steam. Her lips are parted slightly and have an incredibly pale, almost deathly pale appearance. In terms of discreteness, this book is about middle of the road. It really doesn't look like your typical book of erotica, nor would the title hint at that. It took me awhile to notice that her top is cropped, showing the underside of one breast, but surprisingly, it's not that noticeable, since her breast is towards the lower-right hand side and the title seems to be more of a focal point than her breast. You could try reading this in public, but perhaps only if you're in a setting where you don't have nosy friends, family, or co-workers, etc, asking what you're reading. If you're really nervous, a quick fix is placing colored paper (or anything opaque) around the cover as a makeshift dust jacket.

I am a big fan of this book. The day I got it, I almost finished it. I absolutely didn't want to put it down! I enjoyed that the majority of the main characters were all strong females (including some strong male leads) that were in charge of their own sexualities and destinies, even if they were tasting the forbidden for the first time. It has a very taboo, kinky bent to it, so I wouldn't suggest it if you're not okay with reading about female dominance over a man (or a woman), arcane sex toys, robotic erotica and other sex machines, bondage, hints of dubious consent and hysteria/sexual relief medical procedures for women and men.

Most of these stories are so well written that you might find yourself getting attached to the characters. The authors use highly imaginative vocabulary that is suitable for the neo-Victorian time period. They also use creative ways to talk about the sexual anatomy; it wasn't just "clits," "cunts," and "dicks," although at times I felt like I couldn't bear to read the word "prick" again. My only beef with this book is that the editor overlooked some typographical and grammar errors, but it happens. Hell, I know that I leave plenty of errors which I always seem to miss. I usually find this out when I reread some of my reviews and find myself grimacing and overwhelmed by a sudden compulsion to fix everything.

The stories vary in action, the use of third or first-person, fetishes, and kinks. If you happen to not like one story, there are plenty more that are good reads. I can't think of any that I didn't like, but I will say that I favored some over others, but it wasn't by a landslide. It almost seems cruel to pick which stories are my favorites, since I think each of them were immaculately constructed in their own right, but if I had to pick, one of my favorites is "Infernal Machine" by Elias A. St. James. It is undoubtedly one of the best written kink-oriented gay male erotic stories that I have ever read. It has a beautiful contrast of fantasy, realness, and tenderness. The best thing about that story is that there I didn't pick up on "masculine" and "female" defined roles for the two lovers.

Here's a brief overview of the stories:

"Human Powered" by Teresa Noelle Roberts: A female professor has devised a machine that can harness sexual frustration. She confides in one of her male colleagues about how the device operates in hopes that he can help.

"The Servant Question"  - Janine Ashbless: A technician specializing in creating and programming robotic house servants finds himself programming "the help" to aid in more than just housework.

"Sleight of Hand" -  Renee Michaels: A female thief-for-hire finds herself outwitted by a new lock and trapped in train compartment by someone from her past.

"Mutiny on the Danika Blue" -  Poe Von Page: The captain of the Danika Blue finds himself submitting to the "real" captain of the ship.

"Deviant Devices" - Kannan Feng: A prostitute of a local brothel is prepared to experience a machine for the viewing pleasure of a commander.

"The Perfect Girl" - Jay Lawrence: A French prostitute is assigned by her madam to entertain a younger woman and an older man, based upon a promise that is unable to speak English. She finds herself at the mercy of her clients.

"Dr. Mullaley's Cure" - Delilah Devlin: An assistant of a doctor specializing in hysteria treatments recalls her experiences in witnessing and experiencing the doctor's cures.

"Her Own Devices" - Lisabet Sarai: A Chinese prostitute is sent on assignment by her master to obtain the sex contraptions of an Anglo Saxon foreigner by any means necessary.

"Lair of The Red Countess" - Kathleen Bradean: A member of an adventure club becomes bored by humdrum days at the club and decides to investigate the paranormal society across the street.

"Infernal Machine" - Elias A. St. James: An engineer finds a rare chair by a prominent designer. Once he gets to machine to operate, it seems to malfunction.

"Doctor Watson Makes A House Call" - Essemoh Teepee: Doctor Watson leaves behind Holmes and makes house visits to the beautiful budding women in upper class society.

"The Treatment" - D.L. King: A beautiful foreign woman offers medical treatments to rid the local men of undesired thoughts.

"Lucifer Einstein and The Curious Case of The Carnal Contraption" - Tracey Shellito: Women and men of a certain household are finding themselves bound and pleasured in the night by a mysterious break-in artist who leaves behind phallic vibrating toys for their use. Who is behind these break-ins?

"The Succubus" - Elizabeth Schechter: At a high class, incredibly exclusive brothel, there are several floors created to satisfy the pleasures of clientele. Every prospective client must see the succubus first.

Overall, I was highly pleased. It sounds cliche, but I feel as though someone wrote this book for me. I'm ecstatic that some other like-minded kinksters had some inspiration and the drive to put these kinky fantasies in print. I feel satisfied by the variety of stories and even though certain themes seemed to show up frequently, I didn't feel like I was reading the same stories over and over again. I enjoyed the unique writing of each of the authors.  I am certain that I will reread this book, which is a lot coming from a woman who hates rereading books. All in all, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Review - Original Plumbing: Trans Male Quarterly, Issue 6, "Schooled"

Original Plumbing (OP) is the first magazine ever dedicated to the sexuality, lifestyle, and culture of FTM (female-to-male) trans males. The editors, Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos, believe that there is no one way to express trans life. Their quarterly magazine is a collection of interviews, photos, essays, and personal narratives from FTM trans males which are an expression of the diversity of trans male life experiences and the more personal aspect of their feelings and relationships to their own bodies.

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I received Original Plumbing, Issue 6, "Schooled" through Babeland, a woman-friendly sex toy shop that I'm a fan of. I chose this product for assignment in an attempt to help me better understand trans issues.

I remember when I was younger and I first heard the terms transgender and transsexual. I didn't really get it. I couldn't identify the difference between the terms, and what they meant. For some reason I thought that trans people were only men wanting to become women. I blame this mostly on shows like Jerry Springer. That, and it's easier to surgically create a vagina than a penis.

I never thought I would actually meet anyone trans, but in the past two years, I've met several trans people. What surprised me the most was that out of all those trans people, the majority of them were trans men, including a bio woman/trans male in my sorority. Before that point, he had publicly identified as a lesbian, but now that he identifies as a trans male who is taking T. After I got to know him and his current girlfriend a bit better and after recently becoming friends with a trans female, I took it upon myself to actively try and understand what it's like to be trans.

It's not that I never tried before, but I was excited to get this magazine. Honestly, it was a bit shorter than I expected it would be for a quarterly magazine. Initially, I was a little disappointed. I will say that I thought that the doodles in the "conversation between the authors" section (aka the introduction), adorable.

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The book measures 5.5" x 8" and has 55 pages including the covers. It includes interviews with art-therapist Twiz, teacher and comedian Cayes, baking student Dento, and high school student Benji. Interviews were conducted by Amos Mac, Rocco Kayiatos, and Chris Vargas. Amos Mac was the photographer for this issue.

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The photoshoot has a high school theme. An excerpt from the site says that the boys are playing the roles of the nerd, the jock, the band geek, the stoner, the metal head, the teacher's pet, and the heart throb. I can pick out who most of the models are posing as, but not all of them. It took me a few look glances to decide who was the stoner and the heart throb. I'm assuming the heart throb is the guy with the leather jacket, who sort of reminds me of a modern adaptation of "The Fonz."


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Berlin Reed recounts a haphazard, hard-for-me-to-follow account of a recent trip that he describes as being "surrounded by a shitstorm" in his submitted work, "I'll Take The Practical."

Wyatt Austin shares in his account "The Reunion," the difficulty of attending a high school reunion when you're a trans male and you never liked most of the people in your high school anyway.

Wesly Heney shares a touching and heartbreaking poem, "Eyelashes," which relates his fear as being recognized as the bio woman he used to be by a fellow student.

James Douglas retells his anarchy against forced uniforms and the support of a loving family in his account titled "Catholic School."

Overall, I'm not entirely sure what to think of the magazine. I liked reading the interviews, and I found the written works interesting to read. I felt the pain in the words of Wyatt Austin and Wesly Henry in their works, and I enjoyed hearing about the snarky rebellion of James Douglas. I couldn't understand what message Berlin Reed was trying to bring across. Whatever he was trying to say, it was completely lost on me.

I liked the ads included in the magazine, one of which pointed me towards a site called I Heart Queer Porn. There's an included code in the back that allows the magazine reader to get 20 free minutes of viewing. In case you're interested in the site, but you haven't gotten this issue, don't worry, you can still get 10 minutes of free viewing without credit card verification and 30 minutes free with credit card verification. I intend to check out the site. There's a particular porn that caught my interest.

As for the magazine itself, I'm not sure what I think about it. It's still a very young magazine, so I personally think that it has an interesting start, but it has some room to grow. This was after all only their 6th issue. Their 7th issue, "The Green Issue"  is now out, but it's not yet listed on Babeland. I will say, however, that I am very interested in the future of this magazine and how it will grow in the future. I really like the art direction, and for that, I have no constructive criticism.

Reading this magazine made me consider a little deeper what it's actually like to be trans. I know I'll never really get it since I am not trans, but I appreciate any sort of literature that can maybe make it a little easier for people like me to try and learn more about it. I think the concept of this magazine is absolutely wonderful since it really seems to create a platform for people to share their experience with other trans males. My hope is that magazines like Original Plumbing will make trans less of a closeted issue and that it will help people who are going through the same thing know that they aren't alone. That by itself is a ground-breaking concept.

I'm not sure if I will hold onto it yet, but if I don't, I know I definitely have friends who would be interested in it. I might even donate it to this local queer and kink friendly coffee house. They have a library that I've become addicted to, but more on that later.