Friday, June 25, 2010

Of Beauty and Blogging

Recently, my friend Rockin' over at the Light Switch decided to give me the Beautiful Blogger award. It really touched me that I was one of the ones she thought of when she received it herself.

The rules of the Beautiful Blogger award are simple. Those who receive one shall pass it on to three other bloggers they think are beautiful in some way, and then share seven things about themselves that their readers may not know.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Review: Ophoria Bliss #8

The Ophoria Bliss #8, sent to me by Fascinations, is a very well-made vibrator. At this price range, I was actually quite surprised by how well designed it is. The little things that make using and caring for a toy so much nicer are there, showing an attention to detail often overlooked in higher-priced designer brands.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Epiphora's Woodgasm Giveaway

Epiphora holding an awesome contest to give away a beautiful Nobessence toy to a very lucky winner! How can you get in on the action, you ask? See below, the instructions straight from her giveaway entry. If you're super-curious, head over to her blog, Hey Epiphora!
The winner of this giveaway will get to choose whichever NobEssence toy they want from SheVibe — butt plug, dildo, cock ring, kegel exerciser, whichever they most desire. And this giveaway is open to my international readers!* Beautiful, yes?

Twitter trivia parties!

The most exciting way to enter this giveaway will be to attend one or both of the two Twitter parties I’ll be holding. YEAH, I’M GOING THERE. Com’n, it’ll be fun! We’ll use the hashtag #woodgasm, chat about sex toys, and each participant will earn an entry into the giveaway just for participating. I’ll also be asking trivia questions, and party-goers who are quickest to correctly answer these questions will get extra entries.
Party #1: Saturday, June 12th, 2010, 3 p.m. — 4 p.m. PST. (what time for you?)
Party #2: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, 6 p.m. — 7 p.m. PST. (what time for you?)
Be sure to follow me on Twitter beforehand! Also, in preparation for the trivia questions, here are some study materials:

Other ways to enter

Oh yes, there are always more…
  • 5 entries: Write a blog post about this giveaway. Use my graphic, just host it yourself. Be sure to mention the Twitter parties!
  • 3 entries: Comment on this post telling me which NobEssence piece you want the most and why.
  • 3 entries: Subscribe to my RSS feed or subscribe via email.

Deadline: June 20th, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

* Fine print: This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere, but if you live outside the U.S., you will need to pay any customs taxes or tariffs levied by your country. Winner will be selected randomly from a list of entries.

Wishlist Wednesday: Elvis

(I know it's no longer Wednesday. Play along, I saw the Elvis on Wednesday...)

I recently realized that somehow I've reached the point where I've tried enough toys that I rarely ever lust over a toy anymore. Mostly I just think "Huh. That looks interesting. But it probably won't get me off any better than what I already have, nor does it have better functions/materials/rechargeability/whatever. But it does look kinda cool. Can has?" Usually, it takes something I've never, ever tried before to really get me curious and lusting, since I have a serious thing for novelty. Wooden dildos? Perhaps hand carved? Steel butt plugs? Real electrosex toys? Wartenberg wheels? Crops? Elk floggers? Liquid latex? Those get me seriously lusting, simply because I've never gotten to play with them. I almost never list over a new vibrator, or a new dildo (or dong, if they INSIST on calling it that), or a new lube, or a new rabbit style toy. I guess I'm either jaded, or I've found toys that fill those niches for me nearly perfectly.

Thus, I was shocked and amazed when a new toy offering set my heart (and pussy) a-flutter. They're not new, but I'd somehow never seen them until SheVibe picked them up. I saw them, and a stab of lustful must have shot through me. What are they? Dildos by Vamp Silicone. These things are seriously wonderful looking. The red silicone is just gorgeous. And the designs look fantastic. Seriously, I'm lusting like hell after the Elvis softskin like nobody's business. I have this funny feeling that I'd be petting the soft silicone for an hour or two, then wandering around the house wearing it in my Joque harness all day. Then pegging the boyfriend. Then re-condoming up so I can give it a test drive. Suddenly I need to know if those "soft" balls really swing, because balls that feel realistic would rock so hardcore.

I do worry a bit about the thickness of the base - it looks like it might be a little too thin to be stable in a harness. But honestly, the cock part is everything I adore in a dildo: very slightly pronounced head, slightly curved, 1.5" shaft, otherwise almost completely smooth. A dildo I can really go to town with, without worrying if I'm going to end up sore and abraded from too much texture for fast thrusting. It looks perfect. Now I just have to dig through my budget and see if I can come up with enough to afford it...

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pleasurists #81

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

On College Tuition Hikes

I want to voice a few thoughts on college tuition, both as a current undergraduate student and as the child of a college professor. Recently, there have been huge, almost crippling cuts to the funding of my university. Rather logically, the university is considering turning to tuition to bridge the gap, so that they can cut as few programs and opportunities for the students as possible. There has been an uproar from portions of the student body over the proposed tuition hikes. They point to bloated sports programs and administrative salaries as problems that should be slashed to meet the deficit. What they fail to realize is that, at least in the case of our specific university, cutting these would only be a drop in the bucket compared to the shortfall. Huge cuts across the board and/or tuition hikes are some of the only options truly feasible at this point, to truly bridge the growing gap in funding.

One of the first places that the money will come from is the professors' pockets. Already a horribly underpaid profession, they stand to be hurt even farther. Ever heard of the parable of the cobbler whose children went barefoot? My mother is a professor at a certain private university. If my father didn't happen to be in a very lucrative position in his highly specialized field, if he had followed his dream of becoming a professor, there is no way I could have afforded to go to my current undergraduate university without a huge burden of debt... and I go to what is considered a (comparably) very affordable public university

I know that tuition hikes will hurt many people. I am among those who stand to be hurt, and hurt badly by tuition hikes at my college. I'm not saying "damn low tuition, screw those who can't afford it!" because I'm among those who would be hurt by this change. I'm just saying that, given the horrible financial situation that has very suddenly been dumped on our university by an awful governor (hey, I didn't vote for him) who thinks a good educational system is a waste of state money, there aren't many choices. I am unfortunately too aware of the other side of the story to join the hordes of idealists mobbing the doors of the administrative buildings, threatening violence if the proposed tuition hikes go through. I agree that the money should come from elsewhere first (hello, bloated sports and top-heavy administrative systems), but I can't ignore the facts. Too much state funding was ripped out from under us to make up for by paring sports or cutting superfluous administrators. They are going to have to raise our tuition costs.

Personally, I'd prefer, say, a 10% increase in tuition next year over not being able to complete my major because so many classes and sections were cut. I have friends who got slammed with that last time our state funding dropped. It took them an extra year to finish their degrees, which is a heck of a lot more than the cost of the tuition hike.
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Let's Talk Religion

No, really. Let's talk religion.

Run away if you want, I promise not to be offended. I also promise that this isn't about me trying to convert or un-convert people, or about getting up on my high horse, or preaching at you all. This is about me talking about how I fit into the jigsaw of our world. This is about me exploring, in words, how I feel about something that means a lot to me. It has little or nothing to do with sex, sexuality, or sex toys, so if that's what you're here for, try one of my other posts. The few who are still interested, follow me down the rabbit hole - I mean, follow me past the jump.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review: Rose G-Spotter

I love glass. I adore firm, compact, pinpoint g-spot lovin'. When I saw the Rose G-Spotter over at Babeland, I knew I had to have it.

The Rose G-spotter is a lovely dildo. I'm not always picky about beauty in my sex toys, but with glass dildos it's virtually a requirement. The glass is a pretty shade of rosey pink, significantly brighter than it shows up in photos. When I first got it, I spent quite a while just turning it over in my hands, watching it catch the light. It was captivating.

Review: Underbed Restraint System

My boyfriend and I like to occasionally dabble in bondage and impact play. Unfortunately, as far as bondage goes, when your only options are linking cuffs together you're more than a little limited. We had no convenient bedposts, no spreader bars, no tethers. We'd been looking into various under-the-bed sets when , purveyor of sex toys of a zillion varieties, offered to let us review the Under the Bed Restraint System.