Sep 262013
 

G-Vibe PotD

I was surprised to have a FedEx man at my door today. I don’t usually get things delivered by them, or have them need a signature. When I looked at the package to see who it was from, I didn’t recognize the name. Then, I was surprised to see the name of the company and the toy name on the shipping label, right above my name. I wasn’t too happy about that. Since, you don’t need too many guesses to figure out what it could be. I checked with another blogger friend of mine, and hers didn’t have it on the shipping label. So maybe it was just from that one distribution center. I’ve played with it a bit (in my hands) and it seems promising. Only time will tell!

Thank you Fun Toys for providing this toy in exchange for the fair and honest review soon to come!

Sep 252013
 

Revel Body PotD

I’ve been waiting  for this day for a long time. Sandra over at SheVibe wrote me a few weeks ago saying that I would be sent the Revel Body to review, and that when I did, I would become a part of the SheVibe affiliate program. *Does a little dance* I’ve heard so many great things about SheVibe and they carry such a broad variety of toys, that I’ve been pining to be a part of their affiliate program. I’m impressed with the fact that they not only got me the Revel Body, but all four additional attachments as well. I’m looking forward to trying out the Revel Body to form my own opinion of it. I do have to say though, the 8 pages of DO NOT’s in the manual have me a little apprehensive. Still, we shall see how it goes. Fingers crossed!

Thank you SheVibe and True Sonic Technology, for sending me the Revel Body in exchange for a honest and fair review, soon to come.

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Sep 252013
 

Goodies Package

Auntie Jenna (the Auntie Mame of sex toys) over at Tantus, sent me this batch of goodies. I’ve been wanting the G-Force in bright pink to complete my Tantus handles collection, and that was the first thing I saw when I opened the package. Then the Ripple large has had me curious for months. The cock rings had/have me intimidated. Obviously I won’t be the one wearing them, but they’re HUGE. They’re the Beginner’s C-Sling and the Beginners C-Ring. The small purple one is the Super Soft C-Ring. I’m not very experienced with cock rings, so this is definitely an enlightening experience. All I have to do is break the news to my husband, that he’ll be wearing them. Coming from Tantus, I have high hopes for all of them.

Thank you Tantus for the fun toys, and thank you Auntie Jenna for picking them out for me!

Sep 252013
 

Blush Novelties PotD Suko

I actually received these two weeks ago, but with all of the traveling and staying at my grandma’s (where social networks are called FaceSpace and the internet is a mystery), I wasn’t able to post it. The silicone on the Suko is extremely squishy, and I can’t wait to try it out. The anal beads, we will see how it goes. I’m a little apprehensive of the diamond shapes.

Thanks Blush Novelties for sending me these toys in exchange for a fair and honest review soon to come.

Sep 242013
 

WeVibe TouchAfter falling in love with We-Vibe’s Salsa, I honestly thought I’d never try something that would come close. Closed minded of me, yes, but I’m being completely honest here. After a rough start I thought I was going to write off the Touch as second best, but now that I’ve thoroughly used it for weeks, I have to say something I did not think I’d ever say. The Touch is giving the Salsa serious competition. They are neck and neck. I have been picking up the Touch more often than I have the Salsa. Boom. Truth bomb.

Alright, first off, I’m going to clear up any confusion about the color of the Touch I’m reviewing. The first Touch We-Vibe sent me was purple, and I used it in my Package of the Day post. When I looked at the innards of the packaging, I noticed I was sent a Tango manual and the Touch was fully charged. I was confused by it, so I contacted We-Vibe. They wrote me back saying they were sending me out another one, that I could keep the purple one or dispose of it like a battery, and that they had found a teal one! I was over the moon about it, because the teal color has been discontinued and it’s the one I’d been wanting.

Okay, moving on. The first time I used the Touch, I was less than impressed. Not by the vibrations but by the extreme drag of the silicone We-Vibe uses. My pussy was bone dry, and rearranging the Touch was extremely distracting. I’m not usually one to be put off by a first experience, but I was in this case. At least for a few days. Then I figured I’d take it in the shower. I fell in love with it. The silicone drag allowed me to keep a grip on it, and the shape of the scoop left little to no error when using while standing. After the shower, I took it to the bed and had a great time there. Since then, I gotten over my initial dislike of the silicone and have grown to like it. I’ve come to appreciate it, since I don’t have to worry about it sliding off or out of place when I’m using it.

Touch scoopMost of the clit vibes I had used before the Touch were bullets. This was the first one I’d ever used that covered the majority of my clit, but still had pinpointed vibrations. I’ve always found putting a plastic vibe directly on top of my clit to be irritating and borderline painful. So I’d always put it to the side of my clit. With the Touch, I’m able to put it to the side, but at the same time cover most of it, and it’s extremely comfortable. The scoop in the tip is the reason for it. Rather me having to find a comfortable position with a bullet, all I have to do it wiggle the Touch in between my labia and I’m ready to go.

The silicone surrounds the whole vibe, except for the dime sized charging port at the base. It’s somewhat squishy, but in no way soft. It has a ton of drag, and picks up lint  like a static-charged balloon. The majority of the silicone is in the pointed end. The silicone is pliable with a small amount of pressure, but it’s still firm in use.

Touch LogoThe strong vibrations of We-Vibe’s design are diminished by the silicone, but I wouldn’t list it as a negative. It’s different. I feel that it takes the slightly buzzy quality of the plastic Salsa out, and leaves just the deep rumble. It took me a second to get used to it. The Salsa is extremely strong, but it does have a buzz to it. I love that about the Salsa, but getting used to, and appreciating, the deep rumble of the Touch took a second.

The Touch has 8 vibration patterns. In order to get to one, you have to cycle through until you get to it. If you want to save your favorite setting when you’re done, hold the button down for 3 seconds. To turn it back on a quick press of the button will turn it back on. If you try and hold the button to start it back up, it won’t turn on. When I was first getting used to the We-Vibe vibes, I kept thinking that they were dead because when I held the button down it wouldn’t start up.

These are the 8 vibration patterns, as seen on We-Vibe’s site.

1  LOW  3000 rpm VIBE

2  MEDIUM  3600 rpm VIBE

3  HIGH  4200 rpm VIBE

4  ULTRA  4800 rpm VIBE

5   TEASE

6   WAVE

7   PULSE

8   CHA CHA

Touch Charging PortThe Touch takes 90 minutes to charge, and has a magnetic charging port. This can be either extremely easy or extremely annoying to use. I personally keep my We-Vibe charger on my nightstand, so I can charge which ever vibe (since it’s compatible with my Salsa too) needs to be charged by just leaning over. I have to make sure the charger has enough slack to stay up on its own, otherwise it’ll keep pulling off of the vibe. You can tell that the vibe is charging by a pin sized light on the charger. It will turn off when Touch is fully charged. The light is annoyingly small. Half of the time I have to search for it to make sure it’s charging. There are two parts to the charger; the charging port and the power cord. You plug the power cord into the charging port and you’re ready to go.

I’ve only really used the Touch on my favorite pattern, Ultra (4th in the cycle) and I get about 50 minutes on one charge (I’m not sure, as I’m not timing my sessions).  It’s annoying when it dies because there is no death rattle, it just stops. No warning and no real decrease in power, just dead.

Touch PackagingThe Touch does come with an over-sized satin-like storage bag for the Touch and charger, but it’s not something I use. I just keep my Touch in a drawer organizer with my other vibes and go-to dildos. The packaging of the Touch, is the same as the packing for the Salsa. My Touch arrived safely, but outside of that, the packaging doesn’t serve a purpose. I hold on to the packaging just in case anything were to happen to the Touch, as We-Vibe has a 0ne year warranty on them.

The Touch packs a thuddy punch that I love, and the shape is EXTREMELY comfortable. Probably the most comfortable vibrator I’ve ever used. It’s comfortable in my hand, comfortable on my clit, the silicone keeps it in place. The vibrations are extremely strong and it holds its charge for a decent amount of time. It is a hassle to clean, since using a wipe is out of the question because of the extreme drag of the silicone. So every time I use it, I have to take it over to the sink. Still, it’s the vibrator I’ve been picking up non-stop for the past month. I’d recommend the Touch to anyone and everyone.

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Thank you We-Vibe for providing this Touch in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sep 162013
 

PotD duke and salve

When Walter from Tantus asked me what I’d like to review, of course I wanted to try Duke in peacock coloring. I tried to play it cool in regards to stalking my mail lady. Listening for the engine of her little Jeep, rather than running to the window every hour. Usually I wait until I get inside the house to open my packages. I couldn’t wait this time, I cracked it open as I walked back to the house. I just had to see what the peacock looked like in person. I have to say I was not disappointed. It’s beautiful. It’s hard to see but there are swirls of color in the toy. It’s an iridescent blue green. Thing is gorgeous. While waiting for the water to boil, I took Duke outside to be photographed. When I was pulling it out of the box, I noticed that Walter had thrown in Shunga Erotic Art Sensations Balm. Who doesn’t love little extras?

Thanks Tantus for sending these to me, in exchange for the fair and honest review, soon to come…

PotD Duke

Sep 132013
 

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I’ve been wanting to try a Divine Interventions toy for months now. When Nigel from Divine Interventions wrote me back I was on the edge of my seat. I told him that I’m not Catholic, but I’ve always had a love for screaming nuns. Nigel invited me to see the entire line at their booth at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco on Sept. 29th, but I won’t be able to make it this year (family reunion down in Santa Barbara). I love that Divine Interventions is located in the Bay Area. Hopefully I’ll be able to see their booth at another event soon. Perhaps Pride ’14?

Sep 122013
 

DownWithTheRedPenWhat would you do in this situation? A reviewer friend of mine wrote a review for a toy that she received vicariously through the creator. When she sent the review to the creator, it was immediately marked with a red pen. Slashes through a paragraph that used simple adjectives like “drag” to describe what the silicone was like in use. She was given instructions to use different wording and how to better explain it, since “drag” is “offensive”. After my friend wrote back stating that she felt like any alterations would make her feel like she wasn’t being honest with her readers, the creator shot back a threat that included the words “LA lawyer”. I looked over the creator’s site, and the product’s site, and there is nothing stating that mentioning or writing anything about the product would result in legal action. The creator/producer of the product did say in an email, prior to the product being shipped to the reviewer, that the creator doesn’t give samples without the power to proofread it before hand. The creator/producer asks that the reviewer remove anything the creator/producer finds unflattering to the product. What I gather from that, is that my friend, the reviewer/blogger, agreed to the proofreading. The creator doesn’t demand for the power to copy-edit the review, instead the creator asks for things noted to be removed.

Now, that aside, here’s where it really gets interesting. The creator also put slashes through the Personal Experience section. In my opinion, this is the most important part of any review. The creator didn’t want any mention of whether or not my friend got off (achieved orgasm). The creator stated that she wanted the product to remain “cute, clean and classy”. Again, I looked at the website for both the creator and product. THERE ARE TITS EVERYWHERE. In the rotating header there are tits. Then why, oh why, would an orgasm (or lack of) with the mention of a clitoris be a “tarnish” to the product or “not classy”?

Threatening a writer or reviewer with legal action after they send you an email with the attached review for you to proofread, is ridiculous. Especially if the writer was wanting to give the product FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE. Telling my friend that any kind of email back would be immediately seen as harassment, is ludicrous. It’s one sided bullying. Granted now that my friend was told that she did need to send it to the creator before hand to be proofread before it going live. In a way I can mildly see how a creator would be upset IF it were a loathsome review, but still that’s no reason to infringe on someone’s Freedom of Speech. Especially since the creator required the power to proofread, not copy-edit.

Now for the fun part. FTC Guidelines. Section 251.1 a) states “Endorsements must reflect the honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experience of the endorser. Furthermore, an endorsement may not convey any express or implied representation that would be deceptive if made directly by the advertiser.1 See that? MUST. In the old 1980 version of the FTC Guidelines, the writer had to put in that “results not typical” (basically “results may vary”). That was done away with in ’09 when there was a 4-0 vote for the change2.

Here’s another one that is right below the last one. Section 251.1 b) “The endorsement message need not be phrased in the exact words of the endorser, unless the advertisement affirmatively so represents. However the endorsement may not be presented out of context or reworded as to distort in any way the endorser’s opinion or experience with the product.3 Um, so what you’re saying is that the creator/advertiser can’t reword what a writer is saying if it conflicts with their experience? Hmmm. Makes you wonder why an advertiser would think they could make notes on someone’s review and then threaten them with legalities. Screw that. They weren’t notes, they were demands.

I looked into some of the laws over in the UK, since the creator is located there, thinking that perhaps that they might be different. I mean, there must be a reason that a creator/producer of an internationally sold product thinks that they can stifle the words of a free-willed, 1st amendment protected, reviewer. There’s not. The ASA’s CAP code clearly states in the rules of Misleading Advertising in section 3.3, “ Marketing communications must not mislead the consumer by omitting material information. They must not mislead by hiding material information or presenting it in an unclear, unintelligible, ambiguous or untimely manner. Material information is information that the consumer needs to make informed decisions in relation to a product. Whether the omission or presentation of material information is likely to mislead the consumer depends on the context, the medium and, if the medium of the marketing communication is constrained by time or space, the measures that the marketer takes to make that information available to the consumer by other means.”4 So why is this creator/producer thinking that they can pick up a red pen? Where in the US’ FTC Guidelines or the UK’s ASA CAP code, does it say, “Advertiser has complete control over endorser’s words and/or opinion on products”? I’m sorry, am I the only one seeing that this is completely insane? Fabricating a lawsuit (yeah, the creator used the word “sue” in the one-sided correspondence), just because the blogger wants to be completely honest?

On top of all of this, the creator stoops to the level of petty insults. Calling my friend’s reviews “boring”, and stating that the creator has “dealt with more famous bloggers than you”. How does one deal with a blogger? Then the creator proceeds to call my friend a “rogue blogger”. A rogue blogger, huh? Is she referring to the fact that bloggers have free-will? Having a brain and a sense of duty in regards to providing honest and thorough work, makes you a rogue blogger? She might as well be throwing a fit, screaming “Anarchy! This person won’t do as I tell them!”. Talk about childish and lacking in all sense of propriety. Then comes the lowest of the low. The creator goes as far as to threaten my friend with slander. If my friend were to publish the review on her blog, the creator threatened to inform the company that shipped the toy to be reviewed (since the review would show on their site and creator’s), and all of the creator’s US and Canada based clients of my friend’s “unprofessionalism”.

It’s one thing that the creator is trying to stifle my friend’s First Amendment rights (good luck with that, by the way), but to immediately threaten a blogger who says no? Talk about making a blogger feel insecure or scared to publish anything honest, or opinionated. An honest opinion and honest experiences, are the things that make a review, a review. Try and stifle that and you don’t have a review, you have an advertisement. If you’re “hiring” someone to write an advertisement, you should promptly lay that out, and discuss what needs to be discussed. If a reviewer is contacting you to review an item, don’t assume you’re going to get glitter and unicorns. You’re going to get the truth. The readers are going to get the truth.

No blogger, writer, or any form of media should ever be censored. Regardless of what you think you are entitled to have written, it is still the work of another person. If that person is in a legally binding contract that states that they are paid to write for you, and if you are not pleased with said work, then you have a gag-order in place. This is not the case here. Here we have an honest blogger, who even writes a positive review about the product, being intimidated by a sex toy creator/producer. It is unacceptable.

The reason we review is to get the truth out there about a product. Our experiences are truths, our opinions are truths, we are sex bloggers and we will not be silenced. Censorship is oppression. We will not be oppressed. You think you can silence one of us? Another will take their place and others will follow suit. We follow the laws that are in place, you do not. If you attack us, we will not back down. This is not a threat but a promise. We accept products in exchange for fair and honest reviews. We will not compromise our integrity to suit your ideal image. Down with the Red Pen.

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For more information on laws pertaining to reviewers/bloggers,
check out Epiphora’s Can online reviewers be sued for defamation?.

  1. Federal Trade Commission Guidelines pdf. See Section 251.1 []
  2. FTC press release 10/05/09 []
  3. See ref:I []
  4. ASA CAP Code Misleading Advertising Rules. See Rule 3.3 []
Sep 092013
 

 

 

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