Sex Toys

Bad Dragon sex toys.

Bad Dragon specializes in fantasy-based sex toys, predominantly on the theme of dragons (check out their site and toys here: link).

While these aren't to most people's tastes, the company has been around for a while so clearly there is a demand for these types of products. Additionally, Bad Dragon isn't the only company out there making unusual sex toys. A quick web search will show that the only limitation is imagination.

Some sample toys from Bad Dragon (and an article below):

THE GRYPHON

Many more, including David the Werewolf, Chance the Stallion, and Razor The Doberman, here.

When I originally posted this back in 2011, I received an email from Varka, the founder, designer and CEO. He sent along a write-up about Bad Dragon from Bizarre Mag. Click on the images to make them large enough to read:

Oh Joy Sex Toy by Erika Moen.

Erika Moen is an artist and educator. She is the authour the comic strip Oh Joy Sex Toy. It started out several years ago as a sex-positive, diversity-friendly sex toy review but has expanded into all aspects of sex and sexuality. There is no topic that she's afraid of addressing. The strips are fun, subversive, educational, and visually appealing. You can read more about her here and here. Check out all her comic strips and reviews here. And a sample of her work:

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New virtual reality sex toy for males.

Passed along by Christine (thanks!).

When I first watched the clip, I couldn't tell if it was intended to be comedy or a legit business idea. Apparently, it's the latter (despite the stoner vibe).

There are now many sex toys on the market for male consumers. They range from very basic masturbation sleeves through to lifelike full-sized dolls. Fleshlights, which are latex masturbation sleeves in hard outer shells, have achieved huge success. This new device, the Ejaculator, uses a similar basic design, but introduces hands-free stimulation and virtual reality visual and auditory experiences.

The device isn't in production yet. The creator and his team have been busy fund-raising. Their Indiegogo campaign has raised nearly $80,000, which greatly exceeds the $48,000 they were aiming to secure. Check it out here: link.

And the promo video:

Samantha, expert: Hitachi Magic Wand.

Repost, as mentioned in class this week.

The Hitachi Magic Wand, which Hitachi rebranded as the Magic Wand Original so as to dissociate the company name from the product, may be the most popular vibrator in history. This, despite it being designed and marketed as a back massager. It was originally popularized as a sex toy by Betty Dodson, the maven of the sex-positive movement, back in the 1960s.

 In this clip, Samantha explains to a massage device store employee the real deal about the Magic Wand. From Sex in the City:

Field trip to Sweet Adult Boutique, October 14th.

Velvet Steele (website) has kindly offered to do a free educational session on sex toys at Sweet Adult Boutique, where she works. She loves sharing her expertise.

We're confirmed for this Wednesday, October 14th, 7:30 meeting time. This event is open to current students, past students, and anybody who you might want to bring along (friends, family, etc.).

Address: 1402 W Broadway, Vancouver.

NOTE: This is not a UBC event!

Japanese sex dolls.

From SoBadSoGood:

Japanese Sex Dolls Are Now Being Mistaken For Real Women

We're not entirely sure if this is good or bad news to be honest. Japanese manufacturer of 'Dutch Wives' (which is the term the Japanese use for 'sex doll') Orient Industry, says that business is booming.

That increase can be attributed to two things, firstly they're able to customise every aspect of the doll to suit their customers needs and secondly, because the dolls themselves are now so realistic, its easy to mistake them for genuine women.

"The two areas we identified as really needing improvement were the skin and the eyes. We feel we have finally got something that is arguably not distinguishable from the real thing."

Apparently, their skin feels soft and authentic as its made using a combination of flexible silicon, rather than the hard brittle rubber of former models.

Today, they even have fully movable joints, so you can contort and position your rubber girlfriend in all manner of positions and poses.

But just how much are people prepared to pay? Upwards of $1,000 and that's the starting price for some of the most basic model but they can go as high as $10K depending on the level of 'customisation'.

All of which is slightly more expensive than a dinner date with a REAL girl.

See the rest of the photos here.

Play Doh's Christmas surprise.

From Global News (and pretty much everywhere else):

Hasbro plans to replace penis-shaped Play-Doh tool By Michelle R. Smith
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was an embarrassing Christmas for Nivea Cabrera after she was accused by her fiance’s mother of letting her 5-year-old granddaughter play with a sex toy. A mortified Carbrera asked the child where she got the penis-shaped plastic cylinder.
“It’s from my Play-Doh,” the girl replied.
Hasbro, the Pawtucket-based toy company, is now doing damage control over the extruder tool in its Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy. The two-piece syringe-like tool, which includes a tube with corkscrew-type ridges around the outside and a dome-shaped top with a hole at the tip, can be used to squeeze Play-Doh to look like decorative cake frosting.
Complaints have been surfacing since at least November, when Tulsa, Oklahoma, TV station KTUL showed the tool to parents and asked them what they thought. The station blurred the image of the tool during the piece, saying it was due to parents’ reactions. One woman told the station it was “a pretty phallic cake-decorating piece.”
After Christmas, comments started pouring in to Play-Doh’s Facebook page, including from Cabrera, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She said Hasbro called her after she posted a photo of the tool and asked about the shape on Christmas Day. She said the company offered to send her a replacement tool in a different shape, which she has not received.
Erin Rivers, a mother of two from Melbourne, Florida, thought it was hilarious when she helped her 6-year-old daughter open the box.
“I pulled out this extruder tool, and I just started cracking up at it, I couldn’t help it. Then I immediately put the Play-Doh in it and took a picture of,” she said.
Then, she posted it on Facebook.
“My friends have just as dirty minds as I do,” she said. “It was hysterical to me. And then I gave it my daughter to play with.”
She said her daughter and 4-year-old son don’t notice anything strange about the toy.
Hasbro Inc. has received thousands of comments on the Play-Doh Facebook page pointing out the obvious.
“We are in the process of updating all future Play-Doh products with a different tool,” it said in a statement posted on the page Tuesday.
It also offered to replace the tool for anyone who has complaints.
Rivers, who works in a pediatric dental office, says she’s not upset at all. But she is flabbergasted that the toy slipped past so many layers of people at Hasbro.
“They have to have someone who creates it, someone who makes the plastic mould, someone who plays with it,” she said. “I can’t imagine that as many people that probably saw the toy, not one person said, ‘Does anyone else think this looks like a penis?”‘

Christmas tree or sex toy?

From NewNowNext:

Parisians Mistake Inflatable Christmas Tree For 80-Foot Sex Toy

Tis the season to be cheeky: It’s only October, but artist Paul McCarthy has already gifted Paris with an 80-foot Christmas tree, erected in the venerable Place Vendome. But the sculpture, simply named “Tree,” has sparked outrage in the City treeof Lights because passersby are mistaking it for a giant green sex toy.

McCarthy is known for provocative sculptures, like a giant inflatable pile of poop in Hong Kong, Santa Claus holding a phallic tree in Rotterdam and two animatronic George W. Bushes having sex with pigs in London. So we can call this a tree, but no one’s fooled.

Least of all the anti-gay group French Spring, which protested France’s marriage equality law. The group tweeted their disapproval on Wednesday, writing “A sex toy giant 24m high will Be installed at Place Vendome. Taxpayers , this is where your your tax dollars are going!”

The group also says the work “disfigured” the Place Vendome and has “humiliated” Paris.

In all fairness, if Paris was worried about being humiliated by a giant phallic structure, it would’ve thrown a modesty sheet over the Eiffel Tower 125 years ago.

See more photos here.

Design and print your own dildo.

From Jezebel:

The Future is Now: You Can Design and 3D Print Your Very Own Dildo By Isha Aran

It has become very clear over the course of history that the dildo is truly pinnacle of technological determinism as we know it. YAASSS GAGA.

A brilliant programmer Ikaros Kappler has built www.dildo-generator.com, a website that allows users to design their own sex toy(s). Sure, 3D printed sex toys are nothing new, but this is pretty damn user friendly. You can toggle with the width and length, as well as the bézier curves, angle, how it bends and you can choose from a handful of different colors. Why, you can even upload your own background! (Though I'm not certain how exactly how that translates when the dildo itself when it's printed out.)

You can either 3D print that shit out yourself—the program will provide an estimated weight in silicone—or if you don't have access to a printer, Kappas suggests enlisting the help of some tiny Hackerspaces in Berlin that have printers to order a mold and/or silicon models. Or perhaps you can take it to yourlocal 3D printer if you're not, you know, in Germany.

As far as design options go, it's pretty simple and straightforward. And really really fun. I definitely got lost in there for a while (at least an hour), trying to make a design that at least vaguely resembled a dolphin—utter fail. So seriously, have a blast.

Victoria, BC really likes sex toys.

From Vice:

Why do the residents of Victoria, B.C. buy more sex toys than any other place in Canada? By Sarah Berman

Let me just get out in front of this and say it: I don’t think Victorians are dramatically kinkier than the rest of us.

Not any more, anyway. When I first read that Victoria, BC had been ranked the highest per-capita consumer of sex toys, I assumed the islanders were in on some sex secret the rest of Canada had yet to discover. Balloons, maybe? Showerhead orgies on acid? I really wasn’t sure.

After hanging around a couple sex shops and chatting with a few industry wonks, though, I’ve come to understand Victoria’s higher-than-average dildo acquisition is a product of demographics and maybe weather. As one of the most elderly cities in the country—like, 113th birthday party elderly—there are naturally some folks seeking to rectify (ha) legit plumbing issues. At one sex shop I visited, couples as old as 96 and 98 have dropped in searching of means to keep their tickle trunks twiddled.

But when I tell another sex shop owner the good news, Christine Page is genuinely surprised. She says in-person sex shops have taken a hit—a few in Victoria have closed recently—which is why she’s diversifying into Eyes Wide Shut masks and rave gear. This trend is a shame, Page said, because knockoff Fleshlights are too rampant online—which are totally not worth it, apparently. (I felt this was a PSA worth sharing. You’re welcome.)

Women also outnumber men in Victoria, making vibrating anythings an alternative—if not a necessity—for boring heteros. Yes, I hate myself for even writing that—but this fact and framing was repeatedly pointed out to me, often accompanied by hyperbolic stats like “there’s three women for every man in Victoria.”

“I have heard over the years so many complaints from women age 19 to 70,” said Page, “no single men in Victoria.” I looked at 2011 census data, and it’s more like five women to every four men. There are 22 percent more unattached women than men, a surplus of 14,000-ish single ladies. This phenomenon has a disappointing Urban Dictionary entry: Chicktoria.

The constant, unrelenting February rain also keeps the toy business chugging/pumping/whatever semi-gross metaphor you prefer: “Our high spot for selling toy stuff is the winter compared to summer,” Page said. “In the summer people are out hiking and doing stuff, but this time of year it’s quite rainy and gloomy, the weather.” A Netflix account can only get you so far on days when it’s too miserable outside to leave the house. Victorians make sure to stock up for the season.

Read the rest here.

Fleshlight options.

Fleshlights are the most popular male masturbation devices on the market. There are many Fleshlight sets based on an adult movie stars. But, there are also different themed toys, not all human. And some of the toys they make are for women. The Fleshlight homepage is here (NSFW!): link.

Here are some of the samples from their Freak lineup:

Industrial design meets slick engineering in new generation of sex toys.

As sex toys have become less taboo and much more popular, the market has expanded at an extraordinary rate. It's now a huge industry, worth upwards of $20 billion in annual sales. Many new designers and engineers, with very legit credentials, have entered the industry, leading to a surge in impressive new devices. The following are a few examples.  

Bedroom Kandi, a collaboration between OhMiBod and Kandi Burruss. Bedroom Kandi cleaned up at last year's Adult Novelty Expo, winning the Best Overall Sex Toy Line.

The Duet by CraveFrom Gizmodo:

This is Crave's Duet, a dual-headed vibrator that charges via USB and can store up to 16GB of digital stuff. Half of it is the rechargeable battery with the Flash memory—convenient to store all your porn—and the other half is the dual-headed vibe.

Crave also makes stealthy flash vibes that look like mascara tubes:

Intensity by Jopen. This device stimulates and exercises - it's intended to provide pleasure while also strengthening the PC muscles.

The Blade by Fleshlight (link NSFW). This is the latest iteration of the Fleshlight, the most popular male masturbatory toy. What makes it different than previous generations of Fleshlights is that it can be squeezed, adding increased pressure. The inner texture was also enhanced.

Vibrator races.

Passed along my Laura (thanks!): From Jezebel:

Vibrator Races in Vegas Prove That People in Vegas Are Bored

There’s a new racket in Vegas, the city where there just aren’t enough bad decision to be made. Sex toy races, whereby four battery-powered dildos crawl across a tabletop at a speed so slow that participants can feel themselves traveling backwards in time to the moment they decided they’d have a lark and put money down on the vibrator race, are becoming popular, or at least popular enough that we have documented evidence of their existence.

The game, created by Fun Factory, can be “played” by up to eight giggling people who have the prudish stamina to be excited by sex toys moving under their own power like giant, mechanized slugs at a 1.5 mph clip. However, in the storied tradition of phallic races, the Milwaukee Brewers Sausage Races remain unchallenged.


New app: Fundawear.

From iClarified:

Durex Unveils iPhone Controlled Vibrating Underwear

Durex has just unveiled his and hers iPhone controlled vibrating underwear dubbed Fundawear. The garments are currently being trialed in the company's Durexperiment lab.

Fundawear features a unique real-time server that communicates between both touchscreen devices and garments. The app, touch actuator technology and server were all designed to replicate the nuances of touch.

Fundawear is an innovation from Durex that allows touch to be transferred over the internet. So for the first time you can tease, tickle & tantalise even when you're apart.

Comfort, sexiness and flexibility were key challenges in designing Fundawear. Each garment houses sophisticated touch technology in a first for wearable electronics.

Take a look at a few introductory videos below.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J3tPZb6i7q8

It looks a little hokey, but it's great marketing campaign nonetheless.

Bidding for sex doll's virginity passes $100,000.

From the Huffington Post:

Brazilian Sex Doll's Virginity: Bids For Valentina's Flower Surpass $105,000.

Would you spend more than $100,000 on a one night stand? Did we mention it's with a sex doll?

Well, apparently there are quite a few people in the world who would.

Sexônico, an online sex shop, has started a bidding war for the virginity of Valentina, Brazil's first life-like sex doll. So far, the bids for the faux lady's flower have surpassed $105,000.

According to a Huffington Post translation of the website, whoever places the highest bid before March 31 -- when the auction ends -- will win the full romantic package, which includes:

  • A night in the presidential suite of Motel Swing [a pay-by-the-hour motel] in the city of São Paulo
  • A special candlelit dinner with French champagne
  • An aromatic bath with rose petals
  • Roundtrip flights (if you don't live in Sao Paulo)
  • Special lingerie (this is for her!)
  • A digital camera so you can film and after show it to your friends

As Gawker notes, Sexônico posted the offering ahead of the first international convention of inflatable dolls, a four-day expo which began Wednesday in Brazil. Valentina will be unveiled in real life -- so to speak -- for the first time at the event.

Unlike other sex dolls, Brazil's first "real doll" features skin that's similar in texture to human skin.

"She has green eyes, fleshy lips, full breasts and a body that inspires envy in all women," Sexônico describes on its website.

While the current price of Valentina's virginity is nowhere near the $780,000 Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian woman, won for her v-card, with a$5,000 starting bid, the auction has certainly taken off. Bidders can make their offers online, but they must use their real names so they'll be obligated to pay.

View the NSFW photos of Valentina on Sexônico's website.

Dildo Maker by Francesco Morackini.

Francesco Morackini is an industrial designer. Among his many projects is the Dildo Maker. It works much like an old-school pencil sharpener. An object that can be carved is inserted into the device. You then crank the arm shaving the object's tip until it comes out looking like a phallus.

From his website:

Invented in 1933 by the famous french designer Raymond Loewy, this pencil sharpner became an icon of the stream line mouvement. Loewy was one of the first designer to introduce sensual lines in everyday products. From a world of craftmanship and functionality we entered in a world of desire and seduction.

In this new era designers were assign a new mission. A good product is not only an object build with quality, an efficient product, a product with a good price or nor even beautiful looking . A good product has to create emotions. Marketing, advertising ...and the design itself has to communicate emotions to the customers in order to buy this product and bring him the best user experience.

In 2013 Francesco Morackini introduces the Dildomaker, from the “tools” serie. Playing around with the cliche: “Sex sales” The Dildomaker’s purpose is to provide the users what they really want: “Pleasure” and moreover “sexual pleasure”. The Dildomaker is just a tool which doesn’t give pleasure directely. The distance created here on purpose, tries to raise questions on our relationship between us and manufactured products.

See the rest his work here.