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Crowd-funding for sex toys never ceases to amaze me. The Revel Body is one such item, but unlike a few other sex toys, at least the Revel Body is being made with very different technology. And for those with finicky clits which demand specific types of powerful vibrations–those who are disappointed with nearly every Lelo vibrator, or most other luxury vibrators–our hopes go up when we hear about something new. How is it new, exactly? Well, I’m not really sure beyond knowing that it involves “sonic” vibrations and magnets1. I’m a geek, sure, but lately I don’t want to put this much effort into knowing how my vibrator works. I just want one that works. If you want to know more, you’ll browse their site. I’m not here to tell you HOW it works, just how it worked for ME. If I were to explain every aspect of this thing2, we’d be here all damn day3. You can look at photos and read the “about” info on their site. For a little more, I did a mini video review, too, viewable on the separate review about the extra accessories for the Revel Body.
I think it’s safe to say that I tried harder with this vibrator than any other vibrator in the past. I’m usually pretty decisive pretty fast; even when the vibrator is “meh” and only sort of gets me off. But the Revel Body thoroughly confused me because so many things about it tricked my logical brain into thinking that it should work for me. There was no way it wouldn’t. Many of you know the vibration intensity test tricks – hollow of your cheek, or tip of your nose. Even on my fingertip, certain modes of the Revel Body combined with certain tips seemed more powerful than my much-loved forever-compared We-Vibe Tango. Yet….my clitoris staunchly disagreed.
The Revel Body’s design history feels promising. They truly have worked hard, and aimed to make a revolutionary sex toy, of that much I am certain. And I’ve heard from some women that they love it, it’s amazing, etc. However, I’ve heard from just as many that it was a complete failure for them. This is, however, the case with ALL sex toys. So I kept an open mind, and that’s why I tried so hard to love it. But the basic design of it just is 100% incompatible with my body/vulva type. When I added on the accessory tips, I saw some improvement but ultimately it wasn’t enough for me. This vibrator is absolutely going to work best for women with exposed/”outtie” clits. Women like me will have issues. Women who need/like some rubbing and pressure in addition to their vibrations will not have any luck with the Revel Body, as applying pressure works against the piston motion and applying pressure to the side of certain tips will cause the vibrations to halt completely. This is not easy to achieve with just the original, flat, included tip but it can be an issue if you purchase some of those accessory tips.
Despite seeing all of the information online, I was still a bit baffled on how the Revel Body actually works – not how the sonic works, but “which part do I apply to my clit? That’s it? That little pink dot??”. In my other review which focuses on the accessory tips and all that you can purchase separately, I have a short video which will give you a better idea of How Things Work if you’re interested.
From what I understand, they chose to use magnets to ensure that the Revel Body has only one moving part, thus apparently giving it a longer life than traditional vibrators. If you don’t get any of the accessory tips, it’s less of a big deal, but if you do you’ll have to store them in their own boxes. They shouldn’t touch – the magnetic pull is strong and they’ll cling to each other, making it a bit difficult to pry apart. You’ll want to keep the Revel Body and its tips away from all electronics (as warned by the manufacturer), body piercings and pacemakers. This is a little worrisome for me. Due to the way the vibe works, and the piston core, you could get a pubic hair or three yanked out if everything lines up improperly. They also caution not to use on loose skin…..so would women with long inner labia have cause for concern?? The warnings listed on the site are a bit intimidating4 but the warnings as listed in the manual are downright frightening. I get that they need to list these things for legal reasons, but still. Again, “travel friendly” is a term thrown about. I disagree. There is also a separate, specific case (for $30) that includes a “baseless” charger which goes back to being like a finicky fob. I’d feel better if this travel case had a magnetic shield in it that would protect the vibrator and the accessory tips from ruining any electronics they might come near. Sadly, the travel case is yet again an additional cost and is not included.
Another aspect of this vibe that alienates certain users is the changing of the tip. Even if you have only the one tip, you’ll want to remove it for better cleaning, or to try some lube on the piston to make it more quiet in use. To remove the tip, you have to push through the orb using your finger from the back end to push the piston/tip out. It requires some effort, and it’s not for those who have manicured, long fingernails. I broke a nail, and mine are short and stubby.
This chart and the one to the left baffles me, and so does the settings. There’s a high and low overall power setting. Then there are 10 different levels of sonic whatever. Oddly, “low” is not what you’d expect. It’s not the most powerful, but it moves the piston the most. Levels 3 and 4 deliver the most intense sensations, whilst 9 and 10 are vibrating at such high speeds that you can barely feel anything at all. I tried out all of the tips (a separate post), and none made levels 6-10 do anything for me. I am told though, by the company, that they plan to introduce more tips in the near future – tips that are much softer and will resonate with the upper levels in a much better way. The included tip is a flat, hard disc coated with silky soft silicone (they all are). That chart at first had me sold, but in use there is hardly any different detectible between the high/low “overall” (not high vs low in the 10 settings). Combining 5 different tips with 20 different possible settings would surely seem like I could find something that would work and justify the cost, but I couldn’t. Perhaps that’s why I became so damn frustrated with this thing – I became an unsatisfied version of Goldilocks. It’s super hard to describe what it feels like in use. A few of the levels, the mid-range, feel more like a traditional vibrator. The upper range, 8-10, is very “buzzy”, high-pitched, etc. It’s barely enough to feel, especially that “highest” setting. On the lowest setting, there’s a lot of piston movement without a lot of power. Levels 3 and 4 deliver the most oomph, but it’s so finicky that I couldn’t orgasm. I don’t have a bathtub, but I have a feeling that this is the vibrator to try if you like masturbation in the tub. I think that on certain levels, combining it with underwater effects would result in something that feels more interesting. This would best be achieved though by using one of the accessory tips.
They say that it is extraordinarily quiet. The upper levels are, but the levels in which the piston moves away from the orb the most can get pretty noisy. You’re supposed to be able to make it silent by applying lube to the piston, but this only worked for a minute for me. The company claims that it has 50% more power than any other “battery powered” vibrator. What type of battery? Do they mean disposable? Obviously not, since they used mostly rechargeable models in their comparisons. If there is more power to the Revel Body Sonic Vibrator than the We-Vibe Tango, then something is getting lost in translation because I simply, absolutely, cannot orgasm from this vibrator. I just can’t.
Revel is still working out the kinks. I had to send mine back, which is surprising at this stage, because the charging was a bit wonky. Like many other higher end, waterproof vibrators, the Revel Body charges magnetically on a cradle. I hate this stuff. It’s slightly less finicky than those with a “fob” but it’s finicky nonetheless. The company is, though, very good with ensuring that your unit is working as it should. If you do have one and you’re having any weird issues at all, contact them. I still am having issues with the charging aspect, though, despite a new unit – sometimes it takes a dozen tries to get the magnetic connection just right so that it charges5. Another complaint about the charging unit – the cord is very short. You’ll have to find a sturdy, flat surface close to an outlet. Not an easy feat, for some.
For a vibrator that will seemingly only work for a small margin of people, I’m hard-pressed to recommend it. The price is high6 and includes only a basic tip for $180 at SheVibe.com. This is a deterrent to most. If you could buy all of the accessory tips currently available for one low price, instead of $80 extra for them all7, I might be slightly more inclined to gamble with a recommendation. If the $180 price tag included the travel case and both charging options, and if the travel case shielded the magnets from each other and anything outside the case, the $180 might feel more worth it.
Thanks to the lovely Shevibe.com for hooking me up to try this out!
- They say that it is “sonic”. That is isn’t just plain ole vibrations. There are magnets involved. They give graphic charts that make you think that yes, indeed, it will be far more powerful than what we’re used to. The videos are intriguing. But of course, all of that is moot unless it actually delivers on the promises made. Revel has made a lot of comparisons of the RB to other vibes. For example, in this video. Yet….they managed to pick what I consider to be some of the most surface-buzzy/mediocre vibes on the market. Talk about stalking the deck in their favor. And for one of the examples, the Lelo Lyla 2…..they put the REMOTE in the water. Not the vibe. ↩
- Like the packaging ↩
- Already half the day. Sorry folks. I tried like hell to cut this down ↩
- and to me, don’t add up to being “travel friendly” ↩
- In my -literally 9- attempts at making a short video review, in all but the last attempt I would try to show the unit being charged properly. Every time, it had performance anxiety. I was starting to wonder if I had a bad wall socket, but I did not. It’s just that finicky, and I’m surprised that for all the work that has gone into making this vibrator, they couldn’t come up with a better charging system ↩
- For very valid reasons, I know; they use top notch materials, great packaging and ground-breaking vibrator technology ↩
- They’re currently priced at $20 each which wouldn’t be bad, but how are you to know which tip will be the magic tip for you? ↩
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I was lucky enough to be able to try the entire kit from Revel Body, thanks to the glorious Shevibe.com. Since the four extra tips, and travel case, are sold separately I wanted to talk about them separately.
Accessory Tips “Sold Separately”
Nico is a nipple-shaped tip that I thought would work best for me, but still didn’t – it’s a little too pinpoint and didn’t transmit as much oomph as I needed. I thought that the decreased surface area would mean that the vibrations would concentrate more, but this somehow didn’t happen. The Nico and original tips almost feel like they have the same level of intensity, just the Nico is more pinpoint with the stimulation. The fact that it sticks out a little might make it more user-friendly for some – for others who are inclined to apply pressure and movement, this isn’t the tip for you. It’s very sensitive to being “knocked off balance” so to speak, and the vibrations will stop easily if any pressure is applied to the side of the tip. The design flaw is baffling to me, but I think it’s the nub of pliable silicone on top of the solid core that dampens the vibrations down to compensate wrongly for the concentrated tip.
Fawn is the dreaded “bristle”1, which I think should never be mixed with a vibrator, as it’s either a tickle or a painful itch, but Fawn managed to transmit the most intensity on levels 3 & 4. Unfortunately, it was the wrong sort of intensity. It was too much. Lower/higher levels of vibrations with it were too little intensity for me. The bristles (I don’t know what else to call them, but I know bristles just sounds harsh), despite being a pliable, soft silicone, don’t translate to a softer feel in use. That’s why it delivers the most intensity. I would say that it feels 2 times more intense than the included tip – it should, since you’re feeling 26 tiny little heads needling you. It’s very ouchy on levels 2, 3 and 4. Level 1 is somewhat intense and thuddy; this tip transmits the most sensation on level 10 when compared to all the other tips, but it still isn’t much to write home about.
The Ever tip is like a shallow, inverted Devo hat, and just awful with my buried clit and fat labia. I don’t quite understand the design. It is softer tip, though, than Nico but not really enough to matter since you’ll never be applying enough pressure in use to appreciate it. In fact, on the lower end of the scale, the more pulsating levels, Ever doesn’t feel soft at all. It feels more intense than the included tip. The concave design might be designed to gently surround a clitoris, but it’s too shallow to really achieve that for me. The ridges are confusing to me, because usually ridges on a sex toy are provided for extra stimulation during rubbing/movement. You can’t do that with the Revel Body so……moot point.
Cona is frightening to someone with a buried/innie clit. If you have the patience to be super-exact with your vibe placement, and the ability to hold it suspended in the exact same position all during masturbation, then Cona might work for you. Well actually, that statement technically applies to a lesser degree for the Revel Body on the whole, but Cona needs you to be more exact. And the silicone is pliable, but just not quite soft enough to work out for surrounding the clit and burying in flesh. Since the silicone needs to be firm enough to stand up, so to speak, the soft and squish that it does have is lost when considering how the piston moves and such. It feels like a cop-out, like I’m trying to spin gold out of straw by using the “great for nipples” line, but it seems that this tip would work better for nipples than clits.
The gray material reminds me of school backpack material. Textured, thick, a bit shiny. There is a layer of padding, too, and I think that the case is probably water-resistant. I’m not exactly sure why….in case you need to pack it away while it’s still damp from cleaning, I guess? That would explain the air vent thing on the bottom of the case. The inside is hot pink. If you’re not a fan of pink….well…..you’re shit out of luck with the entire Revel Body line, I guess. The drawstring pouch is actually built in to the top portion of the case and is meant to hold the travel charger cord and plug.
The case would make a lot more sense to me if it contained a magnetic barrier of some sort. Jewelry did still want to cling to the case if I added in an extra accessory tip, but only with that added tip. Still, though, with all of their warnings about not having the Revel Body near anything electronic, a safety lining would have made me feel a lot better.
Since you already have the base unit, and it comes with the same USB wall charger bit, I’m not sure why they include an extra one. The cord is really nice, an industry first – covered in fabric, which really increases the durability of it. Unfortunately, all the problems I had getting the unit to make contact consistently and properly on the large base charging unit are worse with just the little fob. Even when holding the orb, I have to try a few times before the lights blink. And then if I set it down, it get easily gets knocked off course by just a hair, just enough to cut the charging connection.
I remember that one thing that drew me to wanting to review something from the Vida line from Topco was the included packaging2 – the roll pouch and the zippered case. Until I got it in my hands and saw the Topco shitty quality screaming through every aspect of it. Many aspects of the Revel Body Travel Case are well done – the lining is nice, there is padding, the drawstring pouch portion is nice. The zipper is a bit on the thick and clunky side, but not as bad as the zipper on the case of the Vida Lussaria. My main issue with the quality of the construction of this case is at the bottom. See how it looks uneven? It doesn’t want to sit upright when the vibrator is in it. It’s crushed down on one side. I thought at first it was just from being packed in a box, but it hasn’t worked itself out, it was poorly constructed. This could just be my case, and very well may not happen for you. It doesn’t truly affect the purpose, just how it stands on its own.
Some aspects of these accessories (and the RB itself) leant better to video than just photos and words, so if you’re curious still, check it out:
Currently, the tips retail for $19.99 each on Shevibe. I’m told that the travel case will be for sale very shortly!
Once again, thanks to Shevibe and Revel Body for providing me with all of this review for you all!
- Although it is a very soft bristle, made of nothing but little soft tentacles of silicone, it still turns evil under extreme vibration ↩
- and the fact that, at first, I didn’t know that the Vida line was, in fact, a veiled Topco creation line to appear like it was a luxury sex toy brand, but in wolf’s clothing ↩
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Even if I had been around enough the latter half of this year to know that this list was being curated, I still wouldn’t have “participated” in asking people to nominate me. I don’t like doing it, I’m the sort of person who doesn’t like spotlights. I detest asking for anything (oftentimes to my downfall). And also I feel that if I don’t ask, I won’t get let down in life. I suppose that attitude carries over to this stuff, too. I never win popularity contests, because despite the fact that I bend over backwards for those I like and care about, I have a curmudgeonly (I say realistic) outlook to life in general. I also have Bitchy Resting Face. Point is, I’m hard to like. I get that. I’m not really okay with it, but….I suppose it’s a litmus test. The ones that stick around me despite the fact that I’m not always an upbeat, bubbly girl, shine that much brighter in my eyes.
So when I was told I was #2 on this list, I was shocked. I was shocked that I was even nominated, especially since I’ve not been around much since July. But when someone then pointed me to the person who (most loudly) nominated me, I became all teary. Jack is reader of mine for ages and picks my brain at least once a month. So Jack, I said it privately but I had to say it here, too: Thank you. I don’t do those things for points and recognition but it’s nice when it happens. It’s nice not to be forgotten, and it’s lovely to be recognized for all these things by someone:
I also have to agree with him on his other noms, especially Kara Sutra. That woman works 10 times harder than half the bloggers I know; have you seen all her videos?!? She’s been blogging for ages and has done way more to educate the public than I. She should have been #2 instead of me, but I don’t make the lists ;) I can’t imagine ranking people I know personally, so I’m glad it was done by a “third party” like site.
There were a few other peeps who nominated me; I didn’t read most of the comments. If you did nominate me thank for you not forgetting about me. My ghostly form isn’t wholly transparent just yet, haha. But anyways, here’s the list. Since this is the last time I’ll likely ever be on such a list, I want to share the links for everyone else to enjoy. Give them all a visit, k?
1. Heyepiphora.com (@Epiphora)
This sex toy reviewer has a mind-blowing sex toy collection, a “very discerning vagina” and an aversion to all things pink. She’s also got the words to keep you on her site for days.
2. Dangerouslilly.com (@Dangerouslilly)
This sharp-tongued sex geek and sex toy reviewer won our hearts with her big mouth – and crusade against crappy, unsafe sex toy materials.
3. Mollysdailykiss.com (@Mollysdailykiss)
Molly’s eclectic mix of erotic photography, body pride and erotic revelation is as unique as it is refreshing. She’s also a speaker, a submissive and the creator of Sinful Sunday.
4. Redheadbedhead.com (@Bedheadtweeting)
This redhead writer and sex educator has a mane that’s as fierce as her writing and a growing list of superhero sex-positive sex shops across the country. What’s not to love?
5. SmutForSmarties.com (@LadyCheeky)
On Smut for Smarties, Lady Cheeky does sex positive, body positive and feminist just right with a mix of interviews, reviews and thoughtful editorial.
6. Sunnymegatron.com (@SunnyMegatron)
This blogger’s a world-class sex educator, super-honest sex blogger and a superhero to sex positive people everywhere.
7. Kinkandpoly.com (@piecesofjade)
Formerly Pieces of Jade, this site bills itself as kinky, poly, lusty and wordy. It’s also hot and lovely to read. Check out Kink of the Week!
8. Queeriebradshaw.com (@QueerieBradshaw)
Author Lauren Marie Fleming’s site features personal stories about sex, sexuality, gender and gender identity – sensitive, funny, smart … exquisite!
9. Agoodwomansdirtymind.com (@GoodDirtyWoman)
Real sex for real people by a woman “who could be any woman,” this site is mysterious, erotic and oh-so-sexy.
10. Karasutrareviews.com (@Kara_Sutra)
Kara Sutra is a sex toy reviewer and supporter of sex bloggers. She’s also been spreading the sex-positive word via video in her Sex Ed 102 video series (everything you should have learned but didn’t!).
11. Carasutra.co.uk (@TheCaraSutra)
12. PeggingParadise.com (@Ruby_Ryder)
13. Perverticallyvirtuous.com (@VirtuousPervert)
14. Sex-in-words.blogspot.ca (@SexInWords)
15. LoraxofSex.com (@LoraxOfSex)
16. Ohjoysextoy.com (@ErikaMoen)
17. Walkerthornton.com (@WalkerThornton)
18. Ashleymanta.com (@ashleymanta)
19. Thestdproject.com (@TheSTDProject)
20. CharlieGlickman.com (@charlieglickman)
21. Inbedwithmarriedwomen.com (@Jill_Hamilton)
22. Themamasutra.net (@TheMamaSutra)
23. Tinynibbles.com (@violetblue)
24. Sex-ational.com (@sex_ational)
25. Thebeautifulkind.com (@TBK365)
26. Sexed102.com (@Kara_Sutra)
27. Offgothepanties.com (@offgothepanties)
28. Charlienox.com (@CharlieNox)
29. Tobeaslut.com (@tobeaslut)
30. Mydissolutelife.com (@nlikes)
31. Geekynymph.com (@GeekyNymph)
32. Vaginaantics.com (@Heather_Cole1) and (@Nikki_Blue1)
33. Fuckblogging.com (@fuckblogging)
34. Girlyjuice.net (@Girly_Juice)
35. Dumbdomme.com (@DumbDomme)
36. Domme-chronicles.com (@Ferns__)
37. Curvaceousdee.com (@CurvaceousDee)
38. Thesindoll.com (@TheSinDoll)
39. Grittywoman.co.uk (@GrittyWoman)
40. Masculinesubmission.wordpress.com (@TomioBlack)
41. Propertyofpotter.com (@pottersproperty)
42. Mrwillshouseofthrills.com (@MrWills_HoT)
43. Rebelsnotes.com (@RebelsNotes)
44. Theprattlingsofseverin.wordpress.com (@SaintSeverin)
45. Silverdropstoybox.com (@silverdropUK)
46. Betterthanieverexpected.blogspot.ca (@JoanPrice)
47. Puckerup.com (@TristanTaormino)
48. Kinketc.com (@LoriandHubby)
49. Alyssaroyse.com (@alyssaroyse)
50. Clitical.com (@CliticalJenne)
51. Wholesexlife.com (@WholeSexLife)
52. Learn.condomdepot.com (@condomdepot)
53. Toptobottomnyc.com (@Top2Bottom)
54. Ruffledsheets.com (@ruffledsheets)
55. Lifeontheswingset.com (@swingsetlife)
56. Thedirtynormal.com (@enagoski)\
57. Girlonthenet.com (@girlonthenet)
58. Sexylittleideas.com (@joejohnstun)
59. Blog.grandopening.com (@KimAirs)
60. Naughty-corner.com (@Josephine_KK)
61. Nakedallthetime.com (@nakedjill)
62. Thoughtsofagrowingsub.com (@subreiskyem)
63. Eroticwriter.wordpress.com (@_Monocle_) and (@Ximena_Writes_)
64. Beanfiddler.com (@beanfiddlers)
65. Symonekittynelson.com (@TheSymoneShow)
66. Mysexprofessor.com (@mysexprofessor)
67. Filledandfooled.wordpress.com (@CurvyMilfy)
68. Mollena.com (@Mollena)
69. Lehmiller.com (@JustinLehmiller)
70. Blog.catherinecoaches.com (@Catcoaches)
71. Beingblacksilk.com (@BeingBlacksilk)
72. Suggestivetongue.com (@Suggestive)
73. Aslutsmemoir.com (@iSlut_)
74. Adissolutelifemeans.com (@adissolutelife)
75. Wqebelle.blogspot.ca (@wqbelle)
76. Sextoysofa.co.uk (@SexToySofa)
77. Naughtyreenie.com (@NaughtyReenie)
78. Beckandherkinks.com (@beck42069)
79. Sexgeek.wordpress.com (@sexgeekAZ)
80. Sexualitysanctuary.com (@sangsaraB)
81. Houseofhellkat.com (@Hellkat83)
82. Kinky-world.net (@mistress_kay)
83. Slutist.com (@slutist)
84. Emandlo.com (@emandlo)
85. Darkside-journey.blogspot.ca (@padmeamidala)
86. Jolynnraymond.com (@JolynnRaymond)
87. Lifeofalovergirl.wordpress.com (@lovergirlslife)
88. Hesnaked.com (@Hesnaked)
89. Nymphetaminekiss.com (@NymphetamineKis)
91. Sexandthestate.com (@CathyReisenwitz)
92. Creativenoodling.wordpress.com (@CreativeNoodlin)
93. Metanotherfrog.com (@metanotherfrog)
94. Bedroombondage.co.za/blog/ (@bedroombondage)
95. Midnightboudoir.org (@MidnightBlondi)
97. Malflic.com (@MalflicMagazine)
98. Barenakedlady.wordpress.com (@JillyBoyd)
100. Amyjogoddard.com (@amyjogoddard)
Many would probably laugh at the concept, and I do laugh at the thought of donning the Heeldo to be used on someone else (gives new meaning to the eloquent term “cunt-punt”), but for masturbation it could be really great for some people.
I, as you know, have troubles with thrusting a straight dildo. But I do so love my Tantus dildos and while their bases usually do a decent job of acting like a suction cup, I don’t have any surfaces in my house that are suction-cup friendly. So I thought that the Heeldo would be my ticket to improved self-fucking.
Sadly, it was not meant to be for me. You really just cannot have bad knees in order to use this for very long (or for some, at all). You cannot have flexibility issues. And you should be on speaking terms with squats on a thrice-weekly basis. Great for a fit person with no joint problems though. This would be awesome for people who like thrusting motions with a dildo against their prostate whilst leaving both hands free for penis love. This would be great for anybody for anal play, really, along with vaginal. But really, the more flexible you are, the more use you’ll get out of the Heeldo. It’s comfortable enough to wear and use, you just have to consider your own limitations, if you have them. It’s primarily made of neoprene with webbing straps and plastic buckles.
At first I didn’t understand, or identify with, their decision to make a fetish cam girl model their spokesperson, but I get it now. It’s a great tool. Hands-free self-fucking and provides a great visual for their clients with a foot fetish. One aspect of their marketing is something I just don’t understand – they are firmly entrenched in the gender binary and hetero slant. So much so that their suggestion to use this as a “couples” tool is specific to only “straight” couples. Their idea is that she should use the Heeldo on herself whilst giving him a blowjob. They could have just left the orientation out of the mix and been more neutral. Why couldn’t a gay couple enjoy this in the same manner? They could. Or a lesbian couple? I’m sure they might like it, too. Take that oral sex idea and remove gender altogether because it’ll work out no matter the configuration. They could have subtly been inclusive, instead of being exclusive. Under the graphic where they advertise it’s use for prostate play, they do mention gay couples, as more of an afterthought. When you click on that image and you get to the page talking about using Heeldo for prostate play, they seem to be more inclusive but yet….why feel the need to go this route? “Heeldo for men transcends sexual preferences! It is the first strap on harness for both gay and straight men.” Oh so, only the Heeldo for Men transcends sexual preferences? *sigh*
Heeldo comes in some pretty typical colors: Black, Red, Bubblegum Pink and Leopard-print. Industry standard, really, and no imagination. The sizing is odd, too. “Women’s” is for US Women’s shoe sizes 4-8. That’s it. The “Men’s” option is for US Men’s shoe sizes 8-12. There’s no really good way of being able to tell that a person who wears US Women’s shoe size 9 should get the “Men’s” version, sadly. If you happen to be female-identified and have a larger foot size, and let’s say you really like pink, you’re out of luck. According to the site: “Heeldo for Her fits women’s foot 4 – 8 and is available in the black, pink, red, and leopard colors. Heeldo for Him fits men’s foot size 8 – 12 and is available in both black and red.”
Dear Heeldo: tone down the extreme gender binary / hetero slant. If they would just change the marketing and language to be more inclusive of the gender & sexuality spectrum, and less rigid, I suspect that more doors could open for them. Can’t they just have sizing that disregards gender on their packaging and list a size chart describing what size feet it’ll fit, and offer all sizes in all colors?
Overall – it does the job it intends to do. It offers something of an alternative to relying to suction-cup dildos. It’s not going to be a tool that every body can successfully use, but it is definitely interesting. Issues with gender, colors, and sizing aside, it’s still an interesting product. I would recommend it, I just would feel better about recommending it if some things were changed.
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