While the topic of sex and masturbation has come a long way in the last decade or so, especially since Sex and The City, it’s still an awkward topic for a larger percentage of men and other penis-equipped individuals. Specifically, when it comes to discussing it amongst themselves. Male masturbation has always been treated like a dirty secret, and it’s very mentioning to another male has often been met with a shushing motion followed by “what you do behind closed doors…”. While this approach is intended as respectful, it also labels masturbation, and associated details, as something shameful, dirty, and especially private. If we want to break from this stigma we’ve created, it’s time to stop being afraid to talk about it.
I feel like I’ve only just gotten started with toy reviews, and just last week, I received an email to review something pretty special. The message came from a team of engineers in Oslo, a division of a larger engineering firm, that asked me to beta-test a new product. I was absolutely intrigued and took a look at their website for more details. Shortly thereafter, I accepted, quite excited. Roughly a week later, I could barely contain my excitement when a package was delivered to my doorstep.
This past week, I finally got a break from learning French after almost 3 months of daily classes. It’s been pretty bad trying to come up with any creative energy when you get burnt out by the afternoon, constantly translating what you hear in your head, then quickly responding with something grammatically appropriate. C’est fatiguant, câlice. So you can imagine how happy I was to find that the beginning of my week off and the delivery of the 2-in-1 Pocket Pussy Stroker Sleeve by PALOQUETH just happened to coincide.
This review began when someone I follow on Twitter shared a tweet by Paloqueth offering free toys in exchange for a review. I had been considering trying to add toy reviews to my site for a while but assumed it would be years before I had a reputation or reach that companies might find viable. So, I saw this as my shot to dip a toe in the water, as it were. I know some of the bigger toy companies out there, and some of the smaller ones, but I hadn’t heard of Paloqueth until that day. Doing some research, I found that their site’s blog goes back only as far as January of 2018, but other records show the company has existed for as long as 2013.
Last night, I was browsing through my twitter feed, and came across one particular tweet that kind of perturbed me. The tweet was made by @Epiphora, and included a picture of a magazine opened to a specific article. Mind you, I couldn’t read the article, at first. But the title read: “Different Strokes for Different Folks: Can Sex Toy Reviews Be Sex Negative?”. In addition, there was a block quote in the middle of it, which read: “In cases where a product is simply not a bloggers particular cup of tea, why are some of them actively driving sales away from ethical, sex-positive, all-inclusive companies?”
As I was going through my feed, I come across something posted by a friend of mine. A new service called “Sexy Liberation” has come into the light to provide a path into the sexual revolution. At first, I was skeptical, of course. But I went ahead and checked out their selection, as well as how and why they can provide a service that gives the public access to sex toys for free. That’s right, I said ‘free’. As in, you pay nothing for these quality sex toys.