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Okay, let me start by saying that guys don't get nearly enough credit.

Seriously. When it comes to sex, we really don't get the props. It's surprisingly hard work propping yourself up and doing the grunt-n-thrust, and any woman who's ever tried a strap-on for the first time will probably discover muscle aches in muscles she didn't know she had.

Now, I'm a big fan of strap-on sex. Receiving or watching (hey, I am a guy; watching two--or more!--girls get it on never gets old. I swear it's genetic.) And, fortunately, I've been graced with a number of partners who dig strap-on play too. The biggest problem, at least from a strictly physical perspective, is that it's generally not as much fun for the giver as it is for the receiver, which is why this thing exists:

This is the Tantus Feeldoe. If it doesn't look like an ordinary dildo, that's because it's not. It's the Ferrari-frikkin'-Formula-One race car of dildos. This thing has a patent on it, and seriously, who patents a dildo?

The "strapons are more fun to receive than to give" engineering challenge has been tackled before, of course. The old-fashioned double-ender was an early attempt to design around this problem, and today modern science has given us other specialized strap-ons that try to work the same way (like the Nexus and the Share, or if you're a mutant extra-terrestrial creature whose ideas of Earthly delights come from watching tentacle hentai beamed into space from Japanese network television, and perhaps had had a female vagina described to you but had never seen one up close, the Tango), but none are as successful as the Feeldoe, at least from the point of view of your humble recipient.

The Feeldoe comes in four sizes, which Tantus calls "Slim," "Original," "Stout," and "More." People who use them for girl-on-girl vaginal fun might call them "small(ish)," "medium," "large(ish)," and "large;" for teh mad analz, they might more reasonably be described as "big," "really big," "really really big," and "holy mother of God!" They're conveniently color-coded, so you can avoid those awkward after-sex "are you sure that was the size you intended to use?" conversations.

And did I mention they vibrate? Seriously. There's a cunning little slot in the base for a small but remarkably powerful little vibrating device.

Plus, silicone! You can wash it in the dishwasher! I don't actually know anyone who washes silicone sex toys in the dishwasher, but everything I've ever read about silicone always mentions that you can, so...you can wash it in the dishwasher! I don't recommend it if your mother or your aunt Mildred lives within easy driving distance and has the habit of popping over without warning; "Hey, Mildred! Come look at what I found in the dishwasher! It's...it looks like...Oh my God!" But you can. If, y'know, that appeals to you. Or you have a dishwasher fetish. Or something.

So, yeah. Good for the giver as well as the receiver; that's the general engineering notion here. There is actually a downside (and I don't just mean with the "Holy mother of God!" model) and that's the fact that it isn't a strap-on for beginners.

Any hands-free, harness-free design, no matter how clever, takes some work to learn how to use, which is probably another of those places where we guys really don't get near enough credit. Granted, you can use this dildo with a harness; you get one of the harnesses that uses rings to hold the dildo in place, you take out the panel behind the ring, you put on the dildo, you put the harness on over it, and it ain't goin' nowhere, so you end up with the best of a harness design and the "oh my God it gets me off to give it to you!" benefits of the hands-free design, and that's all well and good.

Gets a bit spendy, though. This toy won't be the cheapest thing on your shelf to begin with (though I happen to believe it's more than worth the cost), and a high-quality harness is going to double the price, so it...

Well, now that I think about it, it's like anything else. Spend the money to do it the easy way or spend the time to learn how to do it the hard way, I suppose.

As for the rest, it's pretty much what you expect from a well-designed sex toy. Yes, awesome G-spot stimulation (for both the giver and, if the receiver is a woman, the receiver). Yes, Incredible, mind-blowing orgasms, of the kind apt if they are not well-regulated, to have you waking up some hours later with a chunk of missing time and a "what the hell just happened?" expression. The state of sex toy design being what it is, these should be baseline givens in any good toy, and the Feeldoe meets those expectations admirably.

And it has a bit of that "mad scientist's lair" look to it. I'm always partial to things that look at home in a mad scientist's lair.

I have two of these, in the "big" and "really really big" sizes. If you prefer the "holy mother of God!" size, then you're a far better man, or woman, than I.


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Jul. 9th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
If you haven't tried one of these you really, really should.
Jul. 9th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
I have one of these (really really big size), and maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I've just never gotten the stimulation from it that everyone raves about. I don't feel it hitting my g-spot at all (and I have primarily vaginal orgasms, so I was really hoping for that), it doesn't rub my clit, and I can barely feel the vibrations. It may have been the fault of the harness I was using (I haven't gotten the hang of using it bareback), but I was really disappointed by it; if I could only get some stimulation out of it, too, I'd love using my feeldoe on people.
Jul. 10th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Same. I don't think any amount of practicing will make this an orgasmic toy for me, and I can't imagine it is for most women. But it's a fun concept and fun to use.
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Jul. 9th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hands free my ass. It's only hands free if you have the kegal control of a Singapore Ping Pong Sex Show worker.

It needs a harness of some kind, especially to maximize the whole "mutual pleasure" experience.
Jul. 10th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Hands free my ass. It's only hands free if you have the kegal control of a Singapore Ping Pong Sex Show worker.

I lol'd.
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Jul. 9th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
I'm with jenx on this one. I've tried both, and the Share is vastly, vastly superior. Why?

1. The Feeldoe is really hard. Some might like that, but as the giver (and the receiver), it's not a pleasant experience to feel hard plastic (and I think I remember feeling seams in it as well, but correct me if I'm wrong).

2. The shape of the g-pot stimulator is completely wrong for me. The Share is more curvaceous and comfortable to wear. I always felt like the Feeldoe was a giant softball inside of me, and that doesn't get me off.

3. The design makes it an ideal masturbation tool. If you want to use the shaft end of the Feeldoe, it's hardly comfortable to try to grasp the ball end. With the Share, the g-spot end is much easier to hold and therefore manipulate.
Jul. 10th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
This is my favorite toy now.

I have no trouble using this without a harness and I doubt I will ever use a harness again based on how good this works and feels. I'm still learning how to wield it while stimulating my own clit in the process, but it is possible. I agree, women do take for granted the motion and skill necessary for penetration, but I do so enjoy practicing!
Oh, and I have used the dishwasher for toys, top rack. =D
Jul. 10th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Ooh, what's that?
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Jul. 10th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
My ex's g/f washes her toys - all of them - in the dishwasher.

How do I know this?

Because when daniger lived with her father for a brief period she made the discovery one day when they thoughtlessly asked her to empty said dishwasher.

And that was the last time she ever emptied the dishwasher for them.
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Wow. If one normally makes a practice of washing one's sex toys in the dishwasher, it seems that one really, really ought to develop the reflex of thinking twice before sending someone else to said dishwasher.
Jul. 10th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Looks quite fun, I have to say.

But, if you could lj-cut at least the picture, it would save some embarrassing conversations at work tomorrow if I happen to scroll down a bit too much. Thanks!
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oops! Probably too late at this point, I assume.

Though, really, people read my journal at work? *boggles* I wouldn't think my blog is work-safe for anyone whose line of business doesn't actually involve porn, politics, or running a gigantic Midwestern megachurch.
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Jul. 10th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Damn! That's amazing.

Strap-ons aren't something I've ever included, but it's always good to know what a top-of-the-line piece looks like in case I ever start looking.

As always, thanks for an enlightening suggestion.
Jul. 10th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
I wash all the toys my girl and I use in the dishwasher, including the silicone, glass and stainless steel ones.
Jul. 10th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
I have to chime in and note that my girlfriend washes all her silicone/glass/metal toys in the dishwasher.

...partly because she is, apparently, out of room in her sin bin and she uses the top rack as storage when need be.
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
...sin bin...

Oh my GOD. What a great expression! I love it!
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Jul. 10th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
I just don't get off on penetration and I particularly don't get off on penetration by toys. That really wouldn't do anything for me.

However, I *do* get REALLY aroused by wearing a harness. And yes, you guys don't get nearly enough credit. I have virtually no stamina when it comes to playing the guy and my glut muscles scream after only a few minutes!

It was easiest on me wearing a strap-on to lie on my back and let my male partner ride me. That saved my underused muscles and allowed him to control the depth and speed that my inexperience caused me to not be very good at. Of course, not having any nerve endings in my dildo, it makes it more difficult for me to learn to control depth and speed too.

But just using a strap-on harness by itself can nearly bring me to orgasm. Add the butterfly vibe (or similar hands-free vibe) over the clit but under the harness and I'll probably get more pleasure out of it than the receiver!

*sigh* I need more practice!

Speaking of which, you are bringing a dildo suitable to use with my harness when you visit for D'con, right?
Jul. 10th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I think that can be arranged, yes. In fact, I may have to go shopping just for the purpose!
Jul. 10th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
Apparently I also have the kegel control of a Singapore Ping Pong Sex Show worker. Awesome!
(I heard the last lady I used it on was boasting what a great time
she had to everybody the next day, too, so I guess I've got the hang of it already.)

I ADORE my feeldoe. It's probably the closest I'll ever get to having a cock of my own (in this lifetime, at least) and all the other toys on the market give me the creeps - just too squishy.

But the best bit of this journal oh wow... I didn't know they'd brought out a new size. I so have to get me a 'holy mother of God' sized dildo, even just to *threaten* people with. Thankyou for sharing that detail so much!!

I don't know if you remember seeing that old cartoon where there's a little boy boasting about 'having one of these' (pointing to his penis) and a little girl retorts 'my mommy says with one of these I can get as many of those as I want' ... The feeldoe brings a whole new meaning to that joke for me. After all, I have a choice of sizes, and mine never goes soft! :)
Jul. 10th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Several people already beat me to it, but I also prefer the Share. It's cheaper (I believe), it's got a squishier (but still firm) feel and -- most importantly -- mine is PINK. Not only pink -- it's baby rose. True, it doesn't vibrate, but using a harness with a vibe pocket does the trick.

By the way, do you know of the Spareparts harnesses? They are so flipping cool. I've been narrowly resisting buying one for AGES.
Jul. 10th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh - and the Share's design makes it much more stimulating on the G, at least for me. The bulb is larger and has a nice curve to it.
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I have the stout model (the black contrasts my pasty irish skin so well) and I have encountered a few hints along the way. Let me say that the closest to knocking the virgin off of the toy i've gotten is a blowjob. two in fact. But I have used both ends on myself.
For me it works best if
-i am on my back
-if i am on my knees with my legs closed.
-i am on my knees, legs open and have two hands on it
I am not sure if my kegal muscles aren't strong (which taking into consideration my job I doubt) or if I get too wet and it cant stay... regardless if I don't have my hands on it, it slides right out.

as for orgasming, it left something to be desired. Until I figured out what works for me. the neck of the bulb part is flexible. If when I was 'jerking off' I pulled downward at an angle (pointing the head downward, it caused the bulb to hit my g-spot wonderfully. If I took out the vibrating bullet thing from the toy and held it on my clitoris too, well... I was done.

If I used too hands (one to jerk, one to apply pressure to the toy and thus to my ladybits) it also worked well.

And I recently learned that a blowjob is fantastic. I needed to hold the base (where the balls would be) but when the blower bit down a little to help move the toy, it worked wonderfully.

I will report back when I take full advantage of the toy, and I hope my finding helped out a little

Jul. 11th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
I do agree with some other commenters - I prefer the Share. It feels better when using it, yes, but for me, it's also just the way it feels to touch. It warms up nicely. It has the silky matte texture, rather than the nearly sticky high-gloss finish of Tantus products (which I usually love). The weight and the give and the stiff-squishiness of it just makes it feel like a real cock. My real cock. And it works, and that's just amazing.
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