As you know from my recent article about where to meet queers in Oakland, I am a big fan of local sex shop Good Vibrations. This sex-positive, feminist, queer-friendly sex toy paradise has been around since 1977, when the first store opened in San Francisco. Like many of us in the Bay Area, I spend a lot of time and money at Good Vibes. Here are five reviews of some of my favorite purchases from the store on Lakeshore Ave in Oakland. Also, hi, Mom! I know you read my articles. Articles like this are the reason I didn’t tell you about this job. I would stop reading if I were you.
Butterfly Kiss Waterproof Vibrator, $18
A friend recommended this innocent-looking butterfly toy to me over a year ago. I was skeptical, it didn’t seem that impressive, but she said it was amazing, and it was cheap so I went for it. I expected it to break pretty quickly but it’s been making me swoon for over a year now. This is my go-to toy for quickies by myself. Get one. It is worth way more than eighteen bucks.
Pros: Super affordable, 3 different vibration settings.
Cons: Not safe for sharing with others because of its porousness. Eats batteries pretty quickly.
Vixskin Realistic Dildos, $126-132
As a gold-star dyke, I can’t promise these feel like the real thing, because I have no idea, but I know they feel pretty great. I was resistant to realistic dildos for a long time, because ew, penises, but I have since come around (not a pun. Ok, a pun!). These dildos are so much softer and more comfortable than typical hard silicone ones. They’re simply amazing. There is no going back from a Vixskin. Get one. Your orifices will thank you.
Pros: Soft but firm, available in three different flesh tones, they feel amaaaaaaazing.
Cons: Quite pricey, but you get what you pay for. These cocks come with a lifetime warranty, so even though you’re spending over $100, you’re making a lifelong investment in your sex life. So, no cons.
Close Encounter Mini Riding Crop, $10
This adorable mini crop is great for the kinky traveler or newbie kinkster. Its price and size makes it a safe, low-stakes introduction to impact play. Capable of gentle tickling, welts that last for days, and everything in between. Whatever your level of sadism and/or masochism, you’ll have fun with this little thing.
Pros: It’s a crop. You get to consensually hit people with it and/or be consensually hit with it.
Cons: Some doms may feel less legit with a mini crop. Of course, it’s not the size of the crop, it’s how you use it.
Boudoir Cuffs, $24
I chose these over the other cuff options because they’re pretty and femme and soft. The velvet lining feels great on the wrists, and they do the trick. “The trick” being tying someone up. I don’t know what else to say about these except they’re great.
Pros: They’re pretty handcuffs.
Cons: Because they live on two of the legs of my bed, sometimes I forget they’re there, so I don’t use them enough. Never forget about your under-the-bed-restraints, dear readers.
Bound to Please Bondage Tape, $9
I learned from a dear friend today that bondage tape started out as “vet-wrap” tape to treat horses. Thankfully, we’ve found a much more practical use for it: tying people up to fuck them. This tape only sticks to itself, so is easily and quickly unwrapped when playtime is over. According to the manufacturer, you can even roll it back up and use it again, but I’m usually way too lazy for that. Because post-sex is all about cuddles, not carefully re-wrapping bondage tape, amirite?
Pros: Tie up and/or be tied up without ripping out your hair. Great for traveling.
Cons: I wound up with pink bondage tape because it came in a kit along with the mini crop. I would prefer black. But I got the kit because it was more bang for my buck (ugh, more sex puns!).