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12th December, 2007
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The Ergonomics of Onanism

The seahorse-like gadget on the left is what I've asked for for Christmas. It's called the Delight, and it's made by a company called The Fun Factory, who are based in Germany and seem to be distinguished by designing female sex toys which are high quality, and rather unusual compared to your usual dildoes and vibrators.

They sell a lot of their stuff in the women-oriented "erotic emporium", Sh! (men have to be accompanied by a woman in there). It's one of my favourite shops in the whole World; they make you a cup of tea when you go in and the friendly women there go the extra mile to make sure your shopping experience is a good one. Apparently they try all the products there themselves (nice job), amnd are more than happy to discuss details and offer advice. The stuff they sell is generally high quality, and very reasonably priced. It's a real pleasure to go in there and browse, and I've found it makes the experience at some of their competitors, where one may expect to find cheaply made, expensively priced rejects from a badly made porn flick, seem very poor in comparison.

It was while I was in there some weeks ago that I saw the Delight, their latest acquisition, sitting on the display in its combined carrying case/recharger (another nice touch). It immediately grabbed my attention, and after taking a couple of seconds to work out exactly how one would use it, the first thing that went through my mind was, "What an amazingly clever idea! Why has no-one thought of that before?"

See, even in somewhere like Sh!, which is a space that oozes female sexuality from every pore, and is possibly just a tad lesbian on occasion too, much of the merchandise is still designed, at a fairly basic level, as a penis mimic. Now clearly the male and female sex organ are a good match for each other at some level - they accomplish the job of procreation and evolution has spent countless generations refining the way it works, but I can't help feeling that evolution and sex toy manufacturers aren't quite working towards the same design goals. From a purely biological point of view, it's useful that the sex act is enjoyable, but enjoyment is still very much a means to an end. The sex toy industry need not concern itself with efficiently mating sperm and ovum, making its money from ensuring that our toes curl in as enjoyable a way as possible.

While it therefore makes perfect sense to be inspired from nature, there seems to be an assumption inherent in the design of many sex toys that the goal is to accurately duplicate it, which seems to me to be missing the point. Take clothing as an analogy. Nature provides us with a certain amount of natural ability to maintain warmth and comfort, but a nice comfy sweater is not designed along the same principles as body hair, or animal fur, nor should it be. When clothing manufacturers don't have to worry about producing our clothes by growing them in situ on our skin, and realise that we can take them off if they're too warm, wash them in detergent if they're dirty, etc., they can do a much better job than evolution did. As a result, we wear clothes that allow us to thrive in environments where our ancestors would surely have perished.

It's surely the same with sex toys. Just as a modern pullover bears only the most superficial resemblance to a piece of animal fur, there's no real reason to expect that the best kind of vibrator is a mechanical penis duplicate. At the risk of being accused of misandry, I suspect that most designers of female masturbation aids are probably male, or at the very least not thinking out of the box. That's why I like the look of the Delight so much - it looks like someone sat down and set about designing something that was specifically designed with the ergonomics of the vulva in mind, rather than starting with the penis as a template and working from there. Indeed, I have a suspicion (and perhaps others can add their own thoughts on this in the comment thread) that the reaction of most of those reading this born with, and still in possession of a penis, upon seeing the Delight is very much along the lines of, "Huh? How's that work then?".

I know that's what my reaction would have been before I got my own "ladybits", but perhaps I was just a bit unworldly?

Anyway, please do let me know what you think about this, all you lovely people, because I am genuinely curious. Personally I think that The Fun Factory are very much the Apple of the sex toy industry - they just seem to have this feel for ergonomics and nice touches.

The lady at the shop seemed to share my enthusiasm, by the way. She told me they'd been arguing over which one of them got to take it home and try it out.

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From:zoeimogen
Date:12th December, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
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I can hazard a pretty good guess at how it's used, but there's no sense of scale...

(I have a similar Fun Factory, ah, toy... from the styling it's an earlier version of the same basic idea - it's actually quite versatile and can be used in more than one way...)
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From:bloodbeauty
Date:12th December, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
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i *still* don't get how it works...
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From:asknosecrets
Date:12th December, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
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If I'm correct...tilt your head to the right (or your laptop to the left!) and see if that gives you a better clue?
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From:nicollegurrl
Date:12th December, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
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That is fantastic!, and that it is rechargable is
great also :-) (no more out of batteries at wrong times anymore)

But I did see the price on the webpage! :o
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From:techiebabe
Date:12th December, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
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To be honest, I hate sex toys that resemble cock. If I wanted cock, I'd get it - and not a hard rubber one that needs cleaning afterwards!

Something more ergonomic and friendly is better - the Delight looks fun! Wish I could afford a sybian, but hey ho... In the meantime, I recommend using two vibros at once, touching different sides of the hood, but at different speeds. It's the different speeds that makes everything ...uncontrollable.
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From:auntysarah
Date:12th December, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Have you seen the cock-dildoes that have the baggy flesh effect and everything? Talk about a turn off...

I may be biased by having had more than enough cock to last several lifetimes tho!

Still having to be a bit careful round my own hood - the rest is basically completely healed but the hood is where I had my revision, so there's still some settling down happening.
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From:marnanel
Date:12th December, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Okay, so, I'm not sure where I'm really coming from here (so to speak): I am the not-terribly-proud possessor of boyparts, but I have an aversion to identifying as male. That said:

a) I really would have thought that most educated people know by now that most women can't get off through penis-in-vagina stimulation. So why people would think a woman would want to simulate it when she's on her own is beyond me.

b) How can we put this delicately? ...Perhaps we can't. The stimulation which actually gets me off is not at all similar to penis-in-vagina sex either, and though I *can* come that way (it usually takes a while) it's not as much fun all told. It's certainly not faster. So why anyone would want to make the analogy with women is kind of beyond me. (Or maybe I'm just unusual. Perhaps I need to make an LJ poll.)

It does look awfully fun, and I wish I had one and a vulva to use it on. :)
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From:auntysarah
Date:12th December, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
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I have an aversion to identifying as male

*hug*

I really would have thought that most educated people know by now that most women can't get off through penis-in-vagina stimulation. So why people would think a woman would want to simulate it when she's on her own is beyond me

I get the feeling that female bits and their function is a mystery to a surprisingly large part of the population (and not just men). the_local_echo suggested some time ago that post-op transwomen are probably, in general, unusually knowledgeable about what goes where, how stuff works, etc.
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From:emperor
Date:12th December, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm almost sure I can see how that works, but it'd be easier with one in front of me, as it where. It's taken a bit of head-scratching to figure out, though...
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From:emperor
Date:12th December, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
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There seem to be at least a few prostate-massaging tools out there which have had some thought put into them, too. No idea if they're any good, mind...
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From:snakey
Date:12th December, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
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OK, to let you know what I think about this, I have to give you some background...this will probably be tmi, to warn you.

I've never got the point of vibrators; not for "clitoral" stimulation, anyway. I've always been dysphoric about that part of my anatomy anyway. Since I've always been into penetration, I thought yeah, they're good for that, but I really didn't get the point of say the Hitachi Magic Wand or whatever.

Since being on T I've got less dysphoric about that part of myself, though (though interestingly in the last few months I've lost interest to a large extent in, ah, frontal penetration). I was in Nua the other day (our local Sh! analogue) wanting to pick up something new for Teh Buttsecks (I ended up getting the Tantus Throb, which rocks) and I saw the Fun Factory Layaspot, and on impulse bought it.

I tell you, this thing could be designed for ftms like me who have a degree of dysphoria about their "clitoris" (though I don't think of mine with that word). Not to put too fine a point on it, jacking off manually frequently makes my brain short-circuit because my dick's, eh, not all that it should be. But this thing is basically designed so that you can lie face-down on it and not have to touch anything, and particularly with the lower growth I've got from T it's the perfect solution. Alternatively you can shove it down your pants, and again not have to touch anything (and so can use it when you're packing, which neatly avoids the whole other mental short circuit). I'm sure they didn't have trans guys in mind when they designed it, but it's the first vibe that's ever gotten me off through external stimulation.

When you get it, let me know what the Delight is like; if I ever get back into front hole penetration, I'd be interested in trying it. Fun Factory have finally managed to sell me on vibes.

(I miss Sh! *sigh* I can pass as a lesbian, but I would just feel like I was invaded women's space unfairly, and I haven't got any female buds in town atm who would accompany me.)
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From:auntysarah
Date:12th December, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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I tell you, this thing could be designed for ftms like me who have a degree of dysphoria about their "clitoris" (though I don't think of mine with that word)

How about "glans"? That's useful in describing, anatomically, what it is, and is gender-neutral.

When you get it, let me know what the Delight is like

Will do.

I miss Sh! *sigh* I can pass as a lesbian, but I would just feel like I was invaded women's space unfairly, and I haven't got any female buds in town atm who would accompany me

I'll accompany you, if you like?
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From:nicollegurrl
Date:12th December, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
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I had a look, it is €116 here, so exact the same :-)
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From:calamarain
Date:12th December, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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It almost looks like an art piece. If it wasn't for the controls, you could keep it out as an interesting sculpture.
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From:auntysarah
Date:12th December, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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It is very pretty, isn't it?
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From:cyberspice
Date:12th December, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
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That looks fun and it should clear my constriction. I may have to get me one...
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From:aki_no_kaze
Date:12th December, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)

lj ate my comment

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ive greatly enjoyed the fun factory toys that we have. I think they rock mostly because they are made of silicone which is non-porous so it wont grow bacteria like jelly toys will and are safe to share
From:ex_lark_asc
Date:12th December, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
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the ergonomics of the vulva

There's an album title.

As for the thing itself, I'm still stuck on "How do you use *that*?". It looks like it would make an interesting new kind of dildo, but I suspect that for me the vibration function wouldn't get used much, based on the controls I can see. I very much prefer escalating vibration, plain "bzzz" really isn't my thing 99% of the time.
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From:auntysarah
Date:12th December, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
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As for the thing itself, I'm still stuck on "How do you use *that*?"

Unless I'm way off base, as pictured, the bottom bit penetrates to massage the G-spot and pelvic floor muscle, and the bulge at the top, below where the controls are, massages the area around the clitoris. Similar idea to a Rampant Rabbit, but without looking like a cock with ears.

Info on masturbation techniques is, er, always useful *blush*. I'm still very much trying to figure out what works.

Edited at 2007-12-12 18:20 (UTC)
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From:lisanys
Date:12th December, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
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No product link? I'm somewhat disappointed. :(
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From:auntysarah
Date:12th December, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
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It doesn't seem to be on their website yet :-(
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From:misthawk
Date:12th December, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
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I haven't tried anything from Fun Factory yet, but I have looked at getting one. I hadn't seen this one before, and it's very tempting. And reviews are always great!

As an aside, if you like artistic sex toys, could I recommend Transports of Delight? The dilettos are penetrative, but are hand made to order, and are incredibly beautiful. The designer road tested all the designs herself, and put them out to friends for trials. Plus, eco friendly! I do own one, and while I prefer buzzy toys, I find the shape very effective. }:)
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From:auntysarah
Date:14th December, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
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As an aside, if you like artistic sex toys, could I recommend Transports of Delight?

Ooh, that looks rather nice! Thank you!
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From:1ngi
Date:12th December, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)

Tis the season to be Jolly

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All that remains to be said is that I wish you a VERY MERRY Christmas ;-)

*giggles*
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From:auntysarah
Date:14th December, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Tis the season to be Jolly

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I'm sure it will be, thank you :-)
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From:fragglechick
Date:12th December, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
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I hope you get it in the colours shown here - awfae purty!

I love how much pleasure you're getting from your (fairly) new vag luv, it's endearing to see! :)
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From:auntysarah
Date:14th December, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
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I hope you get it in the colours shown here - awfae purty!

Well, nice wifey asked what colour I wanted, and I said, "blue", so here's hoping!

it's endearing to see!

:-) :-) :-)
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From:emmajnation
Date:12th December, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
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There was a very similar (slightly less sea-horse-y and more S shaped)item shown on a programme on Channel Five the other evening, except that one was rigid transparent plastic and didn't vibrate/pulsate. It was intended to stimulate the G spot by touch, but because it was hard plastic, it transmitted sensations such as tapping or flicking the outside end.
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From:cherade9
Date:13th December, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
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Thanks! That's my birthday present sorted now :)
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From:hobbitblue
Date:13th December, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Forest brought back a fancy sex toys catalogue from one of the stands at Erotica 2007 and it had a whole range of interestingly shaped things like that, so I recognised it.. was very glad to see non-penis shaped things, though the glass dildos I've spotted around the place with unusual bobbles and protuberances look more my sort of thing, damned expensive though. Sounds like a cool shop to visit, btw! :)
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