Sept 30, 2005
Volume 33
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Sex Talk by Simon Shepard
Evolution has provided each of us with some very fine erotic equipment indeed: poles, holes, and erogenous zones like nipples and feet. But that just isn't enough for some folks. Sex toys - notably dildos - have popped up in many cultures throughout history. But our age of technological marvels has exponentially expanded the catalog of carnal gizmos.

Says one purveyor of sex toys, "There are lots of possibilities out there. I'd loosely divide playthings into 'top toys,' designed to penetrate, 'bottom toys,' which accommodate erections, and 'other stuff,' which covers a hell of a lot of ground."

When many Gay guys say "toys," they mean "dildos," and among toppish tools, fake phalluses still reign supreme. A decent dildo can provide penetrating companionship during self-pleasuring sessions, and when company comes to call, it will help make both-ends penetration a breeze (as well as come up with steadfast service if erectile inspiration fails). Most dildos still look like penises, of course, but, due in part to the flourishing of feminist sex shops, the little (or not-so-little) fellows now come in a dazzling array of designs and colors. There are even prostate prodders, specially angled to hit a guy's G-spot just right.

Then there's the dildo's buzzy cousin, the vibrator. Though central to the sex lives of women who crave clitoral stimulation, they can also provide throbbing thrills for guys who keep their minds - and other apertures - open.

Bottomish toys include delightful masturbation aids that mimic receptive mouths and buttholes, including shaft-accommodating sheaths that can be pre-warmed and lubed up. Higher-tech horny homos employ penis pumps, both manual and electrically powered. Stick your thing in, start pumping, and a seductive vacuum will pull your pud into the pump's cylinder, making it swell up and feel just...swell.

Says our sex toy maven, "The kinky stuff includes everything from the mild - cockrings that strengthen erections, and titclamps that nab onto nipples - to the truly wild. In addition to classic SM implements like whips and bondage gear, there are mad-scientist-type units that send electrical stimulation to the shaft or hole, and pee gags, custom-designed for the water sports fan."

Clearly, the erotic explorer could drop a small fortune on sex toys. Are they worth it?

One lustful Luddite grouses, "I never could see the appeal of hauling out all these plastic and metal thingies in order to have sex. What the hell's wrong with the good old human body?"

But a Gay gentleman who's built up quite a gear collection counters, "I love how toys can add intensity and variety to sex. They can make very specialized scenes possible, or, at their simplest, just fill up a hungry hole. If sex is a theme park, then my toys are the E-ticket rides."

If you're out to acquire some tumescence-producing toys yourself, keep in mind that shopping for them is like buying anything else. Unless you're just getting a joke gift for a bachelor party, look for things that will be useful, not just intriguing. Learn about what's out there, and what you'll get for your cash - dildos made of silicone, for instance, are pricier, but a breeze to keep clean, while rubber toys must be more carefully maintained. And keep safety in mind. For instance: Vibrators without flared bases are liable to get lost somewhere in the colon, which can put a damper on a romantic evening.

And of course, keep in mind that even the priciest, flashiest toys are no substitute for enthusiasm and imagination. Remember what toys of _any_ sort are for: To help you have fun. But in _this_ case, the fun will have a erection.

Simon Sheppard is the author of Sex Parties 101, Kinkorama, and In Deep: Erotic Stories, and can be reached at Visit Simon at

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