Saturday, March 3, 2012

Review: Make Me Over by Bedroom Kandi

I was pretty excited to receive the Make Me Over by Bedroom Kandi from OhMiBod. I love the idea of a large, round external vibrator and especially the strap on the back that you can slip your fingers through for easy holding. The Make Me Over comes in a large black compact with a mirror and does sort of look like a giant powder case.

Unfortunately, the toy didn't meet my expectations. The thing is pretty, don't get me wrong. Magenta is definitely my color and I love the shiny black case. But the body-side surface of the Make Me Over, while matte enough to provide good friction, is full of little diamonds that get dirty.

The metal charging element is right in the center of the body-side, which made me concerned about it getting wet and shorting out. The instructions included in the box say "splash proof" but not whether you can actually run the thing under water to get it clean. Somehow, metal charging elements don't actually seem "splash proof" to me. For an $89 toy, I want ease of cleaning.

The toy is also not convex enough--the surface is mostly flat and while the material and texture provide good overall stimulation it can't be pinpointed. Honestly, I think this toy is best for spot back and neck massages and, if I felt more confident that you could use it with massage oil, it would be a great tool for massaging a partner.

Make Me Over by Bedroom Kandi for OhMiBod
Price: $89
Recommended for: those who want non-specific external stimulation or something that can be used for massage.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

How to Write About Snooki's Pregnancy Without Sounding Like a Mean Girl

My jaw dropped yesterday when I read this post from Pregnant Pause, the blog of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Snooki is pregnant. The NC's blogger has an opinion about it:
Though [Snooki] went on record just a few weeks ago denying that she has a bun in the oven (or that she knows what an oven is, probably)...I could waste your time with pages of passionate prose detailing why Snooki is not ready for a baby (and should probably refrain from procreating in the future, as well...If you know who Snooki is, you know she shouldn't be having children. Not yet, at least, but--let's be honest--probably not ever. Snooki and I are the same age. I know I'm not ready for a baby and I have a pristine driving record, keep my privates private, and, I'm proud to say, am house broken. With her hard partying ways, inappropriate behavior and complete lack of common sense, Snooki is the epitome of fantastic reality television. Ready for motherhood, though? Absolutely not.
The extent to which "reality" television personalities are "really" like their on-screen personas is unclear, but even if Snooki is as hard-partying, gel-and-tanning as she appears on MTV, as a sexual health education professional I cannot imagine ever writing such nasty personal attacks about a celebrity's choice to become pregnant and certainly not in my role at the institution for which I work.

Snooki is 24 years old. Maybe, like many men and women, she's decided that she's enjoyed her youth to the max and is ready to have kids. Maybe she got pregnant by accident. Who cares? The Washington Post's Celebritology columnist, Jen Chaney, wrote a cheeky but nice article about Snooki's pregnancy that demonstrated her ability to poke fun at the artifice of Jersey Shore and the new wrinkles that a baby might add without sounding like a Mean Girl:
The upcoming Snooki/JWoww spin-off now has a plotline to rally around: “Can two Jersey-ite binge drinkers, one of whom is pregnant, share an apartment without driving each other crazy?” Snooki can write another book: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Can’t Go to Karma Anymore.”
And so on. I don't watch Jersey Shore--there is no condom for the eye, after all--but I know a mean girl when I read one. Even if the goal is to make young women think seriously about preventing pregnancy, smearing and demonizing an individual woman's choices is not an acceptable way for a leading national pregnancy prevention organization to communicate.