Review: Sex Toys 101

Even though I’m fairly well versed in sex toys now, I was very interested to see what Sex Toys 101: A Playfully Uninhibited Guide had to say and FunWares was kind enough to send it to me to review.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:   Adult Instructional Book
  • Author:   Rachael Venning and Claire Cavanah
  • Publisher:   Fireside
  • Pages:   176
  • Size:   8″ x 8″ x 0.5″
  • Price:   $16.95
  • Pros:    Fairly small size; Bright, colorful and fun; Lots of pictures; Applies to all genders and orientations
  • Cons:   Not discreet to leave laying out; Information is a little dated; A bit cheesy at times
  • Overall Rating:   3.5/5
  • Recommended: Yes

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The front cover

The cover of Sex Toys 101 is very bright and it’s exactly what I would expect from the founders of Babeland.  I beckons even the most demure to open it and take a peek inside.  There are three rows of small images of sex toys including butt plugs, vibrators, and cock rings that decorate the front of the book and the back is lined with anal beads.  Because of this, it’s not exactly the most discreet book.  If you’re looking for something that wouldn’t draw attention to itself if you accidentally left it out, this is not it.  However, if you’re looking for something that could be a sexy coffee table book, this would definitely be a conversation starter.  Even though the cover is not very discreet, I don’t think the cover would turn off the shyer audience that may be interested in learning more about sex toys.

As I mentioned, it’s a fairly short book with only 176 pages and is broken down into 10 chapters:

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A sex toy collage

1 –  let’s play doctor: sexual anatomy
2 – sex on the brain: sexual express & communication
3 – what’s the buzz? all about vibrators
4 – gearing up for getting down:  dildos and strap-ons
5 – butt, butt, butt: anal toys
6 – the men’s room: toys for boys
7 – lube job: the importance of being slippery
8 – prisnoers of love: bondage and domination
9 – love me tender (not): playing with sensation
10 – keeping it safe: safetly is fun

Each chapter starts with a short story of an experience they authors have had and seen in their Toys in Babeland store, which I thought was fairly neat.  The rest of the chapters are broken into a few different sections with a small headers and sub headers.  There are also small colored blocks with texts that may have common questions concerning toys, tips, or more info.  There are also tons of images.  Most of the images are of toys and are labeled so if something is particularly appealing you can find them.  If you see something that is not labeled is most likely labeled some where else in the text.  There are also several sex toy collages and designed made with images of various toys, which I thought made it very fun to read.  Once they start talking about toys they’ll list and describe some of their favorites and the description is typically associated with an image.

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A sample page

The writing style is very easy to follow along with, but it can be a bit too cheesy for me at times.  I also found a bit of the material to be a little dated.  However, the book was published in 2003 so a lot has changed in 7-8 years.  I would really like to see an updated version of this book though because that would be even more useful.  None of the information, to the best of my knowledge, was completely false or untrue, but there were several cases where they mentioned a toy being the only one of it’s kind, but now there are many different things like it.  One place did list that Durex Avanti are polyurethan, and they may have been some time ago, but now they are polyisoprene and there are two other brands of non-latex condoms as well.  Also, the information can be used by all genders and orientations, which I liked. In general, the information was useful and there were even a few small things I hadn’t particularlly thought about

Overall, I think Sex Toys 101 is a fun, easy,and informative read.  I was a little disappointed that it was a bit outdated and there are a lot more new exciting products on the market that aren’t included in the book.  It is still fairly accurate with most of the general information though so if you’re looking for a good overview on sex toys or just a sexy coffee table book I suggest picking it up.

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*This review was sponsored by FunWares, the product was sent to me free of charge to provide my honest opinion with no form of compensation*

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