Quack, Squeak, Hop: Vibes for Moms With a Sense of Humor
Tell me what you think about these crazy kid-like vibes in the comment field below and enter to win a Yooo, a $119 value!
When I was a new mom, I remember being outraged by what my academic friend referred to as the “infantilization of motherhood.” For those B students like me, that is a fancy way of saying that mothers get marketed to as if they are the child, not the adult. For example, I went to buy a diaper bag–one’s defacto purse for 2 years–and all of them had duckies on them (in 14 years this has changed alot; now I could have a diaper bag designed by celebrity mom Heidi Klum herself!).
So when I first encountered toys like the Duckie Vibe, which is exactly like what it sounds–a vibrating rubber duck, I experienced a sort of horror by association. I didn’t need something to look like a duck to get me off now that I was a mom, I could own my adult desires and proudly wank away with phallic-shaped toys if I wanted to!
But the first chink in my armor came courtesy of the Hello Kitty, which made me laugh out loud and want one at the same time. Not because I felt infantilized, but because it was such a friggin’ cute and kitsch toy (ok, and my kids were well past infancy). I wrote a separate post on it at the time, with this comment:
“Plenty of everyday objects have been appropriated as vibrators (there are vibrators that look like lipstick, some like pens, some like rubber ducky bath toys). It makes sense that moms might like these because we tend to be more concerned about our toys getting discovered, and this lets us hide them in plain sight. “
I also admit that these toys have a charmingly disarming quality to them, so that if you’re at all nervous about trying a sex toy, these toys could help break the ice a bit. They clearly are catching on because the three newest “vibes in disguise” (as we call them), are hysterical:
Yooo. I can’t say anything about this without inviting a cease and desist by a major entertainment conglomerate, but please, the photo at top says it all. Plus, the ears, oops, I mean round balls of this silicone-sheathed Fun Factory vibe each house their own motor and feel marvelously strong.
Love Bunnie. I almost stuck these in my kids’ Easter baskets because the cuteness factor nearly overwhelmed my good sense. But I want one of my very own.
Forbidden Fruit. Perhaps after surviving 14 years of Disney movies, I can have a secret crush on an apple that not only doesn’t kill you, but restores health, vigor and beauty to your cheeks once you’ve had your way with it.
So, what do you think? Would you play with these toys? Comment below from now till the end of May, 2011 and I’ll draw a winner at random to receive the Yooo in pink!
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