review: screaming o toone vibrator

review: screaming o toone vibrator

waaaaay back when, sometime last summer, the fine folx at peepshow toys sent me this toy to review (along with the very good blush temptasia elvira). unfortunately, life intervened in the form of a chronic illness and work stress, so although i gave this toy a thorough testing, sadly i haven’t sat down to write a review until now. forgive me, peeps at peepshow.

onward! 

the specs:

the screaming o toone is a rechargeable, body-safe silicone-coated vibrator with a cute, funny shape. it looks a bit like a bunny, with two flexible ears meant to “surround” the clit. let me tell you – this thing will get you hoppin’ on just the right setting! and with 10 vibration settings and 10 patterns, you’ll have fun discovering which setting is the best for you. each “ear” has its own motor. this really does make it a powerful vibe for its size. speaking of, this vibe is 4.2 inches in length and 2 inches wide. it fits nicely in the hand and the power button, which you also use to adjust its vibration, is in a very convenient place for switching things up while you’re playing with it.

the toone can be used for about an hour before it runs out of power, but i’ve let it sit for a while (read: months) and it’s still charged and ready to go. the charging mechanism was a little strange for me. i’ve never seen a charger where you insert a pointy end of the usb cable into the base of the toy. this is really hard to describe, so check out the gif below. once i figured this out, it was all good, but at first i was afraid i’d break it!

the toy comes in purple and hot pink. it retails for $45 on peepshow toys.

getting in toone…

i was really surprised at how powerful this little thing can be. the toone has both rumbly and buzzy settings, so there’s something here for most everyone. i ended up enjoying it more as a traditional type of vibe by pressing just one of the ears against my clit. i found it difficult to position the ears on either side of my clit. while the ears are somewhat flexible, i would have to position them just so to wrap around my clit and having to adjust them kept taking me out of the moment. everyone’s bits are different, so this is definitely a YMMV thing. i usually seek out a setting that works for me and stick with it, but i did have a good time checking out my responses to the variety of settings. it’s made easier with the placement of the power button, as i wrote above. 

i did have rather nice, intense orgasms with the toone. i’ve only used it on my own, but it could be really fun to use with a partner who can position it just so for you and then go to town with those settings!

i don’t know that it’s an everyday go-to toy for me, but the toone vibrator is a fun addition to my toybox and i definitely want to ask my Daddy to tease me with it! so cute and so affordable!

thanks so much to the fine folx at peepshow toys who sent me the toone in exchange for my honest review. please be sure to check them out for your sexy-times toy needs. and please note that i’ve used affiliate links for this review. every little bit i make from affiliate sales frees up time and energy to write more here. thank you, dear readers! ❤️

chronically kinky, chronically ill

chronically kinky, chronically ill

Photo of a glass of pills that have spilled onto the table with the words "chronically kinky, chronically ill" overlaid

i’ve been living with significant body aches and fatigue for years now. it took me until this past summer to finally speak to my doctor about how i’d been feeling. my theory is that i’d been living with pain for so long that i didn’t even think to tell any of my doctors about it. i had learned to muddle through and assumed this was just how you feel when you’re hitting middle age and when you could be in better shape. i didn’t really know much about chronic illness.

after some bloodwork, x-rays, and a physical, the rheumatologist to whom i had been referred by my awesome, compassionate internist diagnosed me with an autoimmune disease. i’ve been working with her since and i’ve been making some progress towards remission.

while it was a relief to get a diagnosis, the last few months have been difficult trying to make some serious lifestyle adjustments. i’m someone who will –go go go– until i drop right into bed for an entire weekend of slow recovery. i’d been fighting myself for years, trying to push an exhausted body and mind harder and harder.

but that’s something i can’t do now. i have to measure out my time and energy and prioritize. i have to cut corners where i can, get someone to help me, not push too hard on days when i do feel strong and relatively pain-free. i’ve had to learn to give myself injections, to get more sleep, to drink way more water, and to say “no” when i know i’ve reached my limit. i’m still trying to learn what those limits are and how to pay attention when my body says “slow down.” it’s difficult; i’m a perfectionist and i’m stubborn.

all of that said, i’ve still enjoyed a really healthy sex life in the last couple of years with a partner who understands my body sometimes better than i do. for good overall health, regular sex and impact play has helped keep me flexible and smiling.

it seems a little counterintuitive for some people. why would you inflict pain to relieve pain, they ask. as kirsten schultz of chronicsex.org wrote in her 2017 post flogging ended my year-long fibro flare,

I mentioned it to my rheumatologist at our latest appointment and she was ecstatic. When I told her how, she was really intrigued. We believe that, somehow, the BDSM play helped to rejigger the pain messages my body was sending. Researchers believe that mixed up pain signals are what fibro essentially is, after all.

https://www.chronicsex.org/2017/09/bdsm-ended-fibro-flare/

unfortunately, i don’t quite have that relationship with my rheumatologist, but i can say with confidence that impact play has often “rejiggered” my entire being, loosening up muscles and strengthening fascia and lengthening my spine. my hips, accustomed to the tightness brought on by a sedentary job in a crappy chair, start to sway a little more, making circles and slow U-shapes. i can feel a pop and a snap here and there as tension releases. sometimes i cry from deep in my belly, heaving sobs escaping my throat and tears falling onto Daddy’s bare feet.

with every swing of the padded baton, i feel lighter. my mind is focused on the pain of the paddle hitting my pink flesh. my desire is to please and to release. my release gives Daddy pleasure, too, as he knows the week has been so long and i’ve pushed so hard. he knows our friday ritual is important to me and to my physical well-being.

he is a very important member of my treatment team, needless to say.

i’m trying to view sex and kink as part of my wellness plan, quite honestly. when i’m depressed or in pain, i tend to avoid people and prefer to be left alone to recover and heal. but what’s actually more useful to me as a long-term coping skill is reaching out rather than isolating myself. asking my partner to paddle and cane me, to redirect my attention from the pain in my lower back to the stripes he’s putting on my ass, is so effective for me when i remember to ask for it or when i’m lucky enough that Daddy notices and initiates.

just as i view cannabis as medicine, similarly i view impact play (and bdsm more broadly) as medicine for my body and spirit. there’s not a painkiller as effective as my Daddy’s hand lovingly squeezing my flaring arm. 😉