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Kink Academy.


Sex Toy Reviews for Experimental Fuckers #6

Kink Academy

This review contains affiliate links.

I recently won Lady Cheeky’s huge Valentine’s Day giveaway, and Kink Academy donated a one-month subscription to their Web site. In fact, however, Kink Academy was so generous as to give me two months of free membership. Thank you so much to Kink Academy for this educational prize! I logged in and was able to access the site on my first attempt.

     Of course, I went straight to their video library. Kink Academy’s videos cover every BDSM and kink topic I can think of and then some. On the first page alone, I saw videos about rope bondage and suspension, negotiation in D/s relationships, sensory deprivation, handcuffs, whips, aftercare, and more. Kink Academy’s videos are extremely varied and informational. They have free videos that discuss topics like consent, how to clean canes and latex, age play, water bondage, erotic humiliation, urethral sounds, and even kink on a budget. I really enjoyed this free demonstration called The Cock Helicopter¹.

     I’m not an especially kinky person and haven’t tried many BDSM activities. My fiancé spanks me sometimes, but we’ve never done it in a serious way or constructed a scene. It’s always playful and never lasts long. Honestly, we had only one impact toy until recently. It’s a little cat-o’-nine-tails that came to me as a free gift when I bought my fiancé his Fleshlight. We’ve never used it. It’s a better free gift than the masks that often come with Pipedream toys, but this cat-o’-nine-tails is relatively cheap. Instead, he spanks me bare-handed. I recently received the Tantus Plunge Paddle, and we haven’t used it yet but plan to. I sensed my fiancé’s excitement as his eyes lit up when I showed him Gritty Woman‘s video. I also like being restrained. I’ve been curious about breast bondage for a long time. Ultimately, I’ve declared that this year will be my Year of the Spanking, but I can’t say I’ve made any progress yet, and it’s already March, so I’m hoping that Kink Academy will help me get started.

     Kink Academy’s search bar is effective and helpful. For example, I couldn’t find videos about breast bondage using the “breasts” tag, so I went to the search bar, typed “breast bondage,” and easily found what I was looking for. I also searched “spanking” because there is no tag², and I found videos demonstrating spanking with toys, spanking positions, spanking techniques, spanking safety, and heavy-handed spanking, which was my favorite of these videos. The search bar is a great tool that allowed me to find specific videos without paging through the archives, although that’s another option. I also searched by skill level and by expert. Video labels include “basic skill,” “intermediate skill,” or “advanced skill.” Basic skill videos provide general information and discuss safety and relationship topics. They are accessible to almost everyone, even people like me who aren’t very kinky. These videos are introductions to topics and literally teach the basics. One basic skill video discusses choosing a dildo for strap-on sex. Intermediate skill videos build on what experts teach in basic skill videos. Kink Academy experts in videos at this level demonstrate alternate techniques and provide additional tips for their successful execution. Intermediate skill videos discuss safety in more depth as well. This intermediate skill video discusses adding rope to avoid running short. Advanced skill videos discuss more dangerous BDSM and kink activities. They also discuss techniques that require practice to master. For example, some advanced skill videos discuss rope suspension, breast milk play and inducing lactation, and Florentine flogging. All of Kink Academy’s videos are professional. This site isn’t a porn or tube site. Instead, it’s truly a sex education site. Kink Academy uses slow motion to show difficult concepts and techniques, and while some of their videos are arousing, they all focus on instruction. Kink Academy constantly stresses the importance of safety.

     The experts at Kink Academy, also called the faculty, are definitely knowledgeable. Some are better demonstrators than others, but overall, it’s obvious that they know what they’re talking about. Kink Academy’s experts run the gamut. They’re transgender, polyamorous, sadists, certified counselors and therapists, fetishists, and exhibitionists. Experts Foxy and Sherifox are pony play grand champions. These experts are educators, introverts, comedians – and yes, some are sex workers. If I’m interested in learning something new about BDSM or kink, I know there’s a Kink Academy expert who can teach me.

     Kink Academy’s blog supplements their video library with more general information about topics like rules for building healthy D/s relationships, precautions and safety tips, historical information, how to choose the right type of rope, setting the mood with music, and subspace. The blog does not seem to include videos.

     Kink Academy uploads at least five new high-quality videos every week, which means their site is always current and relevant. It seems like they really care about what their members want to see and produce popular content based on user feedback and other metrics. They offer several subscription options, and their billing for membership charges is discreet.

     If Kink Academy’s content is a bit too rough, they offer the same features on their sister site, Passionate U. Passionate U provides the same professional level of educational information about sex and intimacy minus the BDSM and kink topics. Some of the videos on Passionate U discuss erectile dysfunction, choosing the right condom, menopause, and even how to remove her bra. Both Ducky Doolittle and Lady Cheeky are Passionate U experts. In these videos, Ducky Doolittle discusses slowing down his orgasm, and Lady Cheeky discusses sensuality for women over 40.

Pros:

  • Kink Academy’s site is easy to navigate.
  • The extensive video library and archives cover a wide variety of BDSM and kink topics.
  • Kink Academy offers free videos that provide “health, legal and safety information that we believe all sexual beings should have access to.”
  • Passionate U, Kink Academy’s sister site, offers the same features without the kink.
  • The search bar is effective at locating specific content.
  • Kink Academy is searchable by skill level and expert in addition to more basic search tools.
  • The videos are clearly labeled and logically organized.
  • Consent and safety are constantly emphasized.
  • The high-quality videos are professional, and the experts are knowledgeable.
  • Kink Academy’s blog supplements their video library.
  • Kink Academy uploads at least five new videos every week.
  • Their billing for membership charges is discreet.

Cons:

  • Not all of Kink Academy’s videos are free. Some content is available to members only.
  • Kink Academy could make better use of tags.
  • At least one expert isn’t listed with the rest of the site’s faculty³.
  • Kink Academy’s content might be too kinky for some people.

Rating:  8.5/10

¹Although I can’t say I’m sure my fiancé would let me spin his penis like a helicopter blade.

²What?

³There are only three Sir Nik Satanas videos on Kink Academy, so perhaps he just isn’t a regular contributor.

Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps.


Sex Toy Reviews for Experimental Fuckers #4

Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps

This review contains affiliate links and photos that are not safe for work (NSFW).

My first pair of nipple clamps is from Pipedream‘s Metal Worx line. This toy arrives in a small, hard case that I think is pretty classy. There are sticker labels on the top and bottom of the case, so it’s obvious what’s inside, but there are no models on the packaging, and the labels are easy to remove for the sake of discretion. A logo image appears on the lid of the case underneath the sticker label.

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     The closure is solid, easy to operate, isn’t loose and doesn’t wiggle, and definitely is strong enough to hold the case closed. The metal accents give the case an industrial look.

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     The case contains a removable block of foam with two cutouts that hold the nipple clamps. Cutting down the foam would create a space for storing other small objects – additional pairs of nipple clamps, for example. Because I have only one pair, I’m storing extra batteries underneath the foam.

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     Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps are attractive in silver and feature four clear or white decorative crystals to provide some sparkle. At this point, I have minor concerns. First, I’m not certain about the material. Pipedream lists the material as “Steel,” which I don’t doubt is possible. I’m not an expert and don’t know how to test the material to determine that it’s steel. The clamps do jingle with a metallic sound. They don’t feel as heavy as I imagined they would. However, they are small, and I have to say that the clamps feel heavier when I’m wearing them. I don’t know why. Perhaps the additional perceived weight is a result of my nipple sensitivity, the small surface area of my nipples, the size of my breasts, or the pull of gravity. I have no idea and can only guess. The magnets attract only to themselves, so if these nipple clamps are steel, then they might be made of stainless steel, and I can’t test the material based on magnetism alone because some stainless steels aren’t magnetic. A friend of mine has a nickel allergy. She even covers the back of her watch because it irritates her skin. She’s careful that jewelry she wears is not plated because plated metals might cause her to experience an allergic skin reaction. I’ve noticed that my nipple clamps scratch very easily (and after only a handful of uses).

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     I’ve also noticed that there was some kind of film peeling off near the crystals, but the surface underneath isn’t damaged, so I think it’s just residual glue. I’m going to take Pipedream’s word for it that the material is steel. My fiancé assures me that they’re made of steel, and he would know better than I do, so I’ll trust his judgement as well. Overall, however, I would recommend doing some research before buying Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps. I don’t know if I can recommend these clamps for everyone because I believe there’s a chance that they’re plated. Although I have very sensitive skin, I have not experienced any skin irritation as a result of wearing these clamps, but someone even more sensitive than me – like my allergic friend – might. If these clamps cause skin irritation, discontinue wearing them.

     My second complaint about Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps is purely cosmetic. I don’t like the lack of sparkle in the decorative crystals. They don’t catch the light and glisten enough.

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     I would love to see Pipedream use Swarovski Elements crystals instead, but I know these clamps would cost more if they did.

     I wanted to try these nipple clamps first because I thought that a pair of magnetic clamps would be gentle and easy for a beginner to use. Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps are gentle. In fact, I’d recommend wearing them for a short period of time to get the best results. I like to wear them during sex or masturbation essentially for an entire session of about 20-30 minutes. They don’t pinch much at first, but after a few minutes, I start to feel increased sensitivity and pressure. After only about five minutes, I start to notice how hard the clamps keep my nipples. After about ten minutes, I begin to feel the pinch. My nipples are slightly darker at this point, but there isn’t a significant change in color yet. As I approach 25 minutes, the clamps really are pinching now. My nipples are noticeably darker with purplish areas. The clamps continue to pinch and actually squeeze tightly enough to leave small indentations in the sides of my nipples after I take them off. I was curious to see how long I could wear the clamps and recently tested my limits. My longest experience wearing them was about 45 minutes, which I think is a bit too long for me. By the time I took the clamps off, the pinch was definitely painful, and I had purple areas on my nipples. I still recommend them for beginners because the pinch increases gradually, and it took all that time to become too uncomfortable for me to continue wearing them. They always eventually become too painful, so I can’t wear them all day, but they definitely work. After I removed the clamps, the pinch continued to last for several minutes during which my nipples stayed erect and sensitive.

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     These clamps are slightly fiddly. They definitely take two hands to put on in order to keep the magnets apart. If a clamp prematurely snaps shut and catches the tip of a nipple, it’s a bit painful like when my fiancé bites them too hard. It’s easier for me to put on these clamps myself instead of having my fiancé put them on me.

     We even tried using these nipple clamps for temperature play. I put the clamps in the refrigerator for a while and told my fiancé that there was a surprise for him in the fridge. They were definitely cold to the touch at first, but they didn’t hold that temperature, which was disappointing. The only noticeable sensation before long was the gradually increasing pinch.

     Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps will work best for people who have more protruding nipples. Ideally, the nipple should poke all the way through the ring.

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     I have large breasts that bounce around during sex, and even with somewhat protruding nipples while wearing the clamps properly, the bouncing drove the clamps closer to the tips of my nipples, and they slipped off. The magnets snapped shut with a sharp pinch that left a small, red dot about the size of a pencil point on the tip of my nipple for a couple of days. It didn’t hurt for more than a few minutes.

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     I bought my nipple clamps at a Black Friday sale price from PinkCherry, but they’re worth SheVibe‘s $32.99 price tag.

     Finally, I have to say that – in spite of my rating – I like my Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps. They ended up being a good buy, and I’m glad I shopped around for the best price and waited for a sale. I like the price I paid for what I received, the magnets are strong enough, and the clamps work as described and expected. I’m happy with them. I can’t recommend Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps for everyone because they won’t work for every body type.

Pros:

  • Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps are attractive silver clamps with decorative crystals.
  • The hard storage case is strong, classy, and discreet with the product stickers removed.
  • These clamps genuinely are a good choice for beginners because they don’t provide a strong initial pinch and are best worn for a short period of time during which the pinch slowly builds.
  • These nipple clamps are worth a $25-35 price tag.
  • Use these nipple clamps for temperature play.

Cons:

  • I’m not positive that these nipple clamps are steel.  They might be plated, so sensitive and potentially allergic people may experience skin irritation.
  • The decorative crystals aren’t very glamorous.
  • Metal Worx Magnetic Nipple Clamps are a bit fiddly and take two hands to put on so that the magnets don’t snap shut prematurely.
  • People who have less protruding nipples may have trouble wearing these clamps.
  • If a clamp slips off, it sharply pinches the tip of the nipple.
  • Temperature play isn’t highly effective because the clamps don’t hold the temperature.

Rating:  7.5/10

Fetish Fantasy Series Fantasy Web Bed Restraint System.


Sex Toy Reviews for Experimental Fuckers #1

Fetish Fantasy Series Fantasy Web Bed Restraint System

This review contains affiliate links.

The Fetish Fantasy Series Fantasy Web Bed Restraint System is a bondage toy that looks like a spider’s web and straps to any mattress. Adam & Eve sent me this toy during my time as a Brand Champion on Sex Forums in exchange for an honest review. Pipedream is the manufacturer. The packaging is tasteful and shows a couple using the toy in a variety of positions. Although there are models on the box, there is no nudity. However, the package isn’t discreet because it’s obvious what’s inside. Sealed in a plastic bag inside the box are the parts of this toy. Woven nylon straps, plastic adjusters, and four identical neoprene cuffs that secure both to the straps of the web and around the wrists and ankles using Velcro make up the toy. The securing straps are adjustable and fit any size bed. The straps fit our king-size mattress with room to spare, and we were able to tighten the plastic adjusters quite a bit. Position the cuffs anywhere on the web.

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     This toy is versatile in various sexual positions. My fiancé and I tried several positions with success. We tried standard missionary and doggy with me restrained the first time we used this toy, and the cuffs work for cowgirl with him restrained. The cuffs can partially restrain both partners at the same time. There’s plenty of novelty for both partners. The only disruption was that I kept slipping down when I was on all fours with him behind me. My knees inched apart, and my hips ended up low and almost on the bed, and we had to keep readjusting. There is enough room for movement, but the cuffs and Velcro are strong and definitely held me. Plus, the places where the web’s nylon straps meet are stopping points for the cuffs, which limits movement as well. I really need something to put under my belly, and I was thinking that I might buy a tan Liberator Wedge and Ramp. The Fetish Fantasy Series Fantasy Web Bed Restraint System comes with a mask to blindfold the restrained person. The mask is a cheap one that’s probably included with all Fetish Fantasy Series toys. It’s not comfortable to wear because it feels like plastic, and it’s slippery, so it doesn’t always stay put. Try using a tie or some other article of clothing to blindfold your partner if you intend to have enthusiastic sex.

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     Installing Pipedream‘s Fetish Fantasy Series Fantasy Web Bed Restraint System is easy and takes only a few minutes. I was able to do it by myself in order to take pictures. The straps are color-coded to make installation simple. The black straps rest on top of the mattress, and the red, adjustable straps fit underneath the corners of the mattress. Adjust the red straps to make the web tight.

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     The straps don’t tangle, and I even pulled out this toy and set up the straps without much issue after it had been underneath our mattress for quite a while. I did have to unwrap the straps a bit, but they weren’t knotted. The whole web fits underneath the mattress for storage between uses for quick access. My fiancé and I store the web under our mattress and keep the cuffs in a drawer with other sex toys. The neoprene cuffs feel relatively soft and comfortable around the wrists and ankles, and maybe I’m being too critical here, but the cuffs make my wrists and ankles sweat. The most common allergic reaction to neoprene is allergic contact dermatitis caused by an agent called diethylthiourea that makes neoprene rubber tough and pliable. Sweating might exacerbate any allergic reaction. Also, the nylon of the web wasn’t the most comfortable material to have underneath us. It’s woven, so it can feel rough or hard. However, I have very sensitive skin that reacts to basically anything and everything (or nothing), so cuff sweat and slightly rough woven nylon may not bother other people. I’m careful about the products I use from sex toys and lube to laundry detergent and shampoo. The Velcro makes the cuffs easy to remove quickly, which means that this toy is safe, even for beginners.

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     The Fetish Fantasy Series Fantasy Web Bed Restraint System is overall safe and non-threatening for people who are new to BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism) or who have never tried bondage before. This toy was our first bondage toy, and it’s certainly user-friendly.

     I doubt we could ever use this toy every time we have sex because we worked up a sweat and exhausted ourselves. The toy definitely requires some effort and is a toy that’s perfect for a high-energy couple. We use it every once in a while for a change of pace. Since I bought our first pair of nipple clamps, however, I’ve been fantasizing about being restrained and teased while wearing them. The Fetish Fantasy Series Fantasy Web Bed Restraint System is way too expensive at Adam & Eve. I wouldn’t have this toy if I hadn’t received it for free. The $79.95 price tag is ridiculous when SheVibe sells this toy for $29.99.

BDSM tip:

     For people who are new to bondage or any other BDSM activity, I recommend discussing a safe word ahead of time. Safety and trust are extremely important. The best safe words are words or phrases that aren’t typically said or heard during sexual activity; the goal is to communicate more clearly and minimize confusion. Do not use words like, “stop,” “don’t,” or “no,” as these can result in miscommunication. For example, I say those words when my fiancé is tickling me as I roll and squirm, but I may not actually want him to stop. Our safe word is “cuckoo clock” because it’s unusual and even silly, so there’s no mistaking the desire to stop, and it breaks the tension and allows us to emotionally step back from the situation. Use a safe word in uncomfortable situations or to stop the action; if a partner uses a safe word, stop immediately and refocus before deciding together whether or not to continue.

Pros:

  • No batteries are necessary, and there are no electronic pieces, which means that the Fetish Fantasy Series Fantasy Web Bed Restraint System is ready to install and use when it arrives.
  • It’s easy to install without tools.
  • The adjustable straps fit any size bed, so there’s no measuring.
  • The four neoprene cuffs use Velcro to secure them to the web, which makes them safe, even for beginners, because they are easy to remove quickly.
  • This toy is versatile in various sexual positions and provides novelty.
  • This toy is definitely worth a $30-40 price tag.
  • The toy comes with a mask.

Cons:

  • Adam & Eve’s price for this toy is ridiculous.
  • I don’t believe I can sanitize this toy’s materials.
  • The mask is cheap and uncomfortable and doesn’t stay in place.
  • The nylon feels rough on very sensitive skin, and the cuffs make wrists and ankles sweat.

Rating:  8/10

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