Questions from the Twittersphere RSI & Sex Toys


Has anyone yet developed sex toys for people with RSI? I keep wondering if that market is being tapped at all…

To my knowledge no one has made toys specifically for people dealing with repetitive stress injuries, though many people might find that valuable. Holding a vibrator can be challenging for someone with RSI, and the motion involved in using a dildo can be painful.

The Cone at Good VibrationsLying on your vibe, keeping it stationary with a pillow, is an option for people who can’t hold on for long. A new vibrator called The Cone might be ideal for folks who want something that will stay stationary in this way. And if the irritant involves grasping a narrow vibrator, as many battery vibes are, you can embed the toy in a foam rubber ball and have something larger to grasp. Some vibrating rings are stretchy enough that they’ll fit over several fingers and rest in the palm of the hand, relieving you of the need to grasp, and some vibes, like the Fukuoku, fit on a fingertip. Of course, the vibration difference between a Hitachi lying on a pillow and a little fingertip vibe is pretty large, so choose according to your vibration preference as well as your mobility requirements.

Dildos might be easier to use when equipped with a handle, like the Feeldoe or the Share; or when long and curved enough to reach easily, like the Pure Wand or the Double Dipper. And there are dildos with suction cups attached, like the El Rey and El Grande, that can be used virtually hands-free. Taking a harness, especially a thigh harness, and wrapping it around an appropriately-sized pillow is another way to make your penetration toy stay put while you have your way with it. (I’ve seen a large teddy bear get involved in a scenario like this¦ now I’m going to get the Plushies all excited, though, maybe¦?)

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Related: Shopping Guide for People with Disabilities

Dr. Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old in 2012, since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Good Vibrations Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing. She also curates the company's Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. She blogs at the Good Vibes Magazine and at SFGate's City Brights bloggers page and contributes to the Boston Dig. For more about her at

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