Sex Questions from the Twittersphere – Egg Bullet Safety

Question:

Is it safe to insert egg bullets? i thought the cord was a possible safety hazard?

The cord is a safety hazard in two main ways: People assume they can use it to remove the vibe, then one day it breaks and leaves the vibe inside them; and the insertion point of the cord into the vibrator can’t be adequately cleaned. So, if you want to use an egg vibe internally, pop it into a condom, use the condom to pull the vibe out with when you’re done playing, and you’ve handled the hazards of using the toy that way. Other toys with non-electrical cords should be treated the same way, unless you’re sure the cord can be adequately cleaned (anal beads on a string can’t, SmartBalls on a string can because the string is dipped in silicone and isn’t permeable¦ until the silicone cracks, and then you have a cleaning problem again.)

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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 carolqueen.com.

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