Why No Fisting?

I’m going to define fisting (as best as I can) for those of you who have yet to hear about this awesome act.

Fisting is a sexual act which involves inserting the hand and forearm into either the vagina or anus (or both!).  Ordinarily, fisting involves all five fingers kept straight and held together (not clenched), inserted into a well lubricated orafice. Once inserted, the fingers can either be clenched into a fist or kept straight, depending on preference. More experienced fisters can penetrate with fully clenched fists and certain skilled fistees can take two fists in either the vagina or anus (or one in each at the same time). For most, the pleasure principle is more in the stretching of either the vagina or the anus, rather than the thrusting.

ANYWAYS, I usually get a few phone calls a month from customers requesting films with fisting and I always have to be the bearer of bad news: we don’t carry any films that feature real fisting. None. Zero. Zip.

Sad but true.

It’s not that GV has anything against fisting “ in fact, more than a few staffers I know are big advocates. It’s not us, it’s the government. And Seymore Butts.

Here’s the story: A long, long time ago, circa 1999 Seymore Butts made a film called “Tampa Tushy-Fest Part 1. What would otherwise be another in a long line of standard pornography featured a special scene in which two women fist each other, quite enthusiastically I might add. The gist of the scene is that Alisha Klass and Chloe, both famous for their anal endeavors, fist each other both anally and vaginally in a Florida hotel room to orgasmic bliss.

Contrary to the intent of the film, the state of California was not pleased. They charged Seymore, a.k.a. Adam Glasser with “production, distribution or exhibition of obscene matter and “advertising, promoting matter represented to be obscene.

Butts didn’t lose the case, per se. He copped a plea and paid a $1,000.00 fine for “creating a public nuisance in exchange for the state dropping all the other charges.

The problem is Seymore didn’t win the case either. Had Seymore fought, and had the state of California realized that consensual fisting isn’t obscene, we’d have films for your viewing pleasure. But he didn’t fight, and they still think it’s wrong and here we are.

It’s not illegal to produce fisting films nor is illegal to distribute it. Fisting isn’t really on the books but obscenity is. And the state’s idea of obscene differs from porn fans and fisting fanatics. Essentially, until a producer decides that they’re willing to fight the state for the rights to produce and distribute fisting films, the states possible threat of legal action keeps production at bay.

Interestingly enough, photos of fisting are still acceptable and available. Something about live action makes people nervous, I guess.

There are some films that feature as close to fisting as you can get (everything but the thumb) that you can enjoy or you can embark on making your own home movies¦

Quick tips on fisting:

Use Lube. Though I personally am a bigger fan of the water-based lubes, I would actually recommend a silicone lube for fisting. It doesn’t get absorbed into the body and stays slick MUCH longer. You can actually blend a silicone lube and thicker water-based lube to make a thick long-lasting concoction.

Use Gloves. Safe sex. I know I harp on about it sometimes but just make your life a little easier, besides the smoothness of the gloves actually makes fisting a little bit easier. And you don’t have to worry about fingernails.

Lower your expectations. Weird but true. Not everyone can get fisted on their first try. Besides, part of the fun of fisting is trying.

COMMUNICATE with your partner. No one can read your mind “ if you don’t feel comfortable with anything or are feeling any type of physical discomfort, vocalize it.

Be relaxed, in a position that’s most comfortable (there really isn’t a ˜correct’ position for this, so prop yourself up however you like).

NO NUMBING CREAMS. EVER. It’s a terrible idea and you could do a lot of damage to your body. Pain is how your body lets you know something is not right. Don’t do it. Please. Seriously, this stuff scares me beyond all reason.

If you want some resources check out the  Whole Lesbian Sex Book or A Hand in the Bush: The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting.

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