By Jason Robert Ballard
Initial Reaction: When I first opened the package, I felt that the texture is REALLY soft. Much softer than the cyberskin, flashlight feeling I was used to. There is a tiny hole in the base where you can, surprisingly stretch wide enough to put the egg shaped vibration tool into it. This comes with a volume control like intensity.
The tongue on the device is floppy so it bounces around if you make it and the lips are about equal size, so it does look like a mouth, but not a very believable mouth.
Partner Trial: In our defense, we had just received a box of samples and were in a funny mood when we were trying things. As a partner tool, we felt it was a little redundant. Using a mouth shaped toy in her hand wasn't as fun as just using her mouth, or hand.
Solo Trial: Was much much different. I'm the type of guy that can admit he likes the feeling of vibrations. It was easy for me to imagine that the Licker was another person and not a device. Even if I decided not to fantasize though, the vibrations made it through the toy at a decent intensity and the softness of the cyberskin was really nice in combination.
I'm keeping this toy as a personal option for myself, if that gives you any clue on how much I recommend this.
The Downsides: It only comes in vanilla and red… what?
Modification: Where the bullet vibrator goes, it would be really easy to insert a longer vibrating device so you could hold it and use a stroking/jacking off motion at the same time. This could help with gender affirmation, and aid to the visual affect of masturbation.
A few months back I received an email from a Mr Hayden Denton of TransCentralPA asking me if I had thought of coming to the Keystone Conference. I was familiar with TransCentral, as we've attended the TransCentralNY Empire Conference prior years. I told him it was something I would definitely be interested in, and it would help us branch out of NYS a little. Keystone, Denton and the beautiful Ms Kristy Snow were in constant contact with me from then on making sure we were signed up for everything we would want to do that weekend. That we would have a vendor table, and be listed on the packet and have ample advertising for the fact that we would be there.
The big weekend finally came and we made our way down Route 15 from Rochester, NY to Harrisburg, PA. We stayed at the Howard Johnson just about a half mile from the conference site. Next year we'll be sure to book rooms at the Sheraton, where the conference was located, because the venue and the rooms are really beautiful.
After unloading the personal things at the hotel we got a phone call from Hayden letting us know the bus to dinner tonight would be leaving at 5:30 but we were all meeting up around 5:15. We went to Devon Seafood and Grill right outside of the Hershey theme park, you could see the roller coasters as silhouettes as the sun was going down.
Every night after all of the events and dinners, we would all meet back up at the Dog and Pony lounge in the Sheraton. I met a transwoman there named Lorre and she was the sweetest. She told me that she was 65 years old and finally loving life. I could tell by the end of the first night that this would be a great experience.
The next day started bright and early. Because dinner was during the vendor set up we rolled in at 8:30 to set up our table. Our table quickly became known as the penis table, considering we were displaying our packers and prosthetics. We were also one of the first tables as you walked into the conference so the looks we were getting from people were priceless. When people stood by our table to talk to us, they made almost perfect eye contact with me as to not look down at them!
The main point of our trip to the conference was to promote it from a transman point of view and attract more guys. We, as I heard, were the first vendor table specifically for transgender men. So we made history right? You bet.
There were plenty of FTM conference sessions to choose from as well. There was a small number of us, so we traveled together in a group to all of these sessions and it was nice to get to know guys from all over the state. Kye Allums, first transman to compete on a D1 women's basketball team was one of the keynote speakers for a luncheon and was one of our group of guys throughout the first day. He presented on dysphoria and the dynamics of transgender athletes, which was well attended.
That night we all (who were 21+) went to the casino and sports bar and hung out in a more casual setting. There were buses to take us to each event each night which was another reason to make sure we got a hotel room at the Sheraton next year! (No driving after)
Friday was my event at last. I put on a session showcasing our packers and prosthetics in a show and tell, and feel free to touch event titled "we'll show you ours". All the guys showed up for this one as they were curious about what was available to them and what they felt like in person. I also had a few healthcare providers and therapist attend to gain information about these devices to pass on to their clients. I found that really inspiring for the future of healthcare and the future of their patients. At the Luncheon we heard from another amazing speaker named Jenny Finney Boylan, a big name in the transgender community so it was an honor to hear her talk she'd prepared.
I attended a session on facial masculinization and the doctor, from San Francisco said he would be honored to be listed as a resource on our webpage so his information is listed below.
Friday night the 8am mornings finally caught up to us and we hung out after the vendor room closed at our hotel. We ordered chinese food and watched SVU marathon, so I'm sorry to say there was nothing too interesting to report. The rest of the conference goers were bused out to dinner and a night on the town in Harrisburg.
Saturday was our last day there so that morning we packed up and checked out of our hotel room. Because there wasn't any school, and most people had off - Saturday was the busiest day when it came to attendance.
Again at the luncheon we heard from another amazing presenter named Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. NCTE has been doing wonderful work for equal rights surpassing marriage equality, and I have to admit I might have teared up during her talk.
Next year we'll know to book an extra day and stay for the Gala. The Gala is a huge event ending dinner and dance and is said to be the crown jewel of the conference, so we were disappointed we had to leave before then, but with a 4.5 hours drive, we just couldn't stay.
Over all I thought the conference was a success. I know we'll do everything we can to help it become more equal in numbers between transmen and transwomen, and we will definitely be attending again next year. For information on the event next year, visit keystone-conference.org
Douglas K. Ousterhout, M.D. D.D.S.
The Tenga Egg
by Jason Robert Ballard
Initial Reaction: When I found the Tenga Egg in my box of samples I was surprised it was so small. It looked like one of those eggs you get for easter that you pop open and are filled with candy.
After opening it and taking the actual device out, I realized it wasn't exactly what I had had in my mind about what this product would be. I think that if my expectations were different, I might have been more pleased with the device.
What it looks like, is a semi thick silicone egg shape. When flipped inside out, there are grooves in it. What I had expected, was a solid mass of jelly like rubber with different inserted grooves inside that whens stretched, moved and retracted. Does that make sense? This was easy to flip inside out and was so hallow that it really proves useless to the ftm penises.
I was disappointed, because the idea seemed so wonderful. I think there nee to be more pictures of the actual device on their site, because the odels they used lead me to believe it has more substance to it.
The Self Made Men has since taken it out of their Adult Store on the grounds that it's not worth the amount they'd have to sell it for to make any money.
In one word: Easy
The Mr Fenis is in simplest terms, a funnel shaped like a penis. I wonder if that's how it got it's name…
Material: It is squishy, and bendable. You can fold it in half and store it in a pocket if you had to.
Coloring: The coloring is a bit more plastic flesh than that of a a Mr limpy type packer. It's not a packer based STP though so that should be expected. There are no balls, just the shaft.
First Use: Thanks to the soft plastic, it fits your form quite well. The wider area is under your urethra so theres really no guess work here. it even extends back (like toward your butt) a bit so that you don't really ever feel as if you're going to leak or you're not covered. This was actually the easiest STP I've ever used.
Thanks to the fact that there isn't a tube through the shaft… And the entire penis is hallow (hence the squish and folding ability) there is never a back up flow problem either. When you REALLY have to pee, you won't have to worry about the tube and funnel not draining fast enough to keep up. On that same note, the stream comes out pretty straight and it would only take a little bend or squeeze to readjust this.
Second Use (with underwear): The best test is "Do I feel comfortable peeing through this with my clothes on" - or at least it is to me. No one wants to pee all over themselves in public. It was, again, really easy to line up and the shaft was long enough to extend out through my boxers and pants and still have room so I didn't get anything on me.
After peeing, the typical thing to do with any STP is to scrape (which sounds more harsh than it is, haha) the edge of the STP receptacle across yourself to wipe any remaining urine off of you. With the extended edge we talked about before this was able to be done in one clean motion.
Downside: The prominent downside is that it's a straight line of a penis, so you might want to lean forward, or bend it slightly to actually be aiming into the toilet rather than at the toilet seat.
This STP also would be a trick to get to fit into a harness of any kind to just wear all day. It's more of a device that could be stored in a packer pouch, or you're pocket maybe.
I'd recommend this STP for beginners and those that just want a quick, easy way to stand and pee and aren't too worried about using it as a packer.
By Marc S
When I first opened the box, I felt like a kid during the holidays. Opening up that gift you’ve been waiting to get, and finally it was here. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box of goodness was that smell of new silicone. For me it’s kind of like that ‘new car smell’ people enjoy, and I was ready to get in the driver seat of this fine item.
Let me just say that this dildo is really nice. Right away I noticed how natural it felt. (And yes I have felt the real thing) The outside of it is soft and has a great bounce back when I squeeze it. Squeezing it I could immediately feel the firm core that eased my worries that it wouldn’t stand its own. One of the things I like the best about this was that it isn’t super veiny. It has the natural ridges around it and a very well sculpted head. One of the things I hate the most about realistic dildos is when they are super veiny, and this had just the right amount for me. As far as skin tone, I got the Vanilla and its pretty spot on. No real complaints from me about it.
Now size, it is 7” X 1 ½”… it’s big! A little too big for my taste but I’m also only 5’2”. I honestly would like it if they were maybe 6”. I think that would be ideal for me. But hey, I think it’s awesome we can have any size dick we want! Cisguys don’t get to pick! It has a flared base so it’s compatible with harnesses.
Now, for how well it actually works. I used it with the RodeOH harness. First of all they recommend using dildos no larger than 6” with that harness. (I’ll review that harness next time.) The First Mate is a big dildo and thick, but it held it just fine. The dildo hung down a bit but still felt natural. After running around the house doing helicopters with my new toy, it was time to put it to use. And boy, it’s great! Even though it is a tad big for me, I still felt like this was a part of me and my bottom dysphoria was pretty non-existent. It does warm up to body temperature which makes things feel really natural. My wife said this was one of the best ones we’ve used. I didn’t have any problems no matter what the position was. Sometimes with other dildos after we’ve been going at it for a while, the material seems to bother her and we need to stop. That was not the case with The First Mate. The First Mate was good to ride the long high seas! The silicone is of very high quality and doesn’t bother the skin after long use. And that is something that is really important to us as couple because she has sensitive skin.
Cleaning couldn’t be simpler. It’s non-porous and very easy to clean. A quick cleaning in the sink, a quick pat with a clean towel, and its done. And because it’s a very high quality silicone, you can boil it and even pop it in the top rack of your dishwasher.
The big size is the only real “negative” thing about it…if you even want to call it that. So all in all, if you’re looking for an affordable, high quality, realistic dildo that satisfies, then The First Mate is for you… Sex Ahoy, Sailor!