So, this last couple of semesters + life = intense hiatus.

What propelled me back into the blogging? Sex toys.

One of the things I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about is how to facilitate masturbation for people with movement disorders. Actually, any type of adaptive stuff occupies my brain pretty much any time it is free from schoolwork, so I guess this topic is just the intersection between the two.

I feel like this is where (and probably the only spot) where vagina-owners have the competitive edge. There are all sorts of masturbation aids for vaginas. Vibrators, dildos, rabbits, glorified c-clamps with wired or wireless remotes. Many are turn on, get off–regardless of the users ability to navigate.

In the world of direct care/disability services, there is the weird boundary around sexuality, and because of this, masturbation is left in a weird limbo. If someone is of a high enough verbal/intellectual capacity to assert their right to masturbate, it is automatically assumed they know what to do and how. Experience has told me that this is not always the case, and I would bet the little money I have as a grad student that others’ experience would bear out that it is only occasionally the case that someone has a really good idea of how to masturbate in a safe and effective manner.

Here is where it gets sticky in my brain. What about people who have extremely sever limitations on their motor skills. There are plenty of conditions that affect movement (Spinal Cord Injury, Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, MS, MLS, and so on…) that don’t limit intellectual capacity–and short of hiring sex workers to fulfill the job, how do we help these people masturbate?

Specifically, how do we help those with penises masturbate?

And this is why I broke from lesson planning/paper writing/academic reading to blog.

Megan Andelloux (of the revolutionary Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Providence, RI) posted a link to the Hot Octopuss Pulse this morning.

The PULSE masturbation aide

Pulse looks to be a hands-free masturbation aide for penises. That can be used on a flaccid penis. It is a “set it and forget it” masturbator for penises. That will be coming in at an affordable price point.

Why am I so jacked up about this?

Because this is a way for people who have penises and limited motor control to get off without much more intrusion than one would get while being assisted to bathe or use the bathroom.

To rephrase for emphasis: People who could not jerk off before now have the option to do so. Mostly independently.


I have been trying to wrap my brain around this for months and this morning, while checking facebook trapped in bed by the cat, the clouds parted and there was the Pulse (via the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health) shining down to answer my prayers.

I can’t wait for these to hit the shelves so I can start offering them to the people who so often ask “how to…no ethical violations, please.”

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