I found out about them by accident when I was looking for a gag gift for a friend’s birthday. Yup, you heard me. A gag gift. Boy, was I surprised when I opened it up to check it out. It was a disguised male masturbator.
Anyway, I guess there are some pros to having one of these things. They’re discreet, for one. You don’t have to worry about people seeing a giant phallus in your nightstand drawer. I mean, it’s really the safest way to have solo time without anyone knowing. Plus you can have a lot of variety with the disguises – think baby bottles, flashlights, you name it. I guess if you’re on the go and need to have some privacy, you could always bring one of these things and nobody would be the wiser.
That being said, I don’t know if I’d personally recommend buying or using one of these things, even though they might certainly be convenient. Masturbation, while a hugely important part of sexual health, isn’t exactly something that needs a facelift. A lot of people already feel a shame or embarrassment around self-love and so having a “stealth” version doesn’t really help that. I worry that it could be detrimental, making people feel like sexual pleasure is something not to be proud of.
Plus, from what I’ve read, there are safety concerns around using these things too. A lot of the materials used to make them are questionable – not exactly body-safe. Most sites I’ve seen talk about only using them with a condom, so clearly manufacturers aren’t thinking first and foremost about people’s well-being. Not to mention, if you ever take it apart you can never really get it back together – especially if you don’t know what it is you’re working with.
All in all, I think if you want to try out a male masturbator disguised as something else, do your research beforehand. Make sure the materials are solid and it looks safe to use. And by all means, don’t let anyone shame you for wanting or needing something like this in your self-care practice.
Now, I don’t know about you, but my initial reaction when I first heard about this stuff was a mixture of confusion and curiosity. It’s not something you hear a lot in everyday conversation, so it was a bit of a shock. I mean, who came up with this?
Well, it turns out there’s actually a long history of using disguises to conceal sexual objects. Historians have found documents from ancient times describing objects of potential pleasure. In fact, the Kama Sutra, an ancient Hindu text, instructs readers to use a slender piece of wood to create a pleasure wand; a more modern-day version of the male masturbator disguised as something else.
Pendants and other jewelry sometimes contained passwords or secret codes that could indicate a desire for sexual interaction. Other objects were crafted to look like seemingly innocent objects, such as tobacco boxes, but contained hidden erogenous areas.
Actually, this tradition also lives on in present day in the form of adult game nights; recently the world of sex toys-tech has been exploding. With Bluetooth and haptic (tactile) technology you can now interact with your partner remotely using a variety of (disguised) sex toys.
I find this trend fascinating. It seems like the more taboo something is, the more creative people become with hiding it in plain sight. It’s almost like technology is erasing fear and shame by allowing us to embrace our desires in a safe, judgment-free way.
And with increasing acceptance of alternative forms of sexual exploration, disguised male masturbators seem to be making a comeback in the mainstream. It’s now even possible to purchase discreet products from places like Amazon, featuring unique shapes and designs for a variety of levels of pleasure.
One thing remains true though. If you’re someone who considers yourself an adventurous sexual being, it’s important to remember that there’s no need to hide. Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok to want a bit of privacy. But being more open with yourself – and with those closest to you – can be incredibly freeing.
Finally, it’s worth asking if a male masturbator disguised as something else is really necessary? If you’re not into the traditional way of solo self-pleasure, there’s an abundance of innovative products out there. With medical grade silicone, rechargeable features, and a variety of other features on the market, there are all sorts of ways to explore intimacy.
So, who knows? Maybe it’s worth considering venturing past whatever you already know to see what else is out there