Reviewer Greta Christina has worked in and around the sex industry for over a decade writing about it, editing books about it, and living it. She edited Paying For It, a collection of articles by all kinds of sex workers: dommes, escorts, peep show girls, T-girls. Her novella called Bending is out in Susie Bright's book Three Kinds of Asking For It (published by Simon & Schuster and easily found on amazon.com). So, in response to overwhelming member requests for reviews of sex toys, sexy films, and other sex whatnots, Ms. Christina brings her girl-about-sex wisdom twice monthly to Adult FriendFinder. You can check out Ms. Christina on her web site, www.GretaChristina.com.
Rubber Penis Gag w/Airway
A.k.a. Inflatable Rubber Gag with Breathing Tube
Extreme Restraints, http://www.extremerestraints.com
Here's the deal. I like this toy. I like this toy a lot, and I'm very excited about it. But I like it for somewhat odd, rather personal and not particularly sexy reasons, reasons that may not be exactly what the manufacturer had in mind.
I like this sex toy because I have chronic allergies. No, really. My nose is at least a little stuffed up almost all the time, and it can get completely blocked at the drop of a hat. (Sorry if that's not the sexiest image in the world -- I just can't find a way to eroticize nasalcongestion.) Anyway: I've always liked the idea of playing with gags, but since breathing through my nose is a chancy proposition at best, good ones that really seal off my mouth have always been off-limits. This toy, the Rubber Penis Gag w/Airway (a.k.a. the Inflatable Rubber Gag with Breathing Tube) solves that problem almost completely. It's the first gag I've ever tried that makes me feel both silenced and safe.
Here's a bit more info. The Rubber Penis Gag w/Airway from Extreme Restraints is a serious, quite functional gag, with a number of features that make it interesting. There's a fairly wide pad that goes over the front of the mouth, as well as the gag that goes inside, so it silences the submissive in two ways at once -- it's like being muffled with a ball gag and having a hand clamped over your mouth, both at the same time. The gag is inflatable as well, with a simple hand pump attached, so it's easy to adjust exactly how filled up you want your submissive's mouth to be.
And except for a couple of metal fittings, it's made entirely of black latex. This isn't just a sexy treat for all you latex fetishists out there (although it certainly is that). Because the straps are stretchy, it fits firmly and snugly in your mouth -- *and* it's easy to take off quickly in an emergency. Plus, of course, latex is a relative breeze to clean. (Speaking of which: You'll want to give the toy a good rinsing before you use it. I made the mistake of trying it out just for a moment right out of the package, and got a nasty mouthful of latex dust for my trouble.)
Like I said, the part that interests me most is the breathing tube. The gag itself, the part that gets inserted into your mouth, has a firm hollow tube going right through the center, with an extension that goes out about nine inches in front of your face. In addition to looking scary and cool and science-fictiony, the upshot of this is that you can easily breathe through the gag, even though your mouth is otherwise completely sealed off. And for me, this upshot means that I can use the gag -- or have it used on me -- without fearing for my life.
However, it's hard for me to imagine that this toy was designed for gag fans with chronic nasal congestion. That's just too specific a market. So let's talk about some of the toy's other features that make it special.
The breathing tube makes this a grand toy for breath play. If you want to control someone's breath for a moment, all you have to do is pinch off their nose and then pinch off the tube -- and of course, all you have to do to give them their breath back is let the tube go. I'm not into breath play myself, but if you are, this would be a fun and easy way to do it, giving the top a lot of control without a lot of physical effort.
And according to Extreme Restraints, you can also pass fluids (cum, I'm
assuming) through the breathing tube to force them into the bottom's mouth. That seems sort of fiddly to me (you'd have to get a funnel or something in there), and I personally don't think it'd be tremendously safe, either. When you've already got restricted breathing *and* a foreign object bound into the mouth, adding liquids and forced swallowing to the equation just seems like a trip to the emergency room waiting to happen.
What really surprised me was how cool the inflatable gag was. I tried this toy by myself, and when I first slipped the gag into my mouth and buckled it behind my neck, I was already getting into it a fair amount. But when I started pumping up the gag, when I felt the latex expanding and filling up my mouth, it was like a light switch had flipped on. This toy is much more overwhelming with the gag pumped up. Even though it was only me there playing with myself, I felt invaded, helpless, both controlled and out of control. I even got a little scared, in a delicious way, right on the border between excitement and panic. I was intensely aware of my mouth: as an erogenous zone, as a hole that could be filled up and used, as a place where my body could be controlled. And I felt an urgent desire to get myself off. With the gag un-pumped, I was fairly turned on, idly playing with my nipples and indulging in a few fantasies. But with the gag pumped up, I was racing to the bedroom, frantically stripping off my clothes, scrambling to my hands and knees, and shoving the fiercest little vibrator I could find between my legs. And even now, just thinking about how it felt and writing about it, is making me squirm and pinch my nipples and think longingly about doing it all over again.
Now let's get to the downsides -- although for this toy, they're not so much downsides as they are limitations.
The most serious problem is how flexible the breathing tube is and how easy it is to close off. Yes, I know, just a few moments ago I said this was a positive design feature. And it's true, it takes just a pinch to close the tube off. But it therefore takes just an accidental kink of the tube to close it off as well. And of course, because the gag seals off the mouth so efficiently, the bottom can't holler for help. I don't think this means the toy should be off-limits. I just think you need to take some very specific precautions. Be absolutely sure you have a safe signal as well as a safe word, a physical gesture the bottom can make to let you know they're in trouble. And you might want to avoid certain positions that are more likely to kink the tube. As lovely as it is to have a gagged submissive on their knees with their face on the floor (or on the bed, or wherever), the "face on the floor" bit could easily close off the tube, with the top not even aware of it and the bottom not able to let them know. You should either avoid positions like that altogether, or else be extra sure that you have a safe signal, and that the bottom can use it no matter what position they're in. (Another option is to keep the bottom's hands free, so they can pull the gag off themselves if they have to. Because the straps are so stretchy, this is very easy to do.)
You should also be aware that, while you can breathe through the breathing tube, that breathing is definitely somewhat restricted. A half-inch-wide rubber tube does give you air, but it doesn't give you much: after a while with this thing, I was definitely starting to hyperventilate a bit. This may not be an issue for people who can breathe through their nose -- but my fellow allergy sufferers may not be able to keep this gag in indefinitely.
Also, the fact that the gag has an airway also means that it doesn't completely seal off sound. You can't talk with the gag in, but moans and shrieks can be heard, although they'll definitely be muffled. This might actually be a plus for you -- I personally find muffled screams hotter than silence, they seem so much more helpless somehow -- but if you're looking for a total silencer, this isn't it.
And as much as I like the inflatable feature of this gag, it's something you really want to be careful with. Pumping the gag until my mouth was nearly filled was incredible; it made me feel like a helpless, voiceless, easily manipulated pleasure-toy. But it also made me feel perilously close to gagging or choking. If you're an experienced deep-throater and your gag reflex is a thing of the past, this probably won't be a problem for you. But if you're not, you should be even more sure to have your hands free and/or your safe signal at the ready. (You can sort of push the gag away from your mouth with your tongue a little bit if you have to, what with the stretchy straps that hold it in; but that isn't something you want to count on if you're choking or panicking.)
Oh, and as far as it being a rubber penis gag: Yes, I suppose the gag is shaped somewhat like a cockhead. Sort of, if you look real hard and then squint. But "Rubber Penis Gag" is a bit of a misnomer; if a phallic shape is essential to your gagging experience, this toy may be a disappointment.
All that being said, this is a terrific toy. It's simple, comfortable, easy to use... and wickedly intense, with some very nasty and marvelously fucked-up possibilities. With a few basic safety precautions, fans of latex, breath play, or just cool and unusual gags should have a grand old time with it. And for the vast and booming population of perverts with nasal allergies, the thing is a godsend.
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