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08 February, 2011

Review - Tristan Taormino's Expert Guide to Female Orgasms

Expert Guide to Female Orgasms is the latest woman-friendly offering from Tristan Taormino, feminist pornographer, and part of a sex ed. series from Vivid Ed.

The cover is very tasteful.  Truthfully, without Taormino's name on it, this probably would never have grabbed my interest, the cover may be a little too bland and clinical-looking.  What drew me to this product was the fact that all the actresses chose their own co-stars, that all the orgasms are real, and that toys are incorporated into the sex.  In general, I prefer indie and amateur porn because I've become bored with cliche-filled super-fake mainstream porn and I would rather see something more realistic.  However, some of you may love that Expert Guide to Female Orgasms includes a few names you may have heard before - Evan Stone, Madison Young, Sean Michaels, Katie St. Ives, Jiz Lee, and more.  There are several straight pairings and one lesbian pairing.

The film is about three hours long and starts off with very in-depth discussion from Taormino of the female body, kinds of orgasms, methods of obtaining an orgasm, etc, with porn clips to provide explicit examples of what she's talking about, as well as a lot of commentary from the ladies (and some from the guys).  One key tip - She makes a clear distinction that not all women can have a orgasm without help from a vibrator, and that the majority of women, in fact, cannot orgasm without intense clitoral stimulation.  This segment is about 30 min. long, and then it follows specific couples.

The Hitachi Magic Wand has a starring role in this vid.  Personally, I prefer the Wahl Coil, the Hitachi seems more "thuddy" and well, massaging, and the Wahl is much more concentrated, but I think I'm in the minority.  There are also several other sex toys featured.

The educational value of this is very good.  I would recommend this wholeheartedly for anyone wanting to have their first orgasm, have orgasms more easily, to understand their body better (or for men who don't know a lot about female anatomy and physiology), for women who worry that they aren't like other women.  You can also pick up some new techniques and get more insight on oral and anal sex.  Alas, to my disappointment, I did not get a lot of new knowledge.  But I would certainly gift this to someone new, or fairly new, to sex, or to someone older or sheltered, who received a very poor sex education.

On the porn side, they did a great job of capturing a lot of the "real sex" atmosphere, but with more candidness and well-practiced vibe that you usually see with non-professionals.  Each couple had a different "sex personality," and I'm sure most people could find a couple they could relate to.  It's interesting to see porn stars show a little more personality than they usually do.  There is a lot of kissing, and the occasional odd or quirky moment.  The orgasms are real, which means they aren't always "pretty".  There are definitely some really hot moments, but, in my opinion, the porn segment still often felt more like education than porn, which can be great, depending on what you're hoping to get out of this video.  I enjoyed Katie & Sean and Adrianna & James more, probably, and most disliked the Dylan & Marcus scene.

There are a number of bonus features, including but not limited to - a guide to Kegel exercises, a vibrator guide, behind the scenes feature and a masturbation montage.  These were short, but a really nice addition.

Final Rating:

Education:  4/5, very good but a bit shallow on specific techniques, could have used more closeups
Porntasticness:  3/5, objectively this fell a bit short on sexiness for me, didn't really feel very turned on by any of the actors, but on the other hand I was not repelled or bored
Truthiness:  4/5, there seemed to be a little playing up for the camera here and there, but overall it had a very genuine feel

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