Apart from the brief shoutout to Matinee I posted on my Tumblr months ago, I have yet to review an adult video. Not because I have anything against porn, but mostly because I’m seriously picky about what I watch, and I don’t like the vast majority of the mainstream stuff.
In addition to the titillation factor, I often use porn as a source of inspiration and to learn something new, so I need to be convinced that all partners are genuinely enjoying themselves, not just cycling through requisite positions to fill the scene.
Thankfully, Vivid Ed has a DVD series of “Expert Guides” that covers a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, fellatio, threesomes, anal sex, and female orgasms. These titles are highly informative, women-friendly, and sex positive, and Babeland was nice enough to send me a copy of Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Female Orgasms to review.
Directed and presented by Tristan Taormino, this DVD also stars Jiz Lee, Adrianna Nicole, Dylan Ryan, Evanni Solei, Katie St. Ives, Madison Young, James Deen, Mr. Marcus, Sean Michaels, and Evan Stone. If you don’t watch much porn, those names most likely won’t mean anything to you, but they’re top performers who are well paired, so the scenes are super hot.
The DVD begins with a thorough discussion of female pleasure by Tristan Taormino, in which she describes the different phases of arousal and the many ways those stages can vary depending on the woman. She also covers oral sex, manual stimulation, the use of sex toys, how to stimulate the G-spot, and anal sex.
The adult performers intermittently chime in to share their experiences, and visual aids including helpful diagrams of female anatomy and an oversized vagina puppet are also incorporated into the presentation. But the first thing I noticed was the excellent selection of sex toys on the table in front of Tristan as she’s talking, and I couldn’t help trying to identify as many of them as possible.
After Taormino’s presentation there are five scenes, each one featuring a different couple, and in every scene the focus is on the woman’s pleasure. Before the start of each scene are introductory interviews with the performers, wherein they talk about their masturbation habits, porn preferences, the different types of orgasms they experience, what sort of stimulation they like, their favorite sex toys, and the easiest way to make them orgasm.
Once the scenes start there’s no background music, so we get to hear the performers’ voices, moans, and other sounds, except for when the Hitachi Magic Wand’s noise drowns it all out. (Somebody is working on developing a muffler for that thing, right?)
Rather than just show close-up shots of two different sets of genitalia banging against each other, the camera is often focused on the woman’s face, catching her reactions to whatever her partner is doing to her. Don’t worry though, there are enough close-ups and wide-angle shots so you don’t feel like you’re missing anything.
I love that each scene shows the couples actively communicating and incorporates the use of sex toys. I’m very impressed with the production quality and the performers, as it’s obvious that the couples really enjoy working with each other. I also love the fact that the women have very natural bodies, and a few even have pubic hair. So it does still exist!
Rather than just give us behind-the-scenes footage, the DVD bonus features also include a tutorial on how to do Kegel exercises, a masturbation montage, safer sex information, and a vibrator guide, so Tristan Taormino’s Expert Guide to Female Orgasms is very comprehensive.
But the bottom line here is that every woman achieves orgasms differently, and there’s no right or wrong way to climax. In addition to understanding basic female anatomy and how it works, women need to masturbate and learn their own personal stimulation preferences so they can effectively guide their partners.