The Aneros is not a new toy. The company has been around since 2003, originally created as just a way to achieve prostate massage since it’s supposed to be good for those with prostates. Naturally, when folks got a hold of the “medical device” and decided it just felt good, it started to be marketed that way. Because if you put something in your butt and you like it, you’re gonna keep putting it in your butt.
First, the good stuff. It’s covered in silicone, which is good! Non-porous materials are best. Though it doesn’t make much sense to cover already non-porous ABS plastic in another non-porous material, I’m not going to fault them for it. Especially considering what else is in their shop… but more on that later. This version is technically the second take on the original Eupho, which needed some tweaks. I can’t speak to that, but I do actually like the way this toy looks.
After reading The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure (courtesy of Red Emma’s), I wanted to do some experimenting on my partner. Since he was willing, I broke out this toy, some nitrile gloves, and lots of lube. Unfortunately, we were both a little underwhelmed.
That’s not to say that the toy isn’t well made, it is. But prostate play, much like g-spot play in those with vaginas, can be hit or miss. I have friends who can’t stand g-spot play, where I enjoy it very much. It just depends on the person.
What’s nice about the Eupho Syn is that it can be used hands-free. I have a particular affinity for hands-free orgasms, and although I knew that wouldn’t likely be in our repertoire, it was still a nice thought. Ultimately, my partner did enjoy fucking me while wearing it, but was overall pretty lukewarm about it.
If you’re interested in measurements, I’ve got you covered: from base to tip, it’s 4 inches. The tip is smaller than the widest part, at 0.75 inches, and the widest part at the middle is 0.93 inches. There is a pokey little bit that’s meant to stimulate the perineum, and the base of the toy to the perineum distance is 1.75 inches, if you happen to know the distance between your asshole and your perineum. I know Carrie has reviewed this toy and was similarly underwhelmed, but enjoyed the Helix Classic.
So, that’s the toy stuff. Now for the shop stuff.
ManShop is… nauseatingly gendered. Everything is for men! There are some things for women, like a specific lube section (since when does it matter what gender you are when it comes to choosing a lube?) and a section on dildos. Since apparently only cis women enjoy dildos.
I really don’t think it’s malicious. That might be wishful thinking, but I really don’t think they’re trying to be exclusionary. I think they’re trying to fit into a niche, sex toys for folks with penises, but it does leave out non-binary folks and trans women who haven’t opted for bottom surgery (yet or at all).
Another bummer about ManShop is the prevalence of jelly toys. Desensitizing creams. Lingerie that only goes to size large, or worse, only come in one size. Although they do have some good verbiage around why glycerine-free water-based lubes are best for vaginal sex and why toys are good for men and masturbation is healthy, they have some strange things that will let you fuck like a dragon, or ignore anatomy altogether. ManShop is a crapshoot, but if you’re willing to sift through highly gendered language and jelly toys, you will find some decent things like Aneros toys. The Eupho Syn just wasn’t a home run this time around.
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