12/29/19 update: I know I said “Winners announced by December 27,” but I need another few days to match winners with prizes and compile the best stories. Stay tuned!

12/19/19 update: I’m getting so many entries today – the original deadline – that I’m extending the deadline until 12/21! Keep ’em coming!

The entries are rolling in for my #SexToySightings contest, and I can’t resist sharing a few of the photos before the contest closes so that you feel inspired to send in yours! Sex toys have been visited beaches, police stations, libraries, antique stores, gyms, cemeteries, grocery stores, downtowns, even Rockefeller Center. People have submitted from one to a dozen photos each — no limit to how many you can enter.

 

 

Even jessica drake got into the #SexToySightings action during her trip to New York City:

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the photographers had great stories — we give prizes for great stories, too! — but I’ll save those until we announce the winners.

I hope you feel inspired to take your own sex toy out in public for a photo session. Contest rules and submission procedure here — please follow these exactly.

We have lots of great prizes donated by Hot Octopuss, We-Vibe, Good Vibrations, Smitten Kitten, Fun Factory, Wicked Sensual, Lucky Bloke, and me. I look forward to hearing from you by 12/21/19!

I wrote the blog post below on December 10, 2010. I’m revising and reposting it on Dec. 8, 2019, as I near the 19-year anniversary of my first meeting with Robert. I find myself sad and contemplative — but also grateful that I had the honor of loving Robert and being loved by him. So much has changed in my life in the past 19 years that never would have happened if Robert hadn’t been looking for a new place to dance and found my line dance class. Ageless fitness works for everyone!

 

December 10, 2000  turned out to change my life in every way: my emotions, my personal growth, my sexuality, my view of aging, even my career. That was the evening that Robert’s life journey landed him in my line dance class. He had recently moved to Santa Rosa and was looking for a place to dance.

 

Here’s how I tell it in Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty (the book that never would have been written without that eventful evening):

Better than I ever Expected

Love Dances In

 

The day that Robert Rice walked into my line dance class, my hormones thought they were twenty years old again. His smile, fit body, and grace of movement caught my eye immediately.

 

Then, when he started to dance, his years of tap, modern dance, and ballet training were revealed in every movement, and I was lost at sea. His nimble feet, muscled thighs, and sensually mobile hips commanded my attention. I wanted to touch the inviting curl of chest hair that peeked through the open top buttons of his shirt. I met his dazzling blue eyes and pretended to breathe. For the rest of the evening, I kept losing my place in the dance I was teaching because I couldn’t take my eyes off him.

 

Robert kept coming to class and danced into my heart. I tried to engage him in conversation after class occasionally, and he responded almost warily, answering me but not giving me any signals that my attentions were welcomed or reciprocated. I wondered:  Is he gay? Attached? Or simply not interested in me?

 

ageless fitness expert, Joan PriceI started inviting him for walks after class, which he accepted. We talked, but never very personally. I told him about the Internet health book I was writing, and he told me about his art and the English gardens of his travels. There was no touching, no eyes locking, no double entendres, no intimate details revealed.
We choreographed a line dance together, which felt extraordinarily intimate to me. We were using our bodies to communicate and showing each other movements, which was very sexy. But the harder I tried to push to the next stage, the faster he retreated.
Then what? I am tempted to tell our whole story here, but I’d rather you enjoyed it yourself in Better Than I Ever Expected.

 

December 8, 2019 update:

Now, 19 years and a lifetime later, Robert has been gone since August 2008, his life ended by cancer. He is still strongly present — my house filled with his paintings, my mind filled with memories, my heart filled with love.  I am forever grateful that Robert chose December 11, 2000, to wander into my dance class and that he found something there that kept him coming back.
For any of my readers who have also lost a beloved partner, I hope you’ll read Sex After Grief, my most recent book and the book I wished for during my own grief journey.

Oh, oh, oh, the We-Vibe Melt! This “Pleasure Air stimulator” surrounds the clitoris with vibrating pulses of air that feel to me like gentle, rhythmic sucking — the best kind of gentle, rhythmic sucking: the fast-to-orgasm kind of gentle, rhythmic sucking.

But when I say “gentle,” I don’t mean mild or wimpy. The 12 — count ’em, 12! — intensity levels are powerful enough for those of us with aging bodies that require extra sensation.

I’ve enjoyed other Womanizer “air pulse” vibrators immensely (read my reviews here), and those came with two removable heads for optimal fit and easy cleaning. The We-Vibe Melt is all one piece. Can one size fit all?

I don’t know the answer to that — but yes, it worked for me, and I’ve read only positive reviews from others. Positioning it took a bit of effort the first time, and when it slid off-course, the vibrating lube noise made me laugh. Once I got it situated correctly and knew how much pressure to apply to keep it from sliding, it was pure pleasure.

The Melt’s shape is ergonomic. It’s smooth and easy to hold without crooking an arthritic wrist. It’s slim enough to use between two bodies during partnered sex, and delightful to use solo.

The controls are clear and easy to feel and see without any need for reading glasses. Turn it on and increase intensity with the “+” button; turn it down and off with the “-” button. Charge it easily via a magnetized USB connector.

Although I didn’t test this, preferring to control my own vibrator, the Melt also has the “We-Connect” app that lets a partner control the intensity and patterns from a Bluetooth-paired smart phone.

At age 76 now, I’ve been around the block. This pleasure tool takes me around the world. How lucky that we’re getting old during a time of high-tech vibrators like the We-Vibe Melt!

 

 

Thank you, We-Vibe, for sending me the Melt in return for an honest review.

 

Photograph a favorite sex toy in a public place where you have no expectation of privacy — and win a prize!

 

Fun Factory Manta among the flowers at Trader Joe’s

12/29/19 update: I know I said “Winners announced by December 27,” but I need another few days to match winners with prizes and compile the best stories. Stay tuned!

Photograph your vibrator in a public place where sex toys ordinarily do not belong — e.g. grocery store, coffee shop, park, public building, on a public street, at a public event – the possibilities are endless.  Bonus points for library, museum, or police station!

The best, strangest, and funniest photos in several categories will win prizes, which include sex toys, lubricant, condoms, Joan’s books and webinars.

Just do what you do anyway: take photos with your phone. But this time, carry a favorite sex toy and pose it in surprising surroundings.

 

Rules, yes, we have rules:

Atom Plus from Hot Octopuss does its banking

  • The location must be public with no expectation of privacy.
  • No human faces visible. (Animal faces and art renditions of faces are OK.)
  • Submit your photo(s) by December 21, 2019
  • Follow all instructions under “How to submit: follow ALL instructions” below.

 

Prizes! We’ll award prizes in several different categories, such as:

  • Riskiest photo
  • Strangest place to see a sex toy
  • Most unusual positioning of sex toy in its surroundings
  • Biggest sex toy photographed (Sybian, anyone?)
  • Best sex toy costume
  • Best story of what happened when the photo was taken
  • Photo that made the judges laugh the hardest

More categories may be added after we see what you submit. Your photo might be so unusual that we make up a new category so that you win.

 

No fires, dogs, fishing, but Fun Factory’s Cobra Libre permitted

Most important:

Be original, take risks, and make it clear that a sex toy is being photographed where it doesn’t belong.

The prizes will be donated by some of our favorite sex toy companies and retailers, such as

Winners will receive prizes donated by sex-positive companies, such as sex toys from Hot Octopuss, We-Vibe, Good Vibrations, Smitten Kitten, and Fun Factory; luxury lubricants from Wicked Sensual; sex-themed gifts from Lucky Bloke; and my own books and webinars.

 

How to submit: follow ALL instructions:

You may enter as many times as you wish. For each submission, email this info:

  • Title the photo with the sex toy name, place, and your name, e.g. “Atom Plus at Exchange Bank_Shamus MacDuff.”
  • Email the photo as a .jpg attachment to Joan with the subject header, “Sex Toy Sightings.”
  • Describe in your email what happened when you took this photo, including any conversation with a stranger.
  • Include your name, email, mailing address, and phone number, so that we can contact you if you win. Include your age (you don’t have to be a senior).
  • Specify if we may publish your full name with your photo, or first name only, or give yourself a code name.
  • Include this statement: “I give Joan Price permission to publish my Sex Toy Sightings photo on her blog, https://joanprice.com/blog, and on other social media.”
  • Optional: is there a sex toy on your wish list that you hope you’ll win?

Take a risk! That’s the fun part.

What’s the worst that can happen? You might be asked one of these questions?

  • “What are you doing?” (Answer: “Photo shoot.”)
  • “What’s that thing?” (Answer: name and describe the sex toy.)

Deadline: December 21, 2019. Winners announced by December 27, 2019.

Note: Photos may be published on social media ahead of deadline to motivate others to participate.

 

Tryst from Good Vibrations startles a fisherman at a Bodega Bay restaurant

Thank you, Shamus MacDuff, for your sample photos. I hope you and your sex toys had a great time!

12/16/19 update: See some of the entries so far here — are you inspired to enter?

12/19/19: I’m getting so many entries today (the deadline I originally announced) that I’m extending the deadline until 12/21! Keep ’em coming!