Sexual orientation flag?

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Sexual orientation flag?

Jackrabbit Jackrabbit
Perhaps EF would consider making a sexual orientation flag for reviews? Just a little icon that shows either the sex of the reviewer (without having to click on the profile) or the sexual orientation? There's a space for it to the right of the user's name under the Reviews tab of every product page. It could me a male icon for male, female for female, and both for a couple. It would be a quick way to tell whether the product was reviewed anally, vaginally, etc.

It would be really useful for something like g-spot massagers that can also be used to reach the prostate, or vice versa - or simply for vibrators and how they feel for men anally versus a woman's review of the same product.

Alternately, if you want to take it a step further, you can add the sex icon of the reviewer, then to the right of THAT, a single letter, A, V, B - and when the user hovers over it, its alt text is "This was reviewed vaginally/anally/both" or something.. a little more eloquent than that. Just off the top of my head.

Another wish I have (but I highly doubt it'd come true) is to see products that have already been verified/reviewed and are no longer up for shipping to contributors re-opened for those who wish to review it a "different" way: using a different orifice! Sticking it somewhere else may produce different sensations, etc.

These are just my two cents from someone who swings both ways and enjoys both kinds of toys.
04/14/2009
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Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by Jackrabbit
Perhaps EF would consider making a sexual orientation flag for reviews? Just a little icon that shows either the sex of the reviewer (without having to click on the profile) or the sexual orientation? There's a space for it to the right of the ...
You can always message admin if you want to review something that's already been done. Usually, with a good enough reason, they're pretty accommodating. (Unless it has 72.8 reviews, of course. lol)
04/14/2009
Avery Dragon Avery Dragon
If just looking at a glance, rather than having to go to the persons page to find out their gender, it would seem a good idea to see their gender/orientation. As to it showing how it was used would also be pretty awesome. and it would give me ideas to try new things and give different perspectives on items.

i would think that powers that be might consider reopening some items, at least the ones that received a low review. that way it would have another chance to get better reviews, which would possibly increase the sales of said item, or give EF incentive to stop carrying the product all together.
04/14/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
I don't think including sexual orientation is a good idea. I would argue that sexuality is fluid and should not be represented by mere binaries.

Furthermore, the best reviewers on this site note when they use something vaginally vs. anally, or any other "-ly." Adding tags would only clutter the review. And if the reviewer does not review, say, a large dildo anally until they are much more comfortable with thick dildos in their arse, they can always put this new experience in the follow-up review.
04/14/2009
That Weird Guy That Weird Guy
I would think if they add some of these it should be 100% optional to add to the review and not a requirement for sign up or for writing the review.

But, I agree a good reviewer would include how they used it.

Maybe a little check box list shown off to the side of the review.
04/14/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
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Originally posted by Avery Dragon
If just looking at a glance, rather than having to go to the persons page to find out their gender, it would seem a good idea to see their gender/orientation. As to it showing how it was used would also be pretty awesome. and it would give me ideas ...
When you request something that has already had it's maximum reviews you get a little message asking you to explain why you could do it differently/what you could add that the previous reviewer(s) didn't.

Nothing on the site is necessarily "closed" to reviews. You just need to give a compelling reason. Victoria/In the Pink is quite accommodating if it's reasonable to send the toy to yet another person.
04/14/2009
Viv Viv
I have to agree with Backseat on this one. for those of us who don't follow a binary gender construct, asking us to pick one for the review is rather complicated. I've found that even reviews from gender neutral reviewers still make sense as it's apparent how they are using the toy in the text. I'd much rather check their profiles to double check in their own words how they identify.

But i do understand where you are coming from with this idea. I just think that on a site about open and supportive sexuality, this is one place where freedom of gender expression should be fostered.
04/14/2009
Jackrabbit Jackrabbit
I didn't really consider it from a politically correct kind of view. Honestly, I thought of it from a sales point of view. We write long reviews for those who need them, but a good majority don't even click on the expanded review. They'll click on the review tab, read the summary, see the star amount we gave the toy, and either pursue it further (clicking on the expanded review) or move on to another toy.

The way it's reviewed (anal, vaginal) does make a difference. I personally don't have a vagina (last I checked) so toys that ARE gender-neutral may not work as well for a man using it anally, and the review may not indicate this. Yes, there are some reviewers that say how they used it, but there are some that simply assume. Are there better toys out there for that, specifically tailored to a man or a woman? Probably. But that's really what I'm getting at. These toys are about curiosity and pleasure, and sometimes toys geared towards women have better features than those specifically listed for male/anal use.

For example, a lot of the squirming, rotating, etc. toys are only on the Jackrabbit style of vibrator. What if a man wanted to experience that? No, he probably wouldn't get as much out of the clitoral stimulator attachment, but it's still going to be different than if a woman reviewed it.

I don't assume to know all of your reasons for doing reviews here, but mine's mainly to help EF sell toys. And I don't mean to sound pompous, really! They're being decent enough to send me toys to play with for a while and write a couple of words describing my experience: good or bad, so I want to help them out any way that I can, and I think that this might do it.

Backseat: I'm not asking for a large to-do about cluttering up the site, a 5x5px icon by a name wouldn't be any more out of place than anything else in the Review summary tab.
04/15/2009
Baby Sinead Baby Sinead
This would create a lot of confusion for those who don't consider themselves man or women in the conventional sense.
That 5x5 icon would hurt the sex positivity we have going on!
05/03/2009
Boxers Over Briefs Boxers Over Briefs
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Originally posted by Jackrabbit
I didn't really consider it from a politically correct kind of view. Honestly, I thought of it from a sales point of view. We write long reviews for those who need them, but a good majority don't even click on the expanded review. They'll ...
I think what makes EF good is that people aren't trying to sell toys for the site, they're trying to give honest reviews and help the other people who use these toys make an informed purchase. I wouldn't have it any other way.

And I agree with Backseat regarding fluidity. The fact that gender and orientation can be entered in a text field, rather than a drop down menu or a spectrum, provides a good deal of delightful sexual individuality to the contributors.
05/08/2009
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