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Product Review – The Wondrous Vulva Puppet

June 23, 2008

The Wondrous Vulva Puppet - Original Size

The Wondrous Vulva Puppet (original size). Of course I own one, what did you expect? I have a mini one, too.

photo: vendor House O’ Chicks

Item: The Wondrous Vulva Puppet

Price: about $125 for the original, about $35 for the mini

Purchased at: House O’ Chicks (original), A Woman’s Touch-Milwaukee (mini)

Perhaps you’ve seen them on YouTube, or the Tyra Banks Show. Maybe you laughed about it or maybe you wanted one. I did both, so I went ahead and ordered one some months ago. It was a purchase that made sense, since I am a sexuality educator that works primarily with women and their partners. It was also a purchase that made me smile. Who wouldn’t crack a grin sliding their hand into a soft velvet and satin piece of art, individually crafted by fairly paid Peruvian families (who don’t fear vulvas like we do here), that just so happens to resemble a colorful version of pregnant women’s bits?

My vulva puppet had a difficult trip here from California. You should know that I had to call the post office several times, and eventually visit the postmaster in person to complain that my vagina was lost in the mail without any delivery attempts. That’s how much I wanted Venus once I committed to ordering her! When she arrived, she was worth the wait, and House O’ Chicks even tossed in a great educational DVD due to the confusion (which was not their fault). I fall somewhere between the vulva-worshipping type folks over in California and the folks who decline to touch a Wondrous Vulva Puppet when it is passed around the circle. I would say I’m 2/3 of the way toward the former, but I do not (yet) have a vulva shrine. If someone in Cali wants to hire me and my upcoming Ph.D., then I will happily build a shrine, mind you. Until then, I refuse to make my Wondrous Vulva Puppet sing or talk. I will, however, show you exactly where your most delicious erotic regions are, how to touch them, and how to use the craziest sex toys by holding up my welcoming and engaging WVP.

I like props when I do workshops, and so does my audience. The Wonderous Vulva Puppet may well be the best one I have ever purchased. So far nearly every woman has giggled when setting eyes on her, which is a great way to start a workshop, and has gained a new understanding by watching (or even touching) her during my groups. I like that she comes in soft, enjoyable, yet non-realistic colors. Her soft velvet labia majora (big lips) remind some of my attendees (especially my African-American attendees, which compose the majority of my audiences) of their own fuzzy labia. The satin clitoral hood, clitoris and inner labia (little lips) offer a touchable perspective on female pleasure. The rosette urethra and plushy g-spot area help ladies better understand the lay of land without alienating anyone. Suddenly things make more sense, and are no longer intimidating. Just as House O’ Chicks told me in our “where’s my vulva now?” emails, women started sharing stories of pleasure and of pain. When you work with women who have survived violence, which is most women, it is a special honor to be able to witness these stories.

When I first saw The Wondrous Vulva Puppet I had mixed feelings. But now, when I saw that they had started to offer mini-versions, I picked one up at A Woman’s Touch (in Milwaukee) immediately. They’re that good.

Wondrous Vulva Puppets in either size at House O’ Chicks – here

Wondrous Vulva Puppets in either size at A Woman’s Touch – here

Dr. Debby with her WVP on The Tyra Banks Show – here

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