09 August, 2013

Review: Tickle His Pickle

For one reason or another, at some point in the last year I purchased Tickle His Pickle: Your Hands-On Guide to Penis Pleasing by Dr. Sadie Allison. I have a small collection of sex guides already, but leafing through this one, it looked quite a bit different than guides I’d read before.

Tickle His Pickle is a paperback published by Tickle Kitty, which was founded by the author, Dr. Sadie Allison. Through her website you can purchase more of her books, lubricants, and some pleasure kits designed by her. The book contains 147 pages. It’s about 7 x 5 inches in size, so it’s a bit smaller than most sex guides and traditional paperback books. Each page is printed on matte paper. The pages are all black and white, even the illustrations.
 I’ve found that some sex guide authors tend to be biased or very exclusive, which is a terrible thing to do when you’re trying to educate your readers. The last thing anyone needs is really to be told they’re weird for enjoying this or not enjoying that while reading some nutjob’s list of the top 10 blowjob techniques or something.

Thankfully Tickle HisPickle is not one of those guides. It combines great information with humor. Every page is covered in illustrations following along with the author’s writing. Some illustrations are humorous, such as one displaying a woman opening a gift box to find a penis inside, while others help to explain the various topics of the book. The content of the book is broken down into quick, easy-to-read paragraphs or bullets. Paired with an easy-to-read font, this book is very easy on the eyes. Here and there throughout the book are extra little tips from the author in little bubbles. One such tip states that the number one technique for oral sex on a man is simply to be enthusiastic about it.

The content of Tickle His Pickle centers mainly on pleasing penises. The illustrations and some of the writing make the target of the book females in a heterosexual relationship, however I think anyone looking to learn a few new things about handjobs or blowjobs can find some good information within the covers.

I like that Tickle His Pickle doesn’t just talk about handjobs, blowjobs, and sex. It has information regarding all the other little things that make up some part of sex and foreplay. The author discusses male anatomy, lubricants, techniques to shave or trim male pubic hair, anal play, prostate massage, and watching porn together. I really liked the section regarding porn. It tackles some of the common thoughts couples have regarding porn. Some couples find it weird and far from a turn-on to watch porn in front of another person, but the author suggests really just letting go and enjoying it with your partner.

Towards the end of the book, the author discusses anal toys and strap-on harnesses. While both are very short in comparison to other sections, they offer enough for interested readers to seek out more information regarding each topic.

Also at the end of the book are two sections discussing what to do when he goes soft and safe sex. I like that the former section details how to handle a soft penis without making him feel badly about himself. It offers small techniques to try to get him hard again without doing too much at once. The safe sex section covers mainly the use of condoms. It describes how to put them on properly and when to use them. Brief mentions are made of how to keep sex toys clean, and how to use dental dams for anal play.

I highly recommend this book for those interested in picking up a couple of new blowjob techniques or those who are new to sex. The amount of information provided between the covers is great, but not overwhelming. Techniques discussed are easy to remember. There isn’t anything super complicated involving tons of props or steps. I like that the author approaches tons of common thoughts and questions regarding the penis in a friendly, open tone. At no point did I feel the author’s writing was pushing me to do anything I don’t want to. She makes the acts of oral sex and handjobs seem more like acts to please both partners rather than just the male.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of the book, Good Vibrations has the book available.

I give Tickle His Pickle 5 out of 5 stars.

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