JoEllen Notte (pronounced “naughty” how awesome is that?) IS The Redhead Bedhead. She is also one of my favorite sex educators and bloggers. Known for her exceptional taste in toys (always high quality and body-safe). I came across her blog one day when I clicked on a link that announced her SUPERHERO SEX SHOP TOUR. What in the world is THAT you may ask? It’s a fantastic idea and resource, my friend! The Redhead Bedhead is
“on a mission to save the world from mediocre sex (like a superhero!) and she tours the country finding sex shops that share that mission. Shops that provide high-quality products made with body-safe materials, shops that provide accurate education, shops that have an open, accepting environment for folks to learn explore and play – Superhero Sex Shops.”
Of course, on the way, she educates, like giving workshops on dating and sex in some of those fantastic shops. If she’s in your area you should definitely check her out.
JoEllen also is one of the interwebs foremost reviewer of all toys “sex.” In the same way that James Bond curries admiration across gender lines (“women want him and men want to be him”), so does The Redhead Bedhead. I found this out first hand when earlier this year I attended the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo (ANME) in Burbank, CA with Miss Notte. Walking that convention floor, perusing all the brand new models of orgasm extenders, formulations of lube, and cutting-edge vibrators – seas of manufacturer reps and lube makers parted to make room for her to walk through, hoping that she would stop by their booth.
It was like walking the floor of a casino with Frank Sinatra.
Ok. Maybe not exactly like that … but, I can say with confidence that this educator and sex toy reviewer makes toy manufacturers WANT her and sex toy lovers want to BE her. I’d rather have that than James Bond adulation any day.
JoEllen‘s sexy fun picks:
Vibratex Mystic Wand– This was my biggest toy surprise this year. I have long been a Magic Wand devotee (I love power!) and was shocked that this little guy more than hold its own against my old friend. Add to that the fact that it is cordless and you have my new favorite vibrator.
Fun Factory Bootie– The perfect plug for warm up or those new to anal play and I love the boil-able silicone.
Naughty & Nice Plush Paddle – Whether you want a sharp sting or a thuddy slap this super-pretty dual-surface paddle delivers beautifully.
Please Cream Lubricant– Creamy but light with a touch of silicone this stuff feels great, doesn’t get sticky or dry out, tastes slightly sweet and is moisturizing- I couldn’t love it more.
The Redhead Bedhead was born when I decided I wanted to talk about sex on the internet, wondering “do people even do that?!” Now I get to write for multiple outlets like Good Vibrations, Evolved World and Kinkly.com. I attend conferences, speak to college groups, teach classes, tour the country on the Superhero Sex Shop Tour, preach the gospel of sex positivity, learn more than I ever thought possible, and surround myself with a community of people who think like me- sex geeks!
Life is good.
I’m on a mission to prove that through constant learning, perpetual experimentation, fearless collaboration, non-stop dialogue and frequent wise-assery we can save the world from mediocre sex – and have a damn good time doing it.
I reside in Portland, OR, where I spend my days writing, working internet magic, spreading sex positivity far and wide, and tasting all the beer.Share the Smut: via @TheElleChase