Jan 052010

The Liberator Ramp and Wedge are somewhat legendary in the sex blogging community — and should be legendary in the entire world — for making sex and positioning infinitely better. I am definitely of that camp, and have been for the years since my boyfriend and I scrounged up enough money to buy the combo. I’m also in lust with my Liberator Fascinator Throes.

I’m not sure why exactly I chose the Scoop as my next Liberator shape. Perhaps it was the name. Or the thought of rocking back and forth while fucking. One thing I didn’t realize was that Liberator sends a Wedge along with the Scoop. So here I am with two Wedges, a Scoop, a Ramp, and a suddenly not-big-enough apartment. Seriously, the Scoop is enormous. I mean huge: 24″ wide, 40″ long and 12″ tall. It’s hard to visualize, I know, but take my word for it.

The problem with having such a large Liberator shape is that I start to question whether it’s worth keeping. I’ve never questioned my love for the Ramp and Wedge (which take up some space in my closet, for sure), but the Scoop… is probably going to end up in someone else’s bedroom. And I’m sure it will be cherished there, but it just doesn’t work for my boyfriend and I.

And not for lack of trying. I combed Liberator’s “Position of the Week” section for Scoop-related positions, saved the photos, arranged them in Photoshop, and printed it out. Armed with my position guide, my boyfriend and I got to work trying the positions.

But the problem with the smiley, perfect Liberator photos is that they’re smiley and perfect. The couples make the positions look effortless. And I’m here to tell you that, especially with a beast such as the Scoop and real bodies such as ours, they’re not. The hugeness of the Scoop coupled with the tallness of our bed made me feel like I was in the circus doing some sort of balancing act, and several times I felt like I was about to fall.

We realized very quickly that an edge-of-the-bed position was not going to work for us. Our bed is tall and my boyfriend is average height, so the Scoop elevated me beyond his cock’s reach. We also realized that several of the positions on the sheet were for penetration from behind, which is not a position we can really do. And we don’t have anal sex yet, so there’s that.

I felt the most secure in this position, with one Wedge tucked under the Scoop and one Wedge supporting my head. This was my boyfriend’s favorite position, as he was able to stand while he went down on me. However, due to the downward angle of my body, I couldn’t really watch him suck my cock, and that was sad.

We attempted the 69 position in this picture, but my legs grew tired very quickly and we both decided that a regular, on the bed 69 would be better (perhaps with the Wedge propped under his head).

We even tried using the Scoop on the floor. It was decent with the rounded side down (finally, our genitals were aligned!), but I kept slipping forward on my Throe. And the other way, with the rounded side up and my boyfriend sitting on the bump, he quickly grew tired of having nothing to lean back on.

Ultimately, there is not a position involving the Scoop/Wedge that works for us for intercourse. The only thing it works for is oral, but that position requires two Wedges. This leads me to wonder if there is much of a benefit to owning the Scoop/Wedge combo rather than the Ramp/Wedge combo. And most of the time, the answer is no. A lot of what can be achieved with the Scoop/Wedge can also be achieved with the Ramp/Wedge, and several things can be achieved with a higher degree of pleasure and a lesser degree of falling over.

I appreciate, of course, Liberator’s wacky and unending ideas for shapes, and their tip-top quality. A couple bloggers who have had more success with the Scoop — especially Essin’ Em, who notes how helpful the Scoop is for people with bad knees — but it was too unwieldy and awkward for us. Ah well, back to the Ramp and Wedge(s)!

Browse all Liberator shapes at SheVibe, or get the original Wedge (my fave) at
SheVibe, Smitten Kitten, Good VibesEarly to Bed, or Pleasure Chest.

  • I just kind of envision cartoony precarious see-sawing while trying to have sex; amusing imagery but not very sexy! Great review.

  • Sarahbear

    I can see how it might be fun to rock back and forth during sex, but it looks like it’d be a hell of a lot more comfortable to lie on it’s flat side and lay over it for sex from behind. I need to invest in the ramp wedge combo…soon…soon.

  • I didn’t know they had a position of the week. Awesome. I’m sorry that it didn’t work out. I don’t know if I’d want to try that balancing act, either.

  • Toygirl

    Awesome review. I’m glad you found a photo without the rando Liberator couple!

  • @Toygirl: I actually *cough* photoshopped two photos together.

  • I often think it’d be a lot of playground type action on the scoop and while I’m dying to try it – I keep spending money elsewhere first. Great review.

  • Mimi

    Yikes. That is TOO. BIG. for my little apartment. It’d still interesting in trying it. I suppose it depends on what you’re into and whether or not the gain outweighs the annoyance of storage and such.

    As usual, excellent review.

  • Carnivalesq

    I realize I didn’t comment here about this, but I loved imagining the circus balancing act. Remarkably, even though you ultimately didn’t like it, the review makes me want one. I’m oppositional.

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  • Selective Sensualist

    What a vivid image you painted when you described how trying to balance on the Scoop while elevated far above your bed made you feel like you were in a circus act!

    I’ve not tried any Liberator shapes yet, but I have the Ramp/Wedge combo at the top of my list, along with the Wing. Oh, and there’s one that is made for Fleshlights, too — so perhaps that one should go to the top of my list since I want a Fleshlight for my husband. (The Tenga Flip Hole would probably work in it, too.)

  • namelesschaos

    Entertaining review, have you ever reviewed the Liberator ramp, I ask because I’ve been eying that new ramp fleshlight mount hybrid they have now.

  • @namelesschaos: I never reviewed the Ramp or Wedge, but the Ramp is superb.

  • Bri

    Wow, this is much bigger than it looks in the picture…too bad it didn’t work better. It looks like soo much fun!

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