Desert Island Dildos,  Sex Toys

Desert Island Dildos… with Rachel Kramer Bussel


Desert Island Dildos is a new regular feature in which we ask people we like one very important question: if you were stranded on a desert island, which 5 sex toys would you want to have with you?

The rules:

  • this is a magical desert island with a power supply and infinite batteries – because we wouldn’t want to discriminate against our vibrating friends.
  • you might be alone on the desert island, or you might have a lover (or 2, or 3…) there with you. Your choice!
  • as ever at Other Nature, we’re using “sex toys” in the broadest possible sense. A well-thumbed volume of erotica, your favourite lube, a treasured hairbrush-cum-paddle are all possible picks

This month’s guest:

Rachel Kramer Bussel ( has edited over 60 erotica anthologies, including Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica, The Big Book of Orgasms, Spanked and the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year series. She writes widely about sex, dating, books and pop culture, teaches erotica writing classes in-person and online, and Tweets @raquelita. Her Erotica Writing 101 class at Other Nature sold out fast, but you can catch her at the store next time she’s in Berlin.




1. Tristan butt plug



Some people prefer longer anal toys, but for me this anal plug is just the right length and girth. It provides that full sensation in just the right way. It’s especially great to wear this one while receiving a spanking!




2. Hitachi Magic Wand*

This plug-in vibrator has long been a favorite of mine for clitoral stimulation. There are different settings and a wide, large head so I can also stimulate other nearby body parts. Bonus: it’s also wonderful as a back massager or for other sore body parts

[*Other Nature note: Hitachi Magic Wand can’t legally be sold in Europe because of voltage incompatibility issues. But if you live in Europe, the Europe Magic Wand is very similar!]


3. Spareparts Sasha harness


I’ve found this underwear harness to be great for beginners to strapping on. I enjoy both the way it looks and feels, hugging my body but allowing me to do everything I need from a harness.





4. Überlube


I use Überlube often and have found the consistency wonderful for assorted sexual activities! It’s just slick enough and a little bit lasts a long time (though it’s not compatible with silicone toys).






5. Shh blindfold


I’m one of those people whose mind is constantly spinning and whirring. A blindfold helps to calm that part of my mind so I can focus entirely on sex. I like this silky one because it feels sensual and a little luxurious and helps me get in the mood. Sometimes I use it when I’m feeling more submissive, but also when I simply want to be surprised.