Review: Perlesque's Rhea Small Bullet Vibrator - Par Femme

by Par Femme

The question of penis size has plagued men and women (but mostly men) since the beginning of time. Men have done all kinds of depraved shit in the quest for a larger John, from eating the reproductive organs of other mammals to attaching weights to the tips of their shafts.

Apparently, similar attitudes apply to women on the hunt for their first sex toy. A friend of mine recently told me about a friend of hers who works in a new generation sex shop in Sydney's Newtown (the palatable kind that hasn't been designed to scare women off with penis pasta and creepy old guys provocatively stroking their goatees behind the counter). She said the most common mistake women make is this: they go for the biggest toy they can find. I know this for a fact because I am 100% guilty of said crime.

After trawling through 20+ pages of toys online, the Rose of yesteryear chose a thing that was not unlike that monstrosity of a prehistoric dildo discovered in a German cave in 2005. The Byzantine-purple, 18cm-long love machine boasted six speed settings and a long, foreboding swan neck shaft. (If you have ever had to run from a pond screaming for your life after trying to pat a swan, you will know what I mean by this.) I figured if I was going to go out on a limb and buy a toy, I might as well go for something that did it all. Turns out, for all of its commendable bells and whistles, said toy is rarely invited inside for coffee after the date, nor does it make it past the first setting.

Now that we've waded our way through some large and unsavoury foreplay, it’s time to unveil the petite coquette of the hour. The Rhea by Perlesque is roughly half of the swan’s size (9cm-long and 2cm-wide, to be exact), making it significantly easier to get in and out (and wherever you want, really) during partnered or solo play. She’s small in stature, but just as powerful, making the whole experience an exercise in heightened pleasure and versatility.

There are five synergetic settings. Together, they play out like a Philip Glass symphony—rolling loops that take you on an orgasmic journey through space and time. (Yes, as it turns out, you can weave a hyperbolic classical music metaphor into a sex toy review.) Oh, and it’s 100% waterproof, so if you’ve ever wanted to recreate that swimming pool scene from Wild Things, you can totally do that, too.

The verdict? Consider for a moment that bigger isn’t necessarily better. Sometimes you may have the taste for something with more length and girth, like the Perlesque Artemis. Other times, you may want a handy pocket pal you can slip into your purse on a Saturday night along with your Charlotte Tilbury lipstick for "lengthy, tantalising partner sessions” (Perlesque's words, not mine).

—Rose Howard



Also in Stories

In Touch With Well Made Clothes Founder Courtney Sanders

In Touch With Well Made Clothes Founder Courtney Sanders

by Par Femme

"I'm really excited to see how the fashion industry will take scientific breakthroughs in sustainability and apply them to create groundbreaking designs. I think we’re at a really great moment for...
'Vanitas in Isolation' by Photographer Amelia J Dowd

'Vanitas in Isolation' by Photographer Amelia J Dowd

by Par Femme

Self-pleasure as an everyday object during lockdown in Melbourne, Victoria.
At Home With Queer Artist Kayleigh Heydon

At Home With Queer Artist Kayleigh Heydon

by Maddy Woon

"To see myself as a sexual being is an empowering and important thing for me. I think it's a big part of my identity and that's really powerful and...