Dildos Against Cancer: Make Your Next Toy A Tantus “Dark Vamp”

by Violet Blue on May 4, 2011

Tantus: Dark Vamp (silicone dildo)

Yesterday woman-run silicone sex toy manufacturer Tantus surprised me with a mystery package. Inside was a really beautiful silicone dildo: the Dark Vamp ($39.99). I was impressed on the spot: deep royal purple with a pearly sheen, swirled with glossy black in a very attractive realistic shape.

I opened the box and was instantly smiling. And then I read the accompanying letter. I nearly cried.

Kindly, they stated up front that they are a Tinynibbles fan. The letter went on to explain that the Dark Vamp has been created as a limited edition item as a fundraiser for their Relay For Life* team. 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, and “Team Tantus” will be participating.

It also revealed some very intense motivation. As someone who has a friend recovering from a breast cancer procedure, and am watching Hollie Stevens go into a similar battle, this section hit me like a ton of bricks:

(Dear Violet… ) I hope you will consider a review of the Dark Vamp; for the staff here at Tantus this is a very personal effort. Over half of us have had a loved one with cancer, or have been diagnosed. For a small company like ours, this is a staggering percentage. I myself have a daughter, age nine, who is a survivor, and I can personally attest that the support I received during her treatment was invaluable. She’s healthy now, and looks forward to a possible career in science, because she “loves technology.” I’ve been told that it’s an odd thing to be selling dildos the be raising money for cancer patients – but this is a good cause, and I’m really thankful to have an employer that’s willing to get involved.

I love getting sex toy gifts – I don’t think I’m stand-out strange for saying so, either. But I seldom, if ever, do standard sex toy reviews for reasons of personal privacy, and reader transparency. So while this isn’t “one of those” sex toy reviews, I do have it out of the plastic and next to the monitor as I write this. I am absolutely certain that a tryout-style review would not be necessary, as this bad boy looks certain to perform as promised.

I don’t usually say that you *should* buy anything. If you’re interested in picking up a high quality toy and see every cent of the (low) price go to help people with cancer, then you really should buy a Dark Vamp.

I’ll also add that if you’re not familiar with Tantus, they have done more to raise awareness about sex toy safety, model best practices with safe and sustainable business practices, and pushing the adult industry toward using nontoxic materials than anyone knows.

* Relay For Life is a 24-hour ‘marathon.’ More info here.

Update: One hour after pressing ‘publish’ I found out that someone I know has just lost his long battle with cancer – today. I don’t understand the coincidences of life. I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Derek K. Miller (Penmachine) at Gnomedex last August. He came and sat with me after my talk, just to meet and say hi. He was made of kindness, humor, and goodness. I’m sad I won’t get to see him again.

Violet Blue

The London Times named Violet Blue "One of the 40 bloggers who really count" and Self Magazine named TinyNibbles one of the “Best Sex Resources for Women.” Blue is an autodidact and pundit on sex and technology, hacking and security, porn for women, privacy and bleeding-edge tech culture. She is a journalist for ZDNet, CBS News, CNET; she's an educator, speaker, crisis counselor, volunteer NGO trainer, and the author and editor of over 40 award-winning books.

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1 Lady Grinning Soul May 6, 2011 at 8:31 am

This is such a great idea and particularly close to my heart (as my Dad was recently diagnosed with cancer). Not sure if I can buy from UK… but I’m going to head over there and try. Thank you for reviewing this and getting the word out.

2 Violet admirer May 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Did you try it out yet? Readers need a primary-source review.

3 Matthew May 5, 2011 at 12:51 am

I’ve lost folk to cancer, so anything that raises funds and awareness is a good thing – but sex toys that do so are an especially good thing :) Having said that, I must confess to being rather drawn to the way you are holding it…

4 Lily May 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I’d been vacillating in my decision between two harness-compatible Tantus toys — thanks for suggesting this lovely tiebreaker! I just placed my order.

5 bairdduvessa May 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm

i really wish i had some one to buy that for…

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