Pros: Purpose-built; luxurious feel; use sets a distinctive mood in the bedroom.
Cons: Expensive; unnecessary; inner lining cannot be removed.
My husband presented us with the Liberator "Ramp". While it functions as designed, there are many free alternatives to this expensive bedroom accessory. The typical couple will quickly tire of its novelty and relegate it to the back of the closet or under the bed.
The Ramp is a large beveled piece of hard foam wrapped in two layers of smooth synthetic material. The inner non-removable layer is very silky fabric (similar in texture to my daughter's cooshie plush toy); the outer removable layer is a luxurious velvety microfiber material that feels warm and wonderful to touch. The Ramp can be ordered in a few different colors and sizes. The Liberator line offers other shapes as well; each purports to provide a superior experience in the bedroom. The manufacturer's website presents R-rated videos that demonstrate use of their various products. The Ramp holds its shape, though it is somewhat heavy, bulky and bumblely to retrieve and store.
Among the documents included with the Ramp is a booklet containing illustrations of various positions for the benefit of both him and her, a silly attempt to generalize the Ramp's rather unambiguous raison d'etre (psst.. it's for "female positional assistance during intercourse"). One uses the Ramp in place of the standard compliment of bed pillows and wadded comforters to help elevate her hips. It provides firm support, far superior to the usual origami-folding routine necessary for bed pillows. The Ramp has the terribly frustrating problem of sliding around while used in earnest. Bed pillows must be reemployed to brace the Ramp in place, with constant interruption required to reposition support.
At first, the presence of the Ramp in our bed made it intriguing and fun but we certainly did not experience any epiphany because of its use. Unlike our other toys, the use of which we sublimely transition in and out of our sessions, the Ramp is too cumbersome and prominent and remains this big "thing" in the center of our bed that must be handled and adjusted. However, after all is dialed in, I can position myself with its firm support beneath me for best comfort while my husband either kneels, stands, or strattles. The Ramp benefits him by putting me right where he needs me for oral purposes or penetration, and he is able to maximize his movement during either activity. This translates into fewer cramped muscles and more energy for longer sessions. Cleaning the Ramp after use is de rigueur, and fortunately a snap. The inner layer is more difficult to clean since it cannot be removed and can only be spot cleaned with a damp cloth, while the outer layer zips off and goes into the wash. The outer layer material has become loose after several months and often bunches into uncomfortable rolls under me.
The Ramp's appearance on the bed is a kind of statement of intent, and therein lies its primary charm. It makes a sensual and suggestive, albeit expensive, gift between lovers. Beyond that, the Ramp's intended use by even the most playful couple isn't much beyond novelty and it may find more practical and frequent use as back or leg support while reading or watching TV. When not in use, the Ramp occupies valuable floor space and represents a potentially embarrassing bit of miscellany in the bedroom should one forget to stash it.