Updated: OCTOBER 26, 2021
Fleshlight is the name brand of a line of penis masturbation sleeves. The name Fleshlight is a portmanteau, of sorts. “Flesh” comes from the texture, look and feel of the sleeve being very close to human skin and tissue. “Light” comes from the case that holds the sleeve, which resembles a flashlight. A Fleshlight can be used by anyone of any sexuality or gender on their own penis or strap-on, or on a play partner’s penis or strap-on.
As with other penis sleeves, users insert the penis into the Fleshlight and then stroke up and down. The hard casing is designed to both grip the soft sleeve during penetration, but also to house the sleeve while not in use. The non-penetrative end of the casing features a twisting cap. Opening or closing the cap increases or decreases the amount of air inside the device, thereby changing the air pressure and suction. With the cap fully closed, the air pressure is minimal and the suction inside the toy on the penis is very strong. Increasing the airflow by loosening the cap loosens the suction and reduces the grip inside.
Fleshlights are renowned for their life-like feel. Because of this quality, the base model is marketed as a “stamina training unit,” intended to be used by people to increase their ability to last longer before orgasming during penis stimulation. Instructions are provided with the product to guide the user on how to build up their sexual stamina.
Many different varieties of Fleshlight are available, in numerous different appearances and textiles. On the outside, there are Fleshlights modelled to look like a variety of vulvas, mouths, and anuses, as well as non-specific and even supernatural shapes. They are offered in many different skin tones as well as non-skin colors. The company also offers Fleshlights that are modeled after pornographic performers’ body parts, both men and women.
In the interior, different patterns of nubs and textures are used to provide differing stimulation to the various parts of the penis. These textures vary in individual units and many different stimulation patterns are available across products. Fleshlights are made from a proprietary blend of SuperSkin, an elastomer that is both very soft and supple. It can also retain heat for an increased “realness” sensation.
Fleshlights are best used with lubrication, but can only be used with water-based lube, as silicone lube can degrade the material of the toy.