XES is an online store providing sex toys and pleasure products for every body. The platform is founded by Isabella Burstin and Gabriel Volchek, a Melbourne-based couple who have a background in rehabilitation and occupational therapy, plus who advocate for sexual wellbeing, empowerment, accessibility, inclusivity and pleasure.
On a mission to educate and empower, XES’s founders have curated a well-researched collection of premium, accessible and ergonomic products that cater to everyone, though the brand has a specific focus on “empowering individuals with physical, cognitive and sexual health conditions to engage their sexuality”.
Product-wise, the store stocks a diverse range of toys and accessories. From a Ferticare 2.0 which helps people with spinal cord injury to achieve orgasm to a Ruby Glow hands-free vibrator that’s ideal for those with limited hand function.
There’s a five-piece vaginal dilator set that may be helpful for people with vulvas to use after radiation therapy, following menopause, or during vaginismus, and even an IntimateRider sex chair and sexual positioning device that users with physical disabilities may engage with for assistance.
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Disability Awareness Month ✨ ⠀ ⠀ Did you know that you can now use the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to access funds for specialist sex worker services? 🥳⠀ ⠀ Sexuality is a central aspect of being human. It is your basic human right to engage in pleasurable activities and express your sexuality as you please 🍫 Image via @pink_bits starring @rollinfunky
In addition to its vast range of products, XES is also a platform for education and sharing. The XES blog is a safe space for writers to host conversations and engage in the exploration of important topics that “challenge the stigmatisation of people with physical or cognitive limitations expressing sexual desire”.
On the XES blog, you’ll find sex-positive stories and articles that debunk myths. Some recently published articles include: 5 Ways Being Disabled Impacts My Sexuality, My Reproductive Organs Hate Me, and Dating with a Side of Polyamory.
“Our intention is to host a safe space that facilitates much-needed dialogue around topics that don’t have a place in everyday conversation and to debunk myths that exclude certain people from exploring their sexuality,” the site reads.
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“With polyamory, you can fall in love again and again, enjoying that initial excitement turning into intimate connection and comfortability without having to let go of another. Love is not limited. You have enough love to give to as many people as you want, it does not have to be confined romantically to one person. As you have many friendships that are unique, you too can have unique romantic ones that fulfil different needs…”⠀ ⠀ New blog post about polyamory relationships up on www.xesproducts.com.au #LinkInBio ✨ ⠀ ⠀ Illustration by @hat.tart
Further to the site’s offering, its functionality is designed in every way to promote accessibility. An ‘Accessibility’ button on every page lets browsers modify their experience on the site according to their needs, alternate text on all images helps those that use screen readers to better understand the products, and each product has an ‘Access with Xes’ section that outlines its accessible features and benefits.
You can find out more about the XES mission now and browse the store’s range of products online.