WHAT IS A VIBRATOR & WHY SHOULD YOU USE ONE?

In 2012, Hollywood produced a movie entitled “Hysteria” about the invention of the vibrator. The movie detailed the beginning of an industry that’s now over 200 years old and now focuses solely on healthy and happy pleasure. If you’ve ever wondered how modern vibrators came to be, we’ve got the skinny!

In modern times, vibrators are known as devices that vibrate to provide sexual gratification. They’re frequently used inside the vagina and on the clitoris; although, you can use a vibe on other body parts too.

WHY WERE VIBRATORS INVENTED IN THE FIRST PLACE?

The first vibrators were created by doctors with the intent of curing “hysteria” in women. Although it’s now recognized that doctors were using these devices to bring women to orgasm, doctors at this time called this “hysterical paroxysm” in their patients.

An American named George Taylor is especially well-known for creating the first steam-powered vibrator, known at the Manipulator, well before the 1900s. Long before that, in 1734, France had its own vibrator, the Tremoussoir.

If the idea of a steam-powered vibrator sounds dangerous let alone a turnoff, you’re not alone. In fact, the doctors of the time found the work to be laborious and intense, without pleasure for themselves.

The gigantic Manipulator and other vibrators of the time were immobile, and patients had to visit their doctors for their “cure.” Some patients, of course, found the pleasure great enough to make frequent appointments with their doctors. While we now understand that these women weren’t hysterical and what a vibrator is, it stands to reason that frequent orgasms could certainly improve a woman’s disposition!

It wasn’t until 1902 when Hamilton Beach, which is well known for household appliances, would create the first electric vibrator that was available to consumers. Although these were more attainable by wealthy persons, they were a far cry from the luxury silicone vibrators that you might be accustomed to.

Hamilton Beach advertised their products in feminine magazines and prints. At the time, it hadn’t yet become taboo to talk about a woman’s pleasure!

However, once the 1920s rolled around, and society began to shun porn and sexuality these devices started to become less popular. It would take four decades before they would become on trend again, thanks to the sexual revolution in the 1960s.

In fact, June 30, 1966 was a fateful day for the modern vibrator. It was on this day that one Jon Tavel would apply for a patent for a cordless electric vibrator that paved the way into modern vibrators.

Americans weren’t the only ones working on something, however. While Tavel’s patent succeeded in 1968, the Japanese had a little something up their sleeve: the Hitachi Magic Wand. Hitachi was yet another appliance maker that wanted in on the game. The Magic Wand was often touted as a back massager, but the plug-in style vibrator with its amazing strength and rumbly vibrations was useful for helping to bring yourself to orgasm too.

Moving on…

The Wahl corporation, which is better known for its electric hair clippers, came out with a line of back massagers in 1975. While these are officially marketed for people who suffer from back pain, many “deviants” have used the Wahl massager for sexual gratification, and the variety of attachments available make it ideal for this use.

Vibrators like the Wahl and the Hitachi are the type you might find in your grandmother’s closet, but they’re still made to this day.

In fact, many people still regard the Magic Wand as the “Cadillac of vibrators,” even though there have been many advancements in vibrator technology. The Magic Wand is still one of the best-selling vibrators around. You can pick up body-safe silicone attachments to experience the intense vibrations internally; although, these are made by third-party companies.

Traditional vibrators like those could always be billed as back massagers or medical devices. In fact, you may even have used one to loosen up a tense muscle. Few people look twice at the Wahl when it’s hidden in a closet or ask what it is, which may have contributed to the longevity of success for corded massagers, especially in periods during which sexuality was stifled by society.

A similar method was employed with toy toys created in Japan, where it was illegal for a vibrator or dildo to imitate a penis. 

Thus, vibrators would include motifs of animals and even have happy faces on them! This is how the rabbit vibrator got its name – and why there are so many similar vibes with butterflies and other animals as the clit stimulator.

Consumers have also shown that they don’t just want sex toys that mimic penises; although, there’s a time and place for toys that do. Today’s luxury silicone toys, including those from Lelo, Jimmyjane and Fun Factory, often have long, sweeping lines and contemporary designs in bold colors. They come from Germany, Sweden, the United States and even China, and their designs are so inconspicuous that someone who spotted one on your nightstand might not realize what they’re looking at!

WHAT IS A VIBRATOR LIKE IN 2014?

If you ask around, many would credit Lelo with revolutionizing the world of vibrators just a few years ago. Indeed, the company gets a lot of credit for making sleek designs popular, and there exist many Lelo knockoffs. The company was one of the fist to use high-quality materials such as silicone, which can be safely sterilized, and bright colors. Lelo also spearheaded rechargeable vibrators rather than those that run on alkaline batteries.

Innovation has changed the definition of what a vibrator is and led the way to vibrators that do all sorts of things.

  • Vibrator company OhMiBod is especially known for toys that vibrate when connected to your MP3 player, and they now make the blueMotion, a toy that can be controlled with a smartphone over WiFi!
  • Heating vibrators like Svakom’s Leslie,
  • And there are thrusting vibrators and expanding vibrators too which ensure there’s plenty to choose from when you want something sexy inside you.

Many vibrators now recharge via USB cable just like your smartphone uses, and you’ll see those that use interesting magnet technology to charge rather than a port to plug in your vibe. Plus, you’ll find touch controls and vibrators that increase in intensity simply by responding to the force that you use when holding them.

There are also more types of vibrators available than ever before.

  • These include internal vibrators, some of which look like penises, and G-spot vibrators with a curved or hooked head.
  • Clitoral vibrators are intended to stimulate externally, and they come in the shapes of eggs and bullets or sleaker styles like Lelo’s Siri.
  • You’ll find rabbits and other types of dual stimulators that do both!
  • If you’re bold enough to try anal play, vibrators exist for that, which is good news for men. So-called triple stimulators can offer clitoral, anal and vaginal vibration all at once!
  • You can even find vibrating nipple clamps if you’re into that.

Millions of people have experienced the pleasure that vibrators can bring, and it’s often times pleasure that was unable to be created through other means of stimulation. You probably know a few women who have experienced their first orgasm at their own hand with a vibrator. You might even be one of them!

Of course, there are also naysayers who won’t tell you what a vibrator is good for. Some people will argue that the real thing is best, but you might realize that different doesn’t mean better – or worse! Vibrators can add an enticing element into your relationship or sex life, and your lover might even enjoy the feeling, too.

Another common myth is that vibrators will desensitize you if you use them too often or for too long, but this isn’t exactly true. What can happen is that you can become accustomed to your style of masturbation, whether you use a vibrator or your fingers or hump a pillow, and this can make it more difficult to get off with other methods. The same can happen to men who jerk off with too strong a grip.

Just ease up on the frequency or strength of your vibrator, and it’ll become easier to orgasm through other methods!

The history of vibrators is one that is long and storied, even if you’re not personally a fan of them. But you might just find using a vibe teaches you about yourself or helps you better connect with your partner!

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