When you say the words, “Sex toy,” everyone seems to immediately think of vibrators. There’s a reason that these toys are the first thing that comes to mind– they’re fantastic. Today let’s take a look at the history of our favorite toy!
An Electrifying History
The history of the vibrator is a lot more interesting than you may think. Supposedly, the first vibrator belonged to Cleopatra herself– it was said to be a wooden or metal box that would be filled with live bees. We here at Spicy Gear do not condone shoving bees into your honey pot, which is why we’re grateful for the plethora of vibrators available today. Whether or not this is true has never been proven, but we can assume that, like with all things, if you can dream a contraption into creation, someone at some point in history has probably had sex with it.
Proving that Cleopatra was well before her time, there’s about an 1800 year gap before the next vibrator was created. The 19th century found people in the Western world confronted with all sorts of new and interesting disorders– and a desire to remedy them using newfangled mechanics.
One of these diseases was female hysteria– a state where women would find themselves consumed by insomnia, sexual agitation, fluid retention, muscle spasms, shortness of breath, and many other symptoms. It was really just a catchall for diseases and forms of mental illness ranging from modern diagnoses of schizophrenia to anxiety attacks.
But before there was a proper, modern understanding, doctors thought that a buildup of fluid in the womb was responsible. Thus, the vibrator was invented as a treatment. Imagine having to schedule an appointment to have your doctor (under a blanket) use your Magic Wand on you? Frankly, I don’t know how these men were able to get these women out of their offices.
Within the last two decades, vibrators are becoming the norm for young women. Where once housewives would go to parties to buy tupperware or make-up, now your can arrange a showing of your favorite feminine products for all of your lady friends. This vibrator revolution has even lead to a change in the clientele for many adult stores– where once you would expect to find only the seedy dregs of society, now adult stores line up with other boutique stores in posh cities– selling designer vibrators to folks of all genders and walks of life.
We certainly have come a long way, but there’s still even further that we can go. The state of Alabama in the U.S. still bans the sale of sex toys (without a doctor’s note), and they’re banned in countless other countries across the world. If you can buy and enjoy a Decadent Indulgence where you live, consider yourself lucky.
Vibrators are a lot less complicated than they look.
1. Start off by using it on your clitoris. Like with sex, many women find clitoral orgasms much easier than other forms. You can either rub it against your clitoris, or just set it on top. See how that feels. Sometimes, even just setting it against your pubic mound can be enough to stimulate the clit.
2. Depending on how that feels, you can then change up your stimulation. If the feeling against the clitoris isn’t enough and your toy is big enough, try it in your vagina. Some vibrators, like rabbits, have beads in them that can be turned using the simple push of a button that can stimulate the walls of the vaginal canal. Try whatever position is most comfortable for you. It may take a few attempts to figure out what’s best for you. Many of the techniques listed here can be used with the application of a vibrator as well.
3. Just because you have a vibrator doesn’t mean you have to leave your partner out of your sexual satisfaction! Ask them to finger you while you use the vibrator on your clitoris, or vice-versa. You can even ask them to stimulate your anus, if you’re comfortable and prepared for that. Or, ask them to take direct control of the vibrator and leave everything up to them.
4. Remember, not every vibrator is for everyone. Take a look at reviews online before you buy your new toy, compare them to your personal experiences. If a vibrator is too large or two powerful and you know that you’re super sensitive, it probably will be a waste of money for you. The same is true if you need something larger or stronger to help you get off.
There are all kinds of vibrators out there. When you’re buying your first one, the list can seem extensive and a little intimidating. Vibrators are one of the most versatile toys– they can be inserted into the vagina or anus, or sometimes not even at all; they can be made of various materials and have many different textures and styles; and they come in a wide range of prices and styles. No matter what you’re into, there’s a little bit of buzzbuzz out there for you.
Pocket Rockets and Mini-Vibes: If you’re buying your first vibrator and you’re intimidated by all your options, pocket rockets are a great start. They usually feature a short, thin body with a vibrating head and exchangeable tops for that head. They are primarily used for clitoral stimulation, but some, like our iVibe Pocket Rocket can be used internally and come with changeable heads made for stimulating the vaginal canal or even the G-Spot.
Bullets: These toys rely on their very intense vibrator to send waves of pleasure. Many other toys, including rabbits and some wands include bullets, but you can also buy them on their own, like our favorite Golden Bullet. They are small, and usually don’t come with a handle of any kind, making them a great clitoral stimulator. Sometimes, they are even connected to a remote control so that your partner can get in on the fun.
Wands: These toys are something of a combination of a pocket rocket and a bullet. They’re much bigger than either, but they combine the vigorous vibration of the bullet with the varied textures and shape the pocket rockets are capable of. The most famous wand is, of course, the Magic Wand, formerly known as the Hitachi Magic Wand, but a close second (at least, according to our customers) is the AcuVibe.
Anal: Anal vibrators are usually a little slimmer than other vibrators, or they have the same, curved shape of a butt plug. The reasoning for the former is that they make a good primer for anal sex. The anus tends to be tighter and more difficult to navigate than the vagina, so using something small but long, like the Wisteria Breeze, is a great way to start. The butt plug shape, like this Vibrating Butt Plug, makes it less likely it will get stuck in the anus, which is far deeper than the vagina. Keep in mind: other vibrators can be used for anal, but make sure that you’re ready to take the size, and have proper protection if the toy is porous since bacteria from the anus can have a negative effect on the vaginal flora.
Realistic: These vibes look like real penises. That… pretty much sums it up actually. If you’re having trouble deciding if you want a vibrator or a dildo, these are a great option. Like the bullets, they often come with small remotes that hang outside of the vibrator so that your partner can help you out. Out most popular one is our “8 Realistic Vibrating Black Dildo.
Rabbit (Or Double): Perhaps the most famous vibrator type, the rabbit got its biggest kick from an unexpected place. In 1998, an episode of the HBO show, Sex In The City had a character become addicted to her rabbit. Much like the 50 Shades of Grey boost that fetish toys received, the sales of the rabbit went through the roof as woman all over discovered a new source of pleasure. These toys get their name not from the cutesy little rabbit they usually have as a clitoral stimulator, but from the fact that they have two separate vibrating parts– in the shape of some seriously lopsided rabbit ears. Our most popular rabbit is the Decadent Indulgence Line, but if you run out of batteries way too often and need something rechargeable, there’s always the Rechargeable Jack Rabbit.
Triple: Triples are like the Rabbit, except with one added bonus– that’s right! They have an additional anal vibrator which is easily insertable in the back door. These aren’t for your casual user, and certainly not for the beginner, but if you think you’re up for the challenge, check out our Cunning Cactus. This cocktus has everything you need for a good time on all fronts.
Traditional Vibrators: If you’re looking for something nice and simple, the traditional vibrator is just that. Combining the simplicity of pocket rockets with the size and length of some of the more advance vibrators, traditional vibrators don’t have any extra arms or legs, nor do they look like a penis. They can still come in a wide variety of sizes though, which makes them versatile– for clitoral, vaginal, or anal fun. One of our favorite traditional vibrators is the Celestial of the Couture Collection.