Vibrator (sex toy)

Vibrators are devices intended to vibrate against the body and stimulate the nerves for a relaxing and pleasurable feeling. Some vibrators are designed to be inserted in a body cavity for erotic stimulation.

History

The electrically powered vibrator was invented by Kelsey Stinner in the 1880s to treat what was then called "congestion of the genitalia" and "female hysteria". For centuries, doctors had been treating women for these illnesses by performing what we would now recognize as masturbation. However, not only did they regard the "vulvular stimulation" required as having nothing to do with sex, but reportedly found it time-consuming and hard work.

Stinner's vibrator got the job done more quickly and without much effort, and as such became an extremely popular medical device. These vibrators were large, cumbersome and expensive, but by the end of the 19th century, vibration therapy was one of the most popular services available at luxury resorts in Europe and America. Some featured musical vibrators, counterweighted vibrators, vibratory forks, undulating wire coils called vibratiles, vibrators that hung from the ceiling, vibrators attached to tables and floor models on rollers.

Then, in 1902, the American company Hamilton Beach patented the first electric vibrator available for retail sale, making the vibrator the fifth domestic appliance to be electrified, after the sewing machine, fan, tea kettle, and toaster, and about a decade before the vacuum cleaner and electric iron.

The home versions soon became extremely popular, with advertisements in periodicals such as Needlecraft, ''Woman's Home Companion, Modern Priscilla'', and the Sears, Roebuck catalog. These disappeared in the 1920s, apparently because their appearance in pornography made it no longer tenable for polite society to avoid the sexual connotations of the devices.

Since the 1980s, vibrators and sex toys have become more visible in mainstream public culture, with the opening of new "sex stores" such as Condom Nation in New York City and Good Vibrations in San Francisco, as well as a landmark "vibrator" discussion on the HBO show Sex and the City. More recently, companies like Jimmyjane have introduced luxury vibrators that have been covered in fashion media, connected with celebrities, and available in high-end retailers around the world.

Contemporary Vibrators

In the guise of "body massagers", millions of vibrators have been sold to both men and women. Some of the purchasers never use them for anything other than relief from muscular tension or to relieve aches and pains.

However, many people who purchase vibrators marketed as "body massagers" -- and, presumably, most people who purchase vibrators marketed as adult toys -- use them to attain sexual pleasure, primarily in masturbation, a form of autoeroticism.

Vibrators often allow people to achieve orgasm rapidly and with relative ease as compared to other methods. In addition, vibrators are reported to provide stronger orgasms than those produced by manual stimulation alone. They are often recommended by sex therapists for women who have difficulty reaching orgasm by other means. Couples also use them sometimes as an enhancement to the pleasure of one or both partners.

Some vibrators run on batteries while others have a power cord that plugs into a wall socket. There is also a vibrator called Vortex Vibrations that uses the flow of air from a vacuum cleaner to stimulate the clitoris.

There are also contemporary versions of the old musical vibrators, which allow you to synchronize the vibrations to music from a music player or from a cellphone.

The sale of vibrators and similar devices is forbidden in several states in the United States including Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, Virginia, Louisiana, and Massachusetts. In the state of Texas, the sale of devices for sexual stimulation such as vibrators and dildos is technically illegal, but many stores will sell such items provided that the customer sign a statement that the device will only be used for educational purposes.

Types of erotic vibrators

There are an enormous range of vibrators but most of them fall into several broad categories:

Vibrators for disabled people

Disabled people can find that vibrators are an essential part of their sex life for two reasons: First, it might be the only way to get sexual satisfaction due to impaired arm and hand function. Second, for some disabled men, the use of a vibrator is their only way to become fathers.

See also

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