The Amazing Life of Vibrators
Posted: Jun 22 2015
I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of the vibrator, and it turns out they have a bit of interesting history behind them. So, come with me as we explore the stimulating world of vibrators – where they come from, where they are and where they’re going!
They’re Big –On the Market
The market for vibrators is $1 billion dollars. Yes, I say that with my pinky finger flexed at the corner of my mouth – ONE BILLION DOLLARS! That’s twice what people spend on condoms. So I guess we know where people would rather spend their hard earned cash on…and can you blame them? They are the gift that keeps on giving, after all.
They’re Popular in Times of Hard…ship
During the recession, sales of sex toys skyrocketed. Several reasons contributed to this, including falling prices, discreet in online commerce (Joy Sex Toys Online, anyone?) and the fact that younger people need a release when dealing with stress. Hey, if you’re going to be unemployed, be unemployed with your favorite sex toy.
Not a Threat
Women may be under the impression that a lot of men are threatened by the use of vibrators. That’s simply not true. In fact, 70% of men say they are not threatened by vibrator use by their significant others. What this really means is that most men are secure enough to not be threatened by a silicone dong, and rightly so.
The Kiwi’s Got It Going On
New Zealand has the highest rate of vibrator ownership in the world. A whopping 38% of New Zealanders have this sex toy. That’s 4 out of 10 New Zealander’s proudly waving their sex toy flag.
These pleasure treasures were developed by Victorian doctors in order to cure women of a condition called “hysteria”. That must be Latin for “sexually frustrated” if a big, old orgasm could be the cure. Don’t worry, hysteria isn’t a real disorder – but your boyfriend may not know that.
Take Me to the Hospital
You may have heard the bizarre stories of sex toys landing people in the hospital. Listen, they have recommended uses for a reason. If you’re getting vibrators stuck in your urethra I think that is decidedly outside of the manufacturer’s specifications of use. Proceed with caution, people.
In America, sex toy related injuries have doubled since 2007. It could have something to do with “Fifty Shades of Grey” or, again, people just need to read the directions. Foreign body removal probably isn’t all that fun.
Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
In the US, there are no regulations of sex toys. This means that the chemicals used in your favorite sex toy may not be body safe, so do your own research into what it is you’re buying and if it’s going to lead to a good time or a rash.
The Doctor is In
It turns out that women who use vibrators are more likely to go to the gynecologist for exams. I guess this means that if you’re comfortable taking care of yourself, then you’re comfortable taking care of yourself – if you know what I mean.
Rabbits Originated in Japan
Not the cute fluffy ones, but the vibrating kind! What’s interesting about this one is that at the time, there were laws against vibrators in Japan. So, they disguised them by making them animal shaped and brightly colored. Necessity really is the mother of invention!