Vibrator History & Myths

One may have thought a sex toy vibrator was a relatively new creation but you would be wrong.  Vibrators have been used for over a century and were originally designed by physicians who used them to make women orgasm without the need to use their fingers.  It was originally designed as a pain relief for female patients and also to take the hard work of teaching females patients how to enjoy sex and pleasure themselves.  The first recorded use was at the Salpêtrière hospital in Paris in 1878, with Romain Vigouroux cited as the inventor, however their is argument that English physician and inventor Joseph Mortimer Granville was the original inventor claims of which are further made in his book written in 1883 where he describes the instrument as

a modern electromechanical vibrator that Nerve-vibration and excitation as agents in the treatment of functional disorder and organic disease”

They were used for treating a wide variety of ailments in women and men including hysteria, arthritis, headaches, wrinkles, constipation, amenorrhea, inflammations, sexual dysfunction, pain relief and tumors.  The creation was a respected medical device that was treated and accepted with the same respect as a stethoscope,  As the vibrators began to decrease in size in the early 1900’s the vibrators were sold in mainstream stores along with other electrical household goods, for their supposed health and beauty benefits.  Advertising was allowed in newspapers, on radio and realistically in any media available.  They were an accepted in most households and there was no stigma attached to their uses, including for masturbation and considered an technologically advanced product.

It wasn’t until the 1920’s that the purchase and advertising of vibrators was removed from the mainstream.  This followed as a result of the advertising becoming more risque and their use in pornographic film and pictures.  The Churches and prudes of society began to frown upon the availability and possession of the humble vibrator as it was an instrument of pleasure, and it was deemed a sin to pleasure oneself.  Vibrators were taken off the shelves of electrical stores and their availability was restricted to sale to the public through mail order from ‘adult’ publications or from medical supplies (as they were still used by Doctors and Therapists).  From being found in every other household they were now hidden in dark closet, the garage of thrown away. Production of vibrators had gone from being a booming industry with many producers to a few.

It was not until the late 60’s with the revolt by the ‘younger generation’ towards conservative values and with the advent of the ‘sexual revolution’ that the demand for the humble vibrator began to reappear.  In 1966 a patent was granted to Jon Tavel for the “Cordless Electric Vibrator for Use on the Human Body”.  There was little confusion as to what the device was to be used for and mass production began in 1968.  Many different forms of vibrators were created over the years until the ‘sex toy boom’ of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  They were featured in mainstream films and movies such as ‘Sex and The City’ and the possession and use was no longer thought to be wrong or taboo.  The development of the adult vibrator has continued and there are now literally thousands of different one’s available made in all colors and different materials.

Adult Toys are available online, mail order, in shops at all price points in the Western World however in some Countries it is still illegal to possess a sex toy.  Many middle eastern Countries, even surprisingly in India a country that manufactures them.  In any event, if you wish to improve your sex life be it solo or with a partner a vibrator is a great sex aid for the modern world.  A consumer is able to choose one in a size and shape that suits the.  They are now an accepted device to aid your sexual health and lifestyle and is a product that should be embraced for it physical and mental reliefs.



Happy Women With Vibrator


Myth: Using a vibrator decreases sensitivity over time, therefore I won’t have orgasms as easily.
Fact: really, it’s the other way round. As we age, we have a tendency to get less blood flow to the clit and vagina, and also the vaginal walls get thinner. Most folks want additional arousal time and longer to achieve climax when we’re aroused. Vibrators enhance sensitivity by increasing blood flow to the sex organ quickly and powerfully, and by directly stimulating the clit. (The clitoris is our #2 pleasure hot spot — #1 is our brain!)

Myth: If I take advantage of a vibrator, I’ll find myself preferring it to my partner.
Fact: Not a chance. A vibrator might offer you faster orgasms (that’s what it’s created for, after all), however it doesn’t cuddle well or kiss or laugh, and pillow talk with a vibrator is admittedly boring. It either buzzes or it doesn’t. It’s a boring companion — except once you want a sexual assist.

Myth: My male lover says I ought to reach sexual climax “naturally” and do not need a sex toy.
Fact: I hate those “should’s.”. Let him know that wherever his phallus contacts you throughout intercourse vs. wherever your clit resides. And once he arouses you manually, which I hope he will, indicate that he’s less possible to get carpal tunnel syndrome from your long arousal time if he uses a vibrator in fore play. That’s right, it’s not a selection between him or it — create it a threesome: the two of you together using the vibrator.

Myth: Sex toys will cause harm to your body.
Fact: Those people who would rather not use sex toys use a range of arguments for why they’re unhealthy. They’re addictive , their weird, and if you use them you’ll ruin yourself for “real sex”. For starters, “real sex” is what an individual wants – not what is dictated. Also, there’s no proof whatsoever that sex toys will damage or hurt your sexual sensitivity or genitals.

Fact:  Your vibrator wont cheat on you

Fact:  You vibrator will not come home drunk, not be able to perform and make a mess you have to tidy up.

Fact:  You will never be sorry you woke up next to your vibrator, the debt collectors wont be looking for your vibrator and you will never have to meet the vibrators in-laws.

This is why we love vibrators!





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Roulla was a contributor on the adultsmart blog in 2014. She has since returned to her homeland in Greece where she has taken up a career in hairdressing. We wish her well.

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