Vibrators are, without a doubt, the most universally recognized sex toy. Imagine if someone asked you what first came to mind when they said the words ‘sex toy’; chances are, it would be a vibrator. Dating back to the 19th century, the electric vibrator was created to treat multiple medical symptoms for women and men alike, including housewives and war veterans. The most common medical treatment that electric vibrators were used for was pain relief, and also female hysteria, where a medical professional would massage a woman’s genitals until she climaxed. This practice, considered stress relief, was acceptable because it was not considered sexual due to the fact that penetration was not involved.
Over the years, technology expanded on this concept, and continued to manufacture new kinds of electric vibrators. An easily recognizable vibrator that skyrocketed in popularity during the 1970s is the original Hitachi Magic Wand. Since its design is a non-assuming body/back massager, it likely went undercover and was unrecognizable as a pleasure product to the naked eye. Since then, the doors have blown wide open for personal sextoys. Other types of vibration technology that have evolved with the times include bullet vibes, dildo vibrators (phallic shaped), the classic body massager, G-spot vibrators, rabbit-style vibrators (brought onto the mainstream by one infamous episode of Sex And The City), hands-free vibrators, and even Bluetooth controlled vibrators, which can be operated with an App from just about anywhere in the world. This day and age in the sex toy world, if you can think it, it exists...and it probably vibrates!