Vibrators Of The Past

People don't really notice how unacceptable it was to have a vibrator hidden in your nightstand drawer "back in the day." And by "back in the day," I even mean the 1970s. Vibrators were accepted sooner than dildos even. It was just taboo to have a fake penis that didn't even look like a penis inside of you, self pleasuring yourself.

As we started to grow and learn as a society, many fenimists and sexual activists fought to make it okay to walk into a sex store and get a variety of products: Gags, Rope, Floggers, Whips, Vibrators, Butt Plugs, Dildos, etc. The first sex shop didn't actually open until the 1970s. Now, there are thousands, perhaps millions, of sex stores all around the world. There's a block full of 'em in Paris (being 16 at the time, I thought it was hilarious).


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Now, if you compare the oldest vibrators to the newest, you'll notice how body safe and luxorious they are.

They were disguised as medical devices back in the 1900s. The entire reason why vibrators were banned, despite already being made, was because of the porn industry. Film was made in the late 1800s, and porn followed a year after. Sex wasn't okay back then, people filming it was beyond unacceptable. Vibrators were used in a film, so, they were banned from the public.

Instead of women being able to pleasure themselves, they had to go to a doctor to get a massage around their pelvic area. Yes, it was a real thing! The Victorian doctors called the condition for well-heeled ladies "hysteria." "Hysteria" was so termed after the Latin hystericus, meaning "of the womb" and was apparently characterised by "weeping, nymphomania, frigidity, melancholia and anxiety", afflictions believed to stem from a "disorder of the uterus". Eventually, doctors were (literally) tired of it. They were the ones to invent this ancient vibrator.

These are anything but sleek looking, I much prefer the modern vibrators.

After the negative feedback that society had on vibrators (not the users), vibrators vanished from the market in the 1920s. They didn't come back until the 1960s.

The first vibrator to emerge was in 1966, "Cordless Electric Vibrator for Use on the Human Body." That's a long ass name. As vibrators were still unacceptable, it had to have a code name, basically. Instead of "for the clitoris, g-spot (did they even know about the g-spot back then?), vagina" they had to use the term "human body," just so it wasn't blunt and out there. It was designed to look like a flashlight, so it couldn't be rejected, because how else could a flashlight be used (fleshlights). A lot of them were classified as "massagers," making it acceptable for retail because of course vibrators wouldn't ever exist again!

Only 1% of women owned/used a vibrator back in the 70s.

Still, pretty scary looking.

As the 80s, 90s and the 00s past, vibrators were the biggest sex toy out there. Now, there are thousands of different types - ones made for the clit, g-spot, and even for anal use for dudes (and women).

Let's just appreciate how easy we have it to reach an orgasm now, ladies. And how lovely vibrators look today.