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Sex Toys that Changed the World

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Updated June 18, 2014

While these sex toys may not have actually changed the world, they did change the sex toy world, and the sexual world view of many of us who are fans of these groundbreaking products. Each of these sex toys offered genuine innovation, something new, and in doing so they made us do something new with ourselves.

Hitachi Magic Wand

Hitachi Magic Wand
Vibratex
As the guillotine was the French Revolution and the couch to psychoanalysis, so the Hitachi Magic Wand is to the sex positive women's movement and more broadly the pro-masturbation movement. Thanks in large part to women like Betty Dodson and to its simple and functional design, the Hitachi Magic Wand remains a bestseller at most high end sex shops and by far the fastest and easiest way to have an orgasm.

Rabbit Pearl

Pearl Rabbit Vibrator from Vibratex
Vibratex
First designed in Japan, this toy and its comrades offered a revolutionary design element, a clitoral stimulator that offered simultaneous vaginal penetration and clitoral stimulation. Through its starring role in a Sex and the City episode, the Rabbit Pearl vibrator has arguably did more for bringing sex toys out of the closet than anything else in the vibrators long and storied history.

Coil Electric Massager

Enter any respectable sex shop or "small appliance" section of your local department store, and you'll find a "coil" electric vibrator that doesn't look much different from the models designed over eighty years ago. This vibrator has no moving parts resulting in a virtually silent but powerful vibration. Dubbed "the parent vibrator" coil massagers allow almost anyone needing privacy a powerful buzz without the questioning knocks on the bedroom door "what's that humming?"

Fleshlight

While sex toys were traditionally marketed to men, the intended end user was usually women, and toys made for men were largely poorly designed and of poor quality. The Fleshlight raised the bar exponentially with a revolutionary material, a practical design, and a marketing campaign that glorified male sexual pleasure without making fun of men or women.

Fukuoku

The Fukuoku revolutionized both vibrator design and sex toy marketing. A lightweight vibrator that fits on the finger and allows for simultaneous skin to skin touch and vibration, the Fukuoku may be the first example of the power of television, women's magazines, and the Internet in grassroots sex toy marketing.

Silicone Dildos

The introduction of silicone dildos represented the first time sex toy customers were put first in the minds of manufacturers. The material was ideal for its intended purpose, easy to clean, warms to the touch, and able to be sculpted and colored in a wide range of options. Scorpio Products" Gosnell Duncan was the first to make these beloved toys available, and he inspiration has been both duplicated and expanded on.

Cyberskin

Cyberskin, a material first created by Topco Sales (and now often imitated) represented another genuine revolution in material, offering a "dual density" material that's firm at the core and soft on the outside, offering a surprisingly realistic feel. The revolution had its limits as the material remains easy to break and difficult to clean, but it was also the first packaging to cite NASA research.

Eros Silicone Personal Lubricant

Eros was the first widely available silicone-based lubricant. Offering a fundamentally different lubrication "feel", silicone lubricant doesn't dry up, is condom compatible, and can be less likely to cause irritation or reaction, all offering a true innovation from traditional water based lubricants. The success of the Eros model can be found in the dozens of companies now manufacturing silicone based lubricants.

The Cone

Truly innovative sex toy design, The Cone vibrator's counter-intuitive shape invites you to re-think how you want to use a vibrator. The Cone is another example of merging good design (high quality silicone, powerful motor) and smart marketing, which has allowed the product to quickly make its way into the shopping carts and bedrooms of sex toy fans around the globe.

Aneros

The first product specifically and carefully designed for prostate stimulation, despite its high cost the Aneros has won a loyal following by delivering on its promise of functionality. Like the Fleshlight before it, the Aneros is also unique for bringing top quality and smart marketing to the men's sex toy market.
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