Not all rabbit vibrators are created equal. In fact, rabbit vibrators are just a descriptive term for a sub-category of dual action vibrators, which are designed for simultaneous vaginal penetration and clitoral stimulation. Rabbit vibrators have become extremely popular in no small part because of the feature role the Rabbit Pearl captured in an episode of "Sex in the City." But there is a world of difference between a genuine Japanese rabbit vibrator and a cheap knock off.
History of Rabbit VibratorsThe story I’ve heard from several sex toy industry veterans is that it was one Japanese sex toy manufacturer who invented the rabbit. Before him, all vibrators were cylindrical and straight. They could be used for penetration or for external stimulation, but never both at once. This particular manufacturer knew that most women need clitoral stimulation to have an orgasm. He also knew that women and their partners would sometime use their fingers to add clitoral stimulation during sexual intercourse. He decided to put a “finger” on the shaft of a vibrator to add clitoral stimulation. Visually, he drew on the Japanese tradition of having spirits and animals carved on sexual objects; instead of putting an actual finger on the vibrator, he used a rabbit, creating the first rabbit vibrator.
Choosing Rabbit VibratorsHere are a few of the differences between rabbit vibrators, and things to consider before you buy.
Size of shaft: You can get rabbit vibrators with shafts of different diameters. Keep in mind that to feel the clitoral stimulation, you will usually have the shaft all the way in, so make sure you pick a size that’s comfortable (even as you’re getting turned on).
Beads or no beads: Classic rabbit vibrators have beads in the shaft, which rotate as the shaft rotates. Many women find the feeling of the beads around the vaginal opening to be very pleasurable. Some also find that the beads, when positioned in the right way, can stimulate the g-spot. Rabbit vibrators that have a perfectly straight shaft with beads don’t provide as intense stimulation as those where the beads stick out a bit on the shaft, creating a kind of bulge.
Style of vibration: Rabbit vibrators usually come with separate controls for the speed of vibration in the rabbit and the speed of rotation of the shaft. Some allow you to change the direction of the rotation, and others come with pulsating and escalating type vibration. For most people, the standard variable speed controls are sufficient, and buying a non-Japanese, poorer quality rabbit vibrator with more bells and whistles isn’t necessarily the best use of your money.