The Beloved Rabbit: A Breakdown
Masturbation May is Marching on! In all the discussion of self love, we would be remiss not to honor a gold standard in masturbatory pleasure. I’m talking about the almighty “rabbit.”
The rabbit-style vibrator is one of the most iconic sex toy styles and known for its internal and external stimulation.
In this article we will briefly cover what it is, its history and presence in the collective sexual consciousness. Plus we’ll tell you all about our current favorite.
What is the “rabbit” exactly?
A rabbit vibrator is a dual stimulation sex toy that vibrates and sometimes rotates. What is unique about the rabbit is the shape. The toy has a phallus-shaped insertable portion and the smaller portion is a clit stimulator attached to the shaft. The clit stimulator is typically shaped so that the bunny ears tickle the clitoris to amp up the pleasure.
Here’s how it works: “The rabbit-shaped stimulator is held near the clitoris, while the shaft is taken into the vagina, offering deep, ‘all around’ stimulation.” This can result in a “blended” orgasm. Rabbit vibes “are designed to give more intense sensations than the more traditional dildo or clitoral stimulator, by providing simultaneous vaginal and clitoral stimulation.”
The History of the Rabbit
It was over 20 years ago that the “rabbit” vibrator first made an appearance in our sexual lexicon. The entrance happened in an episode of Sex and the City. In the episode entitled “The Turtle and the Hare,” Charlotte got a rabbit vibrator and became addicted to masturbating. An addiction to which I am sure some of us can relate especially now, in the midst of a pandemic. This rabbit addiction/phenomena is depicted in an obscure UK mockumentary called “Rabbit Fever,” a little-known UK mockumentary, “depicting women who found the world’s best-selling vibe so addictive that they literally couldn’t stop using it”.
How did the rabbit come to be named? Well, the original manufacturer back in the ‘80s was trying to get around Japanese obscenity laws so depicting animals and bright colors was the name of the game. Originally, the rabbit was called the “Rabbit Pearl.” The manufacturer settled on the animal/name “rabbit” because, “the rabbit is a lucky charm in Japan.” Here is a good explanation of the name’s history:
These dual stimulation vibrators get their name from Vibratex’s prototypical original, the Rabbit Pearl. Released in decades ago in 1984, the Rabbit Pearl had small, soft bunny ears on its external portion that fluttered and flickered on either side of the clit as the toy vibrated, and a row of rotating beads on its shaft designed to pleasure the G-spot or vagina. Modern iterations of the rabbit vary considerably. Whether it’s for sentimentality or for its unabashed cute-factor, rabbit vibrators have managed to retain their original name.
As cute as the name is, there is a reason the rabbit has lasted so long – it gives women so many “oh, shit!” orgasms!
Just like the real thing, they’ve multiplied
Since the mid-1980s the rabbit has taken on many different variations from different sources and has been touted by celebrities such as Oprah and Eva Longoria.
There are so many different types of rabbit vibes out there and you can tell how many options there are just by the fact that Amazon has assigned them their own category. The variations abound for dis widdle wabbit! Typically, the differences are in size, shape and slight differences in function: “Some have clitoral stimulators that look more like fingers or nubs, while others have shafts that move, rotate or thrust.”
Our current fave rabbit: The Lioness
What makes the Lioness so special as a rabbit (despite the “cross species” name)? Well let’s count the ways…
First, the Lioness has sensors in it that you can sync to your phone and see graphs of data based on your experience. You can learn how to have an orgasm from both internal (g spot) and external (clitoral) stimulation. “[W]ith feedback from the vibrator’s vaginal contraction and positioning sensors, they can try things and immediately see how their body reacts.” Check out this detailed page of people’s experiences with the Lioness.
Second, it packs a punch! With a roaring speed for a rabbit-style vibrator, this toy gets you where you need to go…fast and intense! Your previous orgasms will seem like little lambs compared to this lioness. The company is women-led and boasts over 30,000 orgasms given by their product. The website states:
Meticulously made by badass women engineers, designers, health care experts, and dreamers. Lioness brings patented technology never before seen outside of research labs.
Finally, the Lioness has this cool thing called a travel lock. This means no embarrassing buzzing from your travel bag (once we all get to fly again).
And now you know more about this top-selling masturbation toy! The friendly rabbit continues to amaze, pleasure and astound its owners and without having to feed it carrots. Consider hopping on over to your browser to shop for one of these babies – with this cutely-named sex toy you will feel your pleasure shoot through the roof!
Emily Anne is a bestselling author, sex coach and educator, who specializes in helping people expand their sexual horizons through BDSM and kink. When she’s not obsessively talking about sex, she’s hiking through the Hollywood Hills. Get some sexy education on her Instagram feed!