Editor’s Note: Full disclosure, kittens: this review was done with a product that was gifted to me by Eden Fantasys, one of our soon-to-be advertisers! Also, possibly NSFW images after the cut.
The vibrator: darling companion, feminist fuck toy, and historical chameleon. How can I sing your praises?
We humans are a creative and inventive species. Sex toys have been around for almost as long as we have and, I must say, our current playthings’ long-ago ancestors are quite stunning. However, given the curve of history (lo and behold, the agricultural revolution and the cultural spread of a predominantly white, Christian, male, not very sex friendly attitude), for a while, sex toys took a backseat. Bright minds found ways around it, looking to cure hysteria through pelvic massage, “hysterical paroxysm,” and other such dressed-up methods. The Victorian era in America and Britain proved that sexual pleasure (shhhh…) could be achieved through devices with names like The Stimulax Junior or Dr. Macaura’s Pulsocon Blood Circulator. There was so much gusto thrown into the vibrator as a “personal health item,” that it became the “fifth domestic appliance to be electrified, after the sewing machine, fan, tea kettle, and the toaster.” Sadly, someone finally caught on to the vibrator’s purpose after catching one in a Victorian porn film, and they all but disappeared from the public eye during the 1920s. It wasn’t until the 1960s, a time of “sexual revolution” and feminist rising, that the vibrator made its way back into the public eye with a little creation known as the “Cordless Electric Vibrator for Use on the Human Body.” Consider it the “we ain’t ever going back” moment in personal sexual satisfaction history.
Flash forward to the present: all in all, we are getting to a point where sex toys are less of a turning red, taboo purchase, and more a part of most people’s sexual lives. It’s a good thing, too, because there are just so many good toys out there. What better way to further the open dialogue, than to talk about which sex toys we love the most? I consider it my personal duty, and pleasure, to be able to do so.
Today, we are going to focus on the Rabbit, specifically, the Waterproof Jack Rabbit. The Rabbit was originally created in the ’90s by a company called California Exotics as a response to the rising demand for more women-friendly sex toys. Its design was really one of a kind; it featured both a dildo shaft and a clitoral stimulator (cleverly disguised as a bunny), pearls for a deeper, “all around” stimulation of the vaginal canal, and a control for both vibrator speed and shaft speed, resulting in stimulation from one, or both at the same time. Here’s a demo of one of the original Jack Rabbit models:
I’m a sucker for pretty pink vibrators, it appeals to my (supposedly wrong) womanchild. Honey, you’ll have to pry my pretty and well-designed vibrator from my cold dead hands, because I like an aesthetically pleasing and beautiful sex toy. In my mind, a sex toy is just as much a piece of art as it is a toy. It serves a dual purpose of looking good, while looking like something you want to use sexually. Others might not identify as heavily with pink and sparkles, most of us like something that looks good and looks like it feels good. It signifies “Yes, I want to stick that in one of my many places I can stick things.” So while some dismiss these little perks as mass marketing or diluting the nature of the sex toy to seem less intimidating, I can’t help but think, “Isn’t that what we want? More people using sex toys because they are approachable?” You can decide that one for yourselves, kittens.
But on to the Rabbit. If you are a newbie to vibrators, I am unsure about recommending this one. It has a larger shaft compared to its cousins, the Silly Rabbit or Mood Seductive. The Rabbit that most people are familiar with is a wee touch larger and, depending on your level of comfort, might be more suitable for experienced users. I’ll admit that when I turned that baby on, I thought “good god, is that going to fit?” But fit it did. The three-speed action counts for both the clitoral stimulation and the shaft rotation. With shaft rotation, most of the movement comes from the head of the vibrator, while the balls within the shaft also rotate. I will say, with a bit of sadness, even with laser phasers set to three (the highest speed), I didn’t feel too much in regards to internal movement. Combined with the bunny ears clit stimulator though, it makes for a nice package. When just using clit stimulation, the size of the shaft makes it a bit awkward, so my perfect combo was all speeds set at the highest notch.
The waterproof design makes this Rabbit easy to take beyond the bedroom. However, after reading a few reviews, and doing a lil bit of research, it turns out that this particular Rabbit is made with a jelly (see care tips here) that contains poly-vinyl chloride or PVC (read more of PVC and why its harmful with Dangerous Dildos pt. 1 & pt. 2). PVC products do break down and can be absorbed by your soft tissues. Most reviewers used a condom if they knew they had a serious allergy or were affected by the jelly. I didn’t have any after effects and everything felt normal post use, but there is a movement in the sex toy industry to get more toys made with more body-friendly, non-toxic materials like silicone.
This doesn’t discount the Rabbit’s appeal. As a lady who likes my sex toys on the smaller side, I did enjoy the Rabbit. It holds a place in our collective conscience and if you say “the Rabbit,” much like the word “Hitachi,” in a room full of ladies, I guarantee they will know exactly what you are talking about. One only needs to remember Sex and The City to understand how the Rabbit has moved into the realm of the popular. It also symbolizes a new jump into sex toys that are about what women need, like g-spot stimulation, clitoral stimulation, and penetration. The Rabbit also made sex toys look good. I’ll admit, there are some sex toys out there that I instantly know I’m not going to use because they don’t look like they feel good. Not just personal taste, but by design. So I’m giving the Rabbit a thumbs up on feel, design, and end product (because hell, that’s why we are here, right?). My two criticisms of the Jack Rabbit are: 1. shaft speed and the balls that aren’t completely felt (though each Rabbit varies in its pearls/balls feel), and 2. (my bigger problem) the PVC issue. While change doesn’t come overnight, the movement to bring more non-toxic, silicone toys to the market (note: California Exotics is already on the bandwagon and bringing more silicone toys in) is happening, and it is something that needs to be taken into consideration. The idea of burnt vaginas or assholes makes this lady shudder, especially if it comes post-sexual pleasure.
So kittens, the only thing left to do is to try it out for yourself and let us know what you think. Until then, happy rabbit hunting!
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