With the upcoming release of Hysteria from Sony Pictures Classics, everyone is all in a tizzy – or should we say “In hysterics” – about where the vibrator came from, why it was invented, and how it came to be the lovely little masterpiece it is today.As the official partner for the release of Hysteria, we thought we’d help out Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Darcy with a little Vibrator History 101. You can read more about it on our Hysteria page (where you can also enter to our Hysteria contest to win $500 gift card or one of our Hysteria Collection Pleasure Sets). A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE VIBRATOR Victorian Era 1869 – George Taylor, M.D. is credited with patenting one of the first vibrators, a steam-powered invention, the “Manipulator.” 1880 – Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville patents the first electromechanical vibrator. 1902 – The American company Hamilton Beach patents the first electric vibrator available for retail sale. Turn of the Century 1902-1920’s – Vibrators are sold in women’s health and fashion as “home-health” devices. 1920 – The appearance of vibrators in “stag films” lifts the veil on their sexual uses, driving the market underground. Sexual Revolution 1960’s – Vibrators reemerge as pleasure accessories during the sexual revolution. 1977 – Good Vibrations opens its doors, marking the beginning of the clean, well lit “Sex Positive” retail movement. The HBO Era 1998 – Sex and the City puts the ICONIC RABBIT in the spotlight, mainstreaming the conversation of the product. The Age of Jimmyjane 2004 – Jimmyjane launches its Premiere Collection into premium lingerie stores, department stores and design concept shops 2006– Jimmyjane introduces FORM 6, the first truly waterproof vibrator with cordless charging 2009-2011 – Jimmyjane launches the Pleasure to the People Series, expanding the reach and possibilities of the FORM line. 2012 – Sony Pictures Classics releases Hysteria, a film about the invention of the vibrator.
Ever since Dr. Ernst Gräfenberg wrote his paper on the “female prostate” in 1950 (named the G-spot in 1981 - a posthumous honor), scientists have been attempting to prove its existence.As many as half of women report that they derive sexual pleasure and even orgasm from stimulation of the soft spongy tissue about halfway up the front wall of the vagina. That’s good enough evidence for us at Jimmyjane, but it’s not exactly scientific proof. Well, there may have been a new development in the world of female sexology. Adam Ostrzenski, MD, PhD, of St. Petersburg, Florida dissected the vagina of a recently deceased 83-year-old woman and found a tiny structure that he believes to be the ever elusive G-spot. This alleged sexual pleasure center is less than one third of an inch long and is contained in a bluish sac buried deep within the anterior wall of the vagina. This bluish tissue looks like “a tiny bunch of grapes with a white rope-like tail,” as pictured in the photograph. Okay, we’re kidding – those are actually just grapes. However, not everyone in the medical field is convinced. As other professionals in the gynecology field point out, we are not familiar with the sex life of this deceased woman – did she even experience G-spot orgasms? We’ll never know. What’s the Jimmyjane stance on it? While scientific evidence is interesting and potentially useful, it doesn’t play a vital role in the pursuit of sexual pleasure. No matter what doctors and scientists say, only you know what turns you on and gets you off. We encourage women to try stimulating their G-spot and just see if it feels good (you can find tips on how to reach it in our How To Orgasm guide). If it feels good, awesome. If not, no problem – there are plenty of alternative erotic zones and techniques that lead to pleasure. Ostrzenski's report is scheduled to appear in the May issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Source: WebMD
Buying cheap, poorly made, “disposable” sex accessories that end up in the trash after a month of use makes the polar bears cry. Make the polar bears happy this Earth Day and opt for environmentally-friendly, body-safe and socially conscious vibrators, lubricants and condoms.Jimmyjane, Blossom Organics and Sir Richard’s Condom Company have come together for the greater good. Each company was started with the same fundamental belief – since sexual products can significantly impact our planet and our personal wellbeing, manufacturers in the pleasure industry are responsible for quality, safety, accountability and of course, uncompromising excellence. Read more about our environmental commitment and download SAFE SEXY, the Smart Shopper’s Pocket Reference.
It has come to our attention that there are folks out there who unclear on the distinction between a dildo and a vibrator. Around here, we often get questions like “So, how’s work at the dildo factory?” - drawing to mind Lucy toiling away on the assembly line, only with rubbery phalluses wobbling by rather than chocolates. Rest assured, we never make our employees eat our excess inventory, and we don’t make dildos. We make vibrators.The most important differentiating factor in what makes something a vibrator is, well, vibration. Vibrators are motorized massagers, while dildos are phallic-shaped objects that do not move on their own. In other words, a vibrator is not a dildo, unless it’s out of batteries or broken and is simply used for insertion. In that case, you can call your vibrator your dildo – and a bit of a buzzkill. If you’re in that situation, it’s really time to buy a rechargeable vibrator that won’t run out of batteries and won’t break (and if it does, you can take advantage of its Warranty.) Dildos have been around since the dawn of man (or, more importantly, the dawn of woman). Phalluses made of stone have been discovered that age back to 26,000 B.C. Remember Clan of the Cave Bear (the book if you’re all literary, or Darryl Hannah if you’re all soft porny)? Reimagine that sex scene, only this time, insert some accessories. Vibrators, on the other hand, did not come along until the 1800’s, when the technology of the time allowed objects to move on their own. The first vibrator was steam-powered, followed in the 1880’s by Dr. Mortimer Granville’s electromechanical wonder, the “Manipulator.” (Learn all about it in Hysteria, the new romantic comedy from Sony Pictures Classics, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and directed by our friend, Tanya Wexler.) There are lots of lovely dildo options out there, if you are looking for a non-vibrating, insertable sex accessory – from one doubling as a massage tool, to a shimmering vampire penis, to a full-on life-like member in the skin tone of your choice.
Good friend of Jimmyjane, Emily Morse, has a new reality show on Bravo called “Miss Advised.” Here you can see Emily fondling her favorite Jimmyjane on camera. As Emily says on her blog – “FORM 6 has a special place in my heart. It was my first Jimmyjane.”“Miss Advised” premieres this season on Bravo. The reality series follows three relationship experts that “can’t seem to practice what they preach.” We don’t know much about Emily’s taste in dating partners, but we know she has great taste when it comes to her favorite sex accessories. See Emily’s Picks on Jimmyjane. Emily’s radio show and podcast, Sex With Emily, covers taboo topics such as sex, relationships, dating, cheating, marriage, mistakes, lovers and even love. The show launched in August 2005 and quickly garnered a spot on iTunes' "Top 20", remaining there ever since. She is currently working toward a PhD in Human Sexuality.
Have you talked to your grandmother about masturbation lately? Probably not, unless your grandmother is Joani Blank – founder of Good Vibrations and collector of vintage vibrators.Blank’s extensive collection has just been integrated with her company’s to form San Francisco’s first Antique Vibrator Museum. This small gallery is located in the rear of the Good Vibrations Polk Street store. The museum features an eclectic assortment dating back to 1890. Dr. Carol Queen, Staff Sexologist, can give you a historical tour that highlights the invention and functions of early vibrators. The sordid past of the world’s favorite sex accessory – and one of the first domestic electric appliances – gives a unique perspective of the history of female health and sexuality, from the Victorian era to the women’s liberation movement. Where did they find these relics? Mostly at garage sales and from customers cleaning out their grandparents’ attics. Perhaps it’s time to ask grandma about her own collection. You never know, you just might unearth a little piece of electro-mechanical history. Check out the Grand Opening event at the Antique Vibrator Museum this Thursday, April 12th, then peruse the modern delights offered in the store. We can’t promise that our FORM 2 will “Relieve Pain and Give Strength,” but it will definitely deliver the pleasure.
Surprise - the FORM family will not be appearing on the April 1st episode of Family Guy, nor anytime soon. At least, not to our knowledge.
It was just a prank (though not a bad idea, really!)See our announcement that fooled a few suckers.
In our culture of planned obsolescence it’s rare to find products that are built to last a lifetime. Seasonal upgrades may have their place in fashion and technology, but when it comes to the products that engage our sexuality, there is no place for poorly made vibrators that break before you can say ohmygod.That’s why more and more people choose to invest a bit more on a quality product today and save themselves the time and money it will cost tomorrow to replace it. But time and money are not the only resources saved – products that last also reduce material consumption, energy consumption and landfill. When Jimmyjane introduced our one year warranty back in 2005, we were the first in the industry to do so, and we've since inspired others to follow our lead. In 2009, we tripled our commitment to quality and enduring pleasure – but our Three Year Limited Warranty is just the beginning. Can a vibrator truly last forever? If the material is wear-proof and the motor is replaceable it can come pretty close. LITTLE SOMETHING and LITTLE CHROMA and made with medical-grade anodized aluminum and precious metals. And with their patented Replaceable Motors, these vibrators might last a lifetime, or more. How lucky your grandchildren will be when they find out what they’ve been bequeathed.
As we discussed a couple weeks ago, the landscape of vibrator design is constantly changing and improving, like a caterpillar turning to a beautiful, electronic, pleasure-inducing butterfly.So what does that mean for you, the savvy customer? It means that while it’s easier to find high-quality, well-designed vibrators, it’s harder to decide which one is best for you. Here are three places to start your quest for the perfect sex accessory – power, durability and “wow.” Power – For many, more power means more pleasure. The intensity of a vibrator depends on the type, quality and quantity of motors, and the power source that drives them. Look for a vibrator with a digitally controlled precision motor (or two) to get the strongest vibrations with the lowest sound levels and longest battery life. Durability – A vibrator should last several years, never just a few months. Look for companies that stand by their products with multi-year warranties and convenient, responsive customer service. Choose products made of body-safe, medical-grade materials that won’t deteriorate or break. Wow – The most important factor (and the hardest to define) is “Wow.” Wow is the end result – an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. As vibrator designers, we know it’s what’s inside that counts – the materials, technologies and engineering that go into creating an exceptional product. As a customer, you know all that matters in the end is how your chosen companion feels to you and that it’s safe for your body and the planet. Wow encompasses all of that. Now go wow yourself.
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