The History of the Vibrator

There is a wonderful urban legend that says Egyptian queen Cleopatra ordered her servants to fill a carved out gourd with bees to stimulate her genitals, with the rhythmic buzzing inside the base turning the hollow gourd into a makeshift vibrator.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that this legend is probably fake, but it does shed light on a truth we all know: That women have always desired sexual pleasure and sought means to satisfy themselves with a little help from some creative tools.

Flash forward to today, when the vibrator is the crux of every woman’s sex toy collection; it is her trusty go-to tool. Yet what do we really know about vibrators? How did these things come about, if not for Cleopatra and her insect-gourd? Here, we trace the history of the vibrator, dating all the way back to prehistoric times.