Though completely unrelated, let’s hear it for your activism stopping SOPA and PIPA from getting through Congress. Congrats!
I got another one of those exciting packages from Babeland today- why, another sex toy for little ol’ me? Thanks babeland!
Today I’m reviewing “My First Jackrabbit Vibe,” which is one of the most affordable rabbit-style vibrators on the market. “Well, what makes a vibrator ‘rabbit style?’ you might ask.” Looking at this vibe, it becomes immediately apparent that the rabbit is…an actual rabbit. Rabbit vibrators have a unique design to offer both clitoral and vaginal stimulation, with a bullet vibe on the outside and a rotating or vibrating shaft for insertion. The rabbit part comes from the thermoplastic rubber coating on the bullet vibe in the shape of…well, a rabbit. The tall ears amplify the vibrations for a sweet buzzy feeling on your clit.
I can break up my thoughts on this product into a number of categories. Let’s start with:
Packaging/aesthetics: this is usually not a big selling point one way or another for me, but I was not a huge fan of the Rabbit’s wrapping. It has a big picture of Jenna Jameson, a famous porn actress, in a bunny-tail thong and rabbit ears. This was an immediate turn off for me, because the last thing I want my sex toys associated with is the mainstream porn that Jameson is famous for. I’m not trying to be a porn snob, and to each his/her/zer own, but Jameson doesn’t get me in that randy mood. The box looks like it is designed with horny boyfriends in mind much more than the women the product is actually servicing.
Also, the rabbit is BRIGHT PINK. I mean, seen from space bright frickin’ pink. I’m not a huge fan, but I suppose it’s not a breaking point.
Material/Production: The rabbit is coated with Thermoplastic Rubber, which is essentially the phthalate-free version of jelly. That means that it is safe for your nether regions, but it is more porous than your silicone toys, so you ABSOLUTELY MUST use a condom with this to keep it safe and sterile. TPR also melts at higher temperatures, which means you cannot boil this vibe to get it clean. That being said, you really shouldn’t boil anything with electronics inside of it…
The rabbit is made by California Exotic Novelties, a company I’m not particularly fond of, which is a major point against it. In my experience, the company produces much shoddier-quality toys, but gets away with it because of its very low prices. This toy seems fairly sturdy in construction, however, I am still not a fan of the company. One of the reasons I shop at Babeland is that they are a purveyor whose business practices I can get behind: they are socially responsible, engaged with their community, woman and queer-friendly, and overall just a good group of individuals. It surprises me, for exactly those reasons, that they would even stock a toy from CalExotics, which to me is synonymous with bad quality, heterosexism and a bit of sleaze (hence the packaging I find unbecoming and akward). The Babeland associate I work with on these reviews explained to me that they stock this toy as a low-cost option for a rabbit vibrator, which makes sense for those of us on a tight budget, but I’d rather not endorse them. It also upsets me slightly that Babeland’s site does not list the Rabbit Vibe as a CalExotics toy.
Use! As for the part ya’ll actually care about, I wasn’t too impressed with the rabbit. It’s BIG by my standards (about 4 fingers), but not uncomfortable when inserted. The vibrations were nice and buzzy from the rabbit ears bouncing off one another, and it has a high and low speed which I think are more than adequate, but there was a problem of angles. I don’t think 90% of us are built with the right vagina-to-clit ratio for the rabbit vibe to hit both those sensitive membranes at the same time. I had to use my other hand to push the bullet
against my body, which eliminated much of the reverberatory buzzy-ness that makes the rabbit shape particularly nice. At the same time, I didn’t feel like the rotating beads in the shaft of the vibrator did much for me. I could feel them, but it wasn’t stimulating in a particularly exciting way.
The major problem being that when in the throes of ecstasy, I (as many women like me) tend to “clamp down.” This is fine when the object of my affection is flexible, like silicone or fingers, but not so good when I’m squeezing a rather large metal-filled apparatus. Ouch.
In summation, at $39, I’d say the Rabbit isn’t a terribly good buy. The likelihood of it fitting your body is fairly slim, and the sensation from the rotating beads in the shaft left me with a “meh” rather than “WOW.” This is the lower-end pricing for a rabbit vibe, however, so if you really feel compelled to try one, this is probably your best bet.
As always, thanks to Babeland for sending me their products to review, and for being especially responsive with my questions and concerns about this product!
Stay cool, queer kids.