2014 is a special kind of year. An anniversary. Forget the party though. The best way to celebrate this one is all by yourself. You’ll be masturbating, by the way, because 2014 is the 30-year anniversary of the very first rabbit vibrator.

It’s a little hard to believe this toy hasn’t been around for, well, ever. Nowadays, rabbit vibrators are just about everywhere, and come in every imaginable size, shape, color and price range. But the very first rabbit vibrator rolled off the assembly line in Japan in 1984.

Why a rabbit? Because sex toys are taboo in Japan, and rabbits are considered good luck. So, according to legend, the cute, vibrant rabbit clitoral stimulator apparently allowed Japanese authorities to overlook the rabbit’s distinctly dildo-shaped shaped shaft, and the toys were shipped to America. By the time U.K. retailer Ann Summers went online in 1999, women everywhere were ready for the rabbit revolution. The store sold 1 million Rampant Rabbits in one year - and they’re still flying off the shelves more than a decade later.

So, rabbit vibrators have history. What's surprising, though, is that although sex toys have evolved and multiplied over the past 30 years, these vibes are still best-sellers. Here are five reasons why so many people still love them.

They’re Double the Fun

OK, folks, here’s a little lesson on female anatomy: There are two, count 'em two, truly explosive female hot spots: the clitoris and the G-spot. Rabbit vibes can stimulate both at the same time. At the very least, a rabbit vibe will provide penetration, which many women enjoy, along with clitoral stimulation. There are clitoral vibrators and penetrative vibrators. Then there are rabbits. When you buy a rabbit, it’s a bit like getting two for one.

They’re Beginner Friendly

When rabbit vibes first appeared on the scene, one of the really appealing things about them for many people is that they looked, cute and cuddly and came in pastel colors. At the time, most of the other sex toys available were, well, dongs. Big, veiny dongs. We’ve got nothing against them, but they aren’t for everyone. Plus, they sort of imply that a sex toy is a replacement penis or, in other words, a replacement for sex with a real, live person. Which it isn’t, rabbit or not. In terms of vibrators, rabbits tend to be easy to use, they tend to have a good range of vibration settings and you can get one relatively inexpensively. If you’re just getting started with dual stimulation, a rabbit’s the classic pick. If you find that penetration isn’t your thing, you can even flip the vibe around and use the rabbit ears as a clitoral stimulator.

Rabbit Ears!

Speaking of rabbit ears, they aren’t just cute (although they are pretty cute), they’re designed to stimulate either side of the clitoris. That’s an important point for many users. The clitoris itself can be pretty touchy - very touchy for some. Introducing vibration indirectly from both sides can be more pleasurable than direct stimulation, and helps spread those vibrations around the vulva, something many vibrators don’t do. For those who like more direct clitoral pressure, there are many newer rabbit-style vibrators (like the LELO Ina) that provide that too. (Discover some amazing facts about female anatomy in Holy Clit, Batman! 9 Amazing Facts About the Clitoris.)

Options, Buttons and Doo Dads Galore

Because rabbit vibrators are so recognizable and so popular, they come with all kinds of features. That means plenty of options to suit your individual anatomy and preferences. Rabbits tends to come in three main shapes: phallic, G-spot and modern. The phallic shape is the more traditional rabbit most people are familiar with, while the G-spot shape offers more of a curve for better G-spot stimulation. More modern versions of the rabbit are more ergonomically designed and tend to replace the traditional rabbit ears with a single, pinpoint stimulator. Everyone’s body is different. Everyone’s preferences are different. Rabbit vibrators offer enough choices to please just about everyone.

It’s a Riot

Rabbit vibrators don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re bright and they’re silly, and some even have features like rotating shafts and multicolored beads. Add that little rabbit bowing reverently with its quivering ears and it’s hard to know whether to orgasm ... or giggle. And while the more modern "rabbit-style" vibrators have taken their figures more seriously, there’s something to be said for the old-fashioned rabbit. After all, isn’t getting off supposed to be fun?

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