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Okay, this article is begging the question: What kind of "educational purposes" are legal in Texas? - Sekicho 22:08, Nov 13, 2004 (UTC)
Needs some information telling male users of such devices can permanently desensitize the penis.
Educational purposes are usually for teaching proper method of condom use. Also, "types of vibrators" include strap-on's? Commking
Why do people need educating in putting condoms onto vibrating phalluses?? --Sillylizard 20:54, 5 Jun 2005 (UTC)
See Dildos in Texas law. But what about the links at the bottom of this page - are they linkspam? They are nearly all comercial. Trollderella 19:08, 26 August 2005 (UTC)


I had to remove (spaces added):

To be able to save the page, somebody put it on the spamfilter, it needs to be removed. —Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 00:33, 25 October 2005 (UTC)

Just to note that it's been readded now. — Matt Crypto 17:44, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

Antique vibrator museum[edit]

Though on a commercial site, the link to Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum is significant in that it is a notable collection of antique vibrators which corresponds to a physical museum display that is a San Francisco tourist attraction and a point of reference for those interested in the history of vibrators. The Good Vibrations collection has been cited by the media and travel sites, including Slate * Slate and the [1]. San Francisco Chronicle] and assorted tourist guides. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 21:42, 23 June 2006

I personally always like having two options for external links, especially when their coverage differs significantly (Good Vibrations has a broader cross-section in time, while the other seems to cover different mechanisms better), but what do other editors think of the link in question? I don't trust Bigsexyguide's judgement in the matter, as he seems to simply want to remove competitor's links from Wikipedia while adding his own. The above anon comment resolves to the Bay Area, and so could be affiliated with Good Vibrations. Does anyone else have an opinion on the link? — Laura Scudder 03:37, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Back Massage[edit]

Perhaps I'm niave, but I think some people really do use some vibrat ors for back and muscle masage. Some of them just don't look feasable as masturbatory devices (for either gender, perhaps I'm not imaginative enough), but DO provide very strong deep tissue vibration, expecially in the back and neck.

Also I won't deny the sexual uses of vibrators, but there are about 100 other uses for them as well, like mechanical power supply vibrators that turn DC into AC in old vacuum tube devices. (Which is what I was looking for). This article needs some expanding.

P.S. That thing about bringing some women to orgasm is true. As Bush would say, "It's hard work!" Wiki Tiki God 01:06, 24 November 2005 (UTC)

Historical Medical Uses?[edit]

Does anyone know about vibrators used to treat "hysteria" in female psych patients?? Is this fact or myth? (About to look it up) 16:12, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

It's a very well-documented fact. There is a good deal of sociological and historical scholarly interest in hysteria recently, and female hysteria is trying to cover this. — Laura Scudder 15:28, 24 February 2006 (UTC)

Suggest splitting out erotic uses vs non-erotic uses[edit]

I think that erotic-use vibrators are such a different topic that it would be a good idea to move the erotic-use stuff to a sub-article. Any thoughts? — Matt Crypto 17:42, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

Agree. Just split it into erotic vibrator. --minghong 03:41, 18 January 2006 (UTC)
Perhaps splitting industrial use away from theraputic use. I would argue that theraputic would include erotic, but perhaps there's a better name for the non-industrial use. dreams User:dreams 20:31, 3 February 2006 (Pacific) how do you auto sign?
We could just split out the erotic stuff, and keep non-erotic therapeutic and industrial uses here. If we get lots of material on non-erotic therapeutic use, we could split that out, too. (P.S. You can autosign by using four tildes in a row, that is, ~~~~). — Matt Crypto 16:27, 4 February 2006 (UTC)
I think it should be split. I'm sure the erotic vibrator is what most people are looking up when they do a search on "vibrator". However, the term industrial "ball vibrator" is always going sound dirty these days no matter how much the articles are split. Bige1977 07:25, 24 February 2006 (UTC)
I'm with Bige1977 in thinking that most people who type in just "vibrator" are expecting the erotic ones. If so then the erotic vibrators should stay here if the article's split. — Laura Scudder 15:33, 24 February 2006 (UTC)


What's the name for the vibrator used as a 'vocal-chord' replacement? ie, for people with injuries. Also, other vibrator musical uses should be added.

I ment things like a Mechanical larynx, eg servox, could someone add a paragraph?Oyd11 16:01, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

Cornell University[edit]

I removed a reference to a local scandal and a link to an incomprehensible article, as they refer only to parochial concerns rather than adding to the sum of knowledge on this subject. Scarlett McQueen 7 May 2006 (UTC)

Why has all the technical info been removed over time?[edit]

I was suprised to just see "erotic" vibrators in this article, and in selecting the history at randowm, I see that it used to contain, much more interesting uses of the term, (compators for constuction, joggers for paper, cell phone allert devices (including pictures) and the application I think of forvibrator, a switching device for a battery operated power supply, example battery operated radios...

Why the single mainded persuit of one fringe application? cmacd 02:01, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

There is a lot of vandalism on Wikipedia. There may not be anyone who cares to watch the vibrator article and defend the non-erotic content. I discovered that some electronic vibrator material had been added and deleted when I was following up on material the same editor added to the Motor-generator article. I added non-erotic material to the vibrator article not realizing that other such material had been removed. I am not really interested in defending the vibrator article. Another editor has suggested making vibrator a disambiguation page linking to several other articles. --C J Cowie 22:02, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

split article[edit]

This article covers several tangentially related subjects. Splitting into separate articles, perhaps as

  • vibrator (electronic)
  • vibrator (industrial)
  • vibrator (sensual)
  • vibrator (signaling device)

When Johnny prints the article for the electronics inverter-style device, it probably isn't expected for the margins to be filled with dildo photos. — EncMstr 21:42, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

AGREE. Being an old timer, when I think of Vibrator I think of pre-1960 car radio. (before the hybrid ones with the 12 volt plate tubes) Some of the other uses are not sutable for display at work. cmacd 14:05, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
AGREE - Bemoeial 17:47, 16 September 2006 (UTC)

There looks to be recent total agreement with splitting the article and also to a less ambitious split proposal earlier this year. I'll do what I can to retrieve deleted content, especially for the non-erotic uses. Reading the earlier comments, it looks like a few additional uses exist. Don't know if they're worthy of a separate article, but I'll take a stab.

  • vibrator (compactor) – used in construction for stabilizing grading materials
  • vibrator (electronic) – mechanical component common before 1970s transistors to step up voltage like a modern inverter
  • vibrator (erotic) – intended for sexual stimulation
  • vibrator (industrial) – material processing sorting
  • vibrator (paper) – aligns a stack of sheets
  • vibrator (signaling device) – a quiet indicator in pagers and cell phones and in user interfaces (games, simulators) to add sensory experience
  • vibrator (sensual) – therapeutic and massage

EncMstr 20:07, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

OK. I did my best, I split the article into three parts. But I'm sure this will need a bit of work. Please have a look at all three if you can. ike9898 02:50, 15 October 2006 (UTC)