Battery-Operated Boyfriend, Jesse Pinkman, Orgasmatron, Buzz Nightgear or plain old Vibe—no matter the term of choice, the humble vibrator is arguably the best known of all sex toys on the market. Buzzing onto the scene (officially) around the end of the 19th Century, the vibrator started out as a medical device used to treat, among other ailments, the fabled “female hysteria.” Doctors would administer electromechanical stimulation to bring on “hysterical paroxysm,” or what we now know as an orgasm.

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