I got my first Rabbit Vibrator in the late 1990s. There was much excitement about a revolution in vibrators that didn’t only penetrate with a buzzing, plastic cylinder but also vibrated against the clitoris for double pleasure. When my boyfriend at the time gave it to me for my birthday, I couldn’t have been more excited. However, when I think about it now, I remember it as strangely infantile. It came in a pink so vibrant that it made you squint and the silicone was soft and sweetly fragranced, more like the rubbers we used to swap in the playground at primary school.
There was a mould of a cute rabbit on the front, it’s its ears pricked up. And at the base was a collection of small, brightly-coloured plastic balls that rubbed together when it went in a circular motion, making a grinding sound reminiscent of a blender crushing nuts.
Lelo’s Soraya 2 is an entirely different sort of rabbit. When I opened the black box, I couldn’t believe what a beautiful piece of design it was. It should be framed and placed on the wall. Gone is the garish pink faux penis design, with helmet and slightly veined. The shaft of the Soraya is an elegant, smooth sweep of black in firm silicone and the “ears” of the rabbit are a vibrating stimulator angled at 27 and 37 degrees, sculpted by studying women’s anatomy. But even more unusual, it has a line of shiny chrome running down the centre that pools into an egg-shaped hole at the base. It not only looks beautiful but can be pulled out with one hooked finger. I almost didn’t want to use it, but stare at it and hold its satisfying weight in one hand. However, as a reviewer, I was compelled to try out all of its twelve settings, at differing strengths, and give it an honest assessment. Yup. It’s a tough job.
The first night I tested it, notebook in hand, I started with a setting that I’d never come across before. A variable pulse along the shaft and stimulator; sometimes stronger than other times. Its irregularity fascinated me. But once I’d inserted it and turned it on, I realised that it was almost too pleasurable and came within a minute. The following day, I decided to be more careful and to try the different settings in a more coherent fashion. It wasn’t always easy to stay so focused. As you’d expect, there is a setting which just vibrates against the clitoris, one that vibrates along the shaft and one where they both vibrate steadily together. There is one where the vibration switches at an even pace between shaft and stimulator and then a faster one of the same ilk. A rather lovely one where the whole thing vibrates in an ebb and flow, faster and slower, and one where it shifts between the clitoris and the vagina and then one that pulses together, faster. My favourite setting is the first one I tried, and I did try it a few times in case I was just having a particularly aroused sort of day. But there really is something for everyone. You can even use it in the shower if you don’t have much time or the bath if you fancy a few candles and soothing water.
Of all the rabbits I’ve tried in my life, the Lelo Soraya 2 is by far the best. My only lingering query is whether we still need the classic rabbit? For me, the real revolution in sex toys for women has come with the move away from crafting something that looks like a vibrating penis. Lelo was started by women in 2003; they’re an innovative and creative company. Their range of sex toys specifically for women include the Wave, the Silo, and the Enigma; devices that can suck on the clitoris or curl up inside and concentrate the moving against the g-spot rather than vibrating up to the cervix. We are moving away from the binary view that female pleasure centres solely around the male member. It’s a heady world out there and it’s only getting better.