“Best Of” Series: Sex Toys For Him | The Cock Ring

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A few months back, we had a problem. It was a hilarious problem that (probably) couldn’t have existed in any other office: we got a new addition to our PinkCherry line of adult sex toys. That wasn’t the real problem, though. The problem was that this particular sex toy - a really cool purple vibrating cock ring - showed up without a name.  There may have been a miscommunication with our manufacturing buddies; it might have been fate. Regardless, we found ourselves in the very important position of finding a fitting title for our brand new no-name cock ring. The Boss wanted something cute and fun. “Maybe a pun”, he said.

 

We ended up settling on PinkCherry Come Full Purple Vibrating Cock Ring, but not without a fight! When we proudly presented the above result after at least an hour’s worth of office polling, friend texting and pun database scrolling, The Boss decided he’d rather pun the word ‘cock’ or ‘ring’. Challenge accepted! As it turns out though, there are about a million puns for ‘cock’, not so many for ‘ring’. We spent another hour clogging up The Boss’s inbox with (ridiculous) suggestions until he’d finally had enough and agreed to go with ‘Come Full Purple.’ Wise choice, because we could have kept it up all day!

 

We know you want to hear ‘em, so without further ado, please enjoy some of the rejected names for our PinkCherry cock ring. Just add the words ‘PinkCherry Vibrating Ring’ to any of these: ‘It’s a Hard Cock Life’, ‘Cock The Casbah’, ‘We Will Cock You’, ‘Cockin’ On Heaven’s Door’, ‘Rock Around the Cock’, and finally, ‘Between a Cock and a Hard Place.’ Can we just say that we’re so glad these gems are getting their fifteen minutes of fame?

 

In case you couldn’t see it coming, all this cock-talk leads us straight to the subject of today’s blog - the cock ring, penis ring, or love ring, if you prefer.

 

One of the more self-explanatory sex toys and tools in existence, the term ‘Cock Ring’ isn’t exactly onomatopoeia, but the words do give a pretty great visual and functional description of what a cock ring is. It’s a ring for a cock. More specifically, a cock ring is a circular band or strap worn over the base of the shaft of the penis, or over both the base and scrotum/testicles. Certain cock rings can also be worn around the scrotum alone. There are many cock ring styles (lasso, snapping, silicone, leather) and many vibrating versions, but the ‘ring’ in ‘cock ring’ is the similarity that ties them together.

 

Why might one wear a cock ring? For a better boner, of course! Here’s a little more anatomically correct science to back up that overly simplistic answer. A cock ring, if tight enough, constricts the base of the penis. As you probably know, the penis is full of veins. Those veins are part of a very complicated vascular network running from the brain and spinal column through to the pelvis. When a man is aroused/turned on/riled up etc, that vascular network sends lots of blood to the penis, and ta da! Erection. Now, the body has its own mechanisms for keeping all that blood and resulting firmness in the penis, but a cock ring can double down on the effort. Extra constriction à la cock ring prevents blood from exiting the penis – an effect that can be particularly useful during marathon sex or when the body’s natural mechanisms let you down. Safety PSA: a cock ring should never be worn for longer than about 20-30 minutes, for a few grisly reasons that you’re free to Google! To sum up, a cock ring can help keep the penis hard, and that, friends, is something many of us can appreciate.

 

Like most sex toys, the cock ring concept has existed for much longer than you might think. During the Jing Dynasty in China – approximately 1200 AD – men were encouraged to have multiple wives and several concubines. The reason for this was less sexy than necessary; they were trying to produce as many heirs as possible. To sum up: lots of sex was being had. Lots of sex requires lots of erections, and so, as with all products, demand drove supply. Someone came up with the idea of fashioning a ‘ring’ from a material widely available at the time – goat’s eyelid. The lid was tied around the penis in an attempt to keep it hard. Now, while the idea of wearing part of a goat during sex may be a little off-putting to our modern sensibilities, it worked like a charm!

 

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The goat’s eyelid fell out of fashion as a cock ring material eventually, but not before possibly inspiring the clitoral stimulator. We’ll get to that later! Meanwhile, we’re skipping a few decades to the 1600’s, when cock rings were being made from more durable and less gross ivory, jade, precious metals and stone.

 

The cock ring as a sexual tool (and status symbol, sometimes) rolled along, making men, their erections, and their partners happy until the Victorian era. By then, cock rings had penetrated Europe, but they weren’t used for pleasure. Pleasure, to the Victorians, was a sin. Sex was for procreation purposes only, never to be talked about and certainly not enjoyed. As for masturbation, that’d send you straight to hell! Cock rings began to be used as an erection deterrent - they’d be placed on a non-erect penis. If that penis dared to become erect, pain would follow. Some rings were even lined with spikes for extra punishment. Yikes!

 

Luckily, the prudish Victorians soon flounced snootily out of our history books, and the cock ring resumed its purpose as a sex aid and pleasure tool. At the beginning of the 18th century, something happened to help thrust (so to speak) the cock ring into the mainstream – the industrial revolution. Aside from being a turning point for civilization as we know it, this era also gave us vulcanized rubber, a material that not only revolutionized the cock ring, but many vibrators, dildos and butt plugs to come. This new form of rubber could be molded into a now-familiar circular shape, but there was a downside - it was very stiff and not particularly comfortable. When latex rubber was invented in the 1930’s, cock rings could be made much softer and stretchier, and things only got better from there.

 

We can thank the industrial revolution for bringing us the first of the modern day cock rings, but we owe a huge amount of sex positive gratitude to another revolution, the Sexual Revolution. Starting in the 60’s and making its way through to the 80’s, the Sexual Revolution began breaking down traditional societal views about love, gender roles, relationships and sex. People began to rebel against sexual repression and straight-laced ideas about monogamy, pre-marital sex and heterosexuality. Sex was being talked about – loudly! Sex positive literature, art and cinema helped things along, as did some radical (for the time) scholars, psychologists and writers. Moving toward the end of the 80’s, formerly taboo subjects like contraception, sexual health, public nudity, pornography, sex before marriage, homosexuality and the right to choose weren’t being stifled, they were being explored, discussed and debated. More to our cock-ringed point, the middle of the sexual revolution (1971, to be exact) saw the first known sex toy shop open in Canada. Located downtown Montreal, it was called ‘The Garden’, and we’re fairly sure there was a cock ring or two in stock, among other sex toys for men, women and couples. We’d like to take a moment to thank our Canadian sex toy pioneers. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be here, and you wouldn’t be reading these words. From the bottom of our sex toy loving hearts, thank you!

 

Okay, enough history. Let’s talk about cock rings in 2018. Widely available, widely used and wildly enjoyed, everyone’s favourite erection-boosting, pleasure-enhancing tool has been through a few more revolutions since we left that latex version in the 30’s. Many of today’s rings are still made of rubber, but it’s a newer, safer, much nicer-feeling rubber. TPR (thermoplastic rubber) and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) are both cock ring material staples, but we’re seeing more and more in silicone. Silicone has become a gold standard material for adult sex toys thanks to its hypoallergenic, extra hygienic properties and exciting temperature sensitivity. As a nod to those early stone cock rings, some modern day rings come in steel and glass. We won’t give a nod to goat eyelids (sorry!), but we’ll make an exception for the goat’s eyelashes.

 

As it turns out, wives and concubines of goat eyelid cock ring wearers preferred it when the lashes were left intact. There’s a very simple reason for that - while the ring was keeping him hard, the lashes would tickle and stimulate her clitoris. Leaving lashes in the past where they definitely belong, a partner’s pleasure is a major consideration for cock ring users today. Along with all sorts of stimulating bumps, ridges and swells, many cock rings now feature vibration.  The classic vibrating ring holds a mini vibrator up top – sometimes the vibe is removable and slipped into a sleeve, sometimes it’s built right it. More and more vibrating cock rings are rechargeable, so you can forget about batteries (good riddance!). Vibration obviously feels great for a partner - during sex, it buzzes and throbs against outer sweet spots – but it can also feel pretty great for the wearer, too. A standard-issue vibrating ring can be flipped around, letting vibration target his scrotum, shaft or otherwise, but there are plenty of rings that pack two vibrators, one for each of you. Some even boast bunny ears or ticklers to add extra vibrating surface areas.

 

To sum up: we’ve come a long (hard) way from goat eyelids. Materials have changed, features have changed, vibration’s been added and pleasure potential for both partners has been taken into consideration. *Round of applause*. We’ll leave you with an easy (and not at all mathematical) equation: penis x cock ring + a better erection / vibration = really great sex. And really great sex, folks, is what it’s all about. Cock (ring) on!

Melanie Pollock is a Hamilton, Ontario based writer, photographer, trainee beekeeper and long-time PinkCherry product specialist. On an average day, you’ll find her wrestling socks away from her chocolate lab, growing backyard vegetables, and creating weird Spotify playlists.