"Buzzy" vs. "Rumbly" Vibrators and Which One is Best for You

Few of us were taught the intricacies of vulva anatomy. While your high school anatomy lesson may have covered the basics, enough to pass the tests... did you learn enough to truly understand the intricacies of what lies beneath? Were you taught that sex could be pleasurable? Did you even learn what a vulva is? 

The vulva is your external sexual organ. When you refer to your vulva as a vagina, it's like referring to your face as your mouth. A vagina is a part of the sexual organ but does not include all of the other parts, like your clitoris, clitoral hood, or inner and outer labia. 

While anatomy might not strike you as the most exciting subject, understanding vulva genital anatomy is key to helping people with vulvas reach their sexual potential. It is a roadmap to orgasm.

We've partnered with Je Joue, a luxurious, sex-positive sex toy company, to share some essential facts on vulva anatomy, choosing a vibrator, and why Je Joue's vibrators are an excellent choice. 



Because of our penis-centric view of sexuality, the vagina has been the star of the female genital show for years. However, we are finally starting to see this shift. Through the 20th and 21st centuries, as feminism has rumbled and raged, women are beginning to realize that something essential is missing from the conversation: the clitoris. In the 1990s, Helen O'Connell studied the clitoris and how it plays a role in pleasure. O'Connell's efforts, among others, have brought the clitoris to the forefront of conversations around women's sexual pleasure. 

When we talk about the clitoris, most of us think of that small, visible 'button' that hangs out at the top of our labia. (This 'button,' or glans, contains 8,000 nerve endings—that's more than twice as many as the head of the penis!) And, while this is the clitoris, it is far from all of it.

Ninety percent of the clitoris is internal—so that little button we see is only 10 percent of the organ. So, the clitoris is actually not small at all; it's more like an iceberg than a button, and that little, visible part is just the tip of it. The internal structure of the clitoris surrounds much of the area near the opening of the urethra and continues to sweep around the vagina.

This is why more and more women these days say that the whole concept of "G-Spot" pleasure is a myth—because it's merely the stimulation of the clitoris through the wall of the vagina. This would also mean that vaginal orgasms are a myth—and that all orgasms are, in fact, clitoral.

The clitoris also becomes erect when stimulated (yep, people with vulvas get erections, too!). Clitorises range from seven to twelve centimeters in length and swell by 50 to 300 percent when engorged. The closer we get to orgasm, the more the clitoris becomes engorged.

As if you needed any more convincing, over 75 percent of women require clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm. This fact gets massively distorted by the porn industry's depiction of female pleasure. Yes, we people with vulvas need more than 30 seconds of thrusting to reach orgasm.

Because it took us years to uncover a fuller anatomical understanding of the clitoris, we're also still playing catch-up with clitoral pleasure. But one thing we know for sure is this: to have a fun, fulfilling, pleasure-filled sex life as a person with a vulva, you have to understand—and pay a whole lot of attention to—your clitoris. And, if you have lovers or a partner with a clitoris, you'd better start paying attention to theirs too!

The Clitoris



Now that we understand just how large the clitoris is—and how much of it is hidden from view—it makes a lot of sense that just focusing on that external button alone misses out on much of the clitoris's potential for pleasure.

That also explains why vibrators, whether having sex alone or with a partner, are one of the best ways to stimulate the clitoris. The right kind of vibrator provides an intensity of stimulation that you can't replicate with any non-mechanical stimulation.

Okay, so is it time to buy a vibrator? Yes! But, before you do, you should know not all vibrators are created equal. And some vibrators can provide deeper sensations and feelings of pleasure to the clitoris than others.  

 Uma Vibrator by Je Joue



Have you ever wondered why some vibrators feel different from others? Besides the obvious parameters such as shape, size and material, the most important factor that makes your nightstand's favourite buzzing resident unique is the motorIn particular, the frequency of vibrations. 

Some motors vibrate at an incredibly low frequency. In case, like me, you've forgotten most of what you learned in high school physics, lower-frequency vibrations travel farther through solid material while losing less energy than higher frequency vibrations. So lower frequencies can reach deeper tissues in the body than higher frequency vibrations.

Low-frequency vibrations lead to "Rumbly" vibrators. These rumbly vibrators will feel totally different from the higher frequency "buzzy" vibes and sound different to the ear—the lower the rumble, the more internal nerve endings and pleasure points are being stimulated.

The best way to highlight this difference is to compare the buzz coming from an electric toothbrush to the bass coming from a subwoofer loudspeaker. An electric toothbrush operates at a frequency anywhere upwards of around 10,000 Hz (high frequency). A subwoofer bass loudspeaker operates typically at 100 to 200 Hz (low frequency).

Fifi Vibrator by Je Joue



Because of their dedication to pleasure for women by women, and based on actual vulva anatomy, Je Joue, a sex-positive luxury sex toy company from London, designs their toys centered on clitoral pleasure.

Je Joue toys operate at the very low frequency of 45 to 180 Hz. When you stand next to a subwoofer loudspeaker, you really feel the bass "go through you" — this is the same technology being harnessed by Je Joue's unique deep, rumbly motor.

This is not to say that a buzzy vibrator can't feel good - they most certainly can! Just like listening to your favourite song through your phone can also sound good. Yet it's nothing compared to hearing it live in concert, surrounded by a professional sound system. That's what comparing a buzzy, high-frequency vibe to a deep, rumbly vibrator is like. They're both good - but one is going to be felt much, much deeper. 

The science and technology driving Je Joue's subwoofer-style vibrations is what distinguishes them from other sex toys, and is what makes them feel so good. Unlike most vibrators you'll find, Je Joue's vibrators are not just tickling the button — they're rumbling the whole damn iceberg.

February 12, 2021 — swoon humans