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This is a silicone vibrating cock ring. They also come in snap-on, leather, metal, nubby, dolphin-shaped and I’m sure a whole bunch more eclectic varieties.

I was just introduced to cock rings not too long ago as I was skimming the wall displays of my local sex store.  After having spent the past little while doing all this reading/watching about handjobs and blowjobs I was like “wait, there are more things to put around a penis?  I am fascinated!”.  I am happy to report I have now learned many of the things to learn about cock rings, and especially happy to report that they don’t just have to be for penis-owners and penis-lovers: they can go on dildos and vibrators too!  Cock rings for everyone!

The basic utility of a cock ring for penises is that it can be put around the penis before the balls or behind the balls (or both, according to some of the pictures I looked at which I think is an advanced move in Cock Ring World) in order to keep more blood in there during an erection and thus heighten sensitivity and perhaps make an erection harder or last longer.  From what I gather, one typically puts the cock ring on before a totally hard erection, using lubrication to slide it on (unless you’re using the snap-on type).  I imagine that without spit or lube and stretching it wide the sliding-on could be painful.  After it’s on, the cock ring can be used for a recommended no more than 30 minutes at a time which seems like a restriction that would behoove the penis-owner to heed.  The penis-owner can then masturbate using the cock ring (video of an anonymous masturbator-with-cock ring here: I couldn’t find a full-body cock ring masturbator so this is just a hand and a cock ring and a dick, a genre of which I can now safely say there are many many amateur videos), or get a handjob/blowjob/have intercourse with another person.  Cock rings are for typically-functioning cocks as well as for use as a way to help stay hard if the penis is having trouble doing that (cock rings are one of many possible things used to treat erectile dysfunction).

If there is a vibration attachment on the cock ring and it’s being used for masturbation, a handjob or a blowjob, the vibrating part goes downward toward the balls.  When it’s being used for P-in-V sex it can go either way, but if it’s twisted so the vibrating part faces upwards it will stimulate the clit and that seems pretty useful.  It can go on dildos and wand-shaped vibrators in the same way and then your dildo/vibrator looks and feels more like an expensive rabbit-style vibrator.  The nubby ones that don’t vibrate are made to feel good for P-in-V and dildos as well: they might have one little nub that touches the clit or a whole bunch of smaller nubs that will feel fun on the vaginal opening.

According to Mind-Blowing Sex, men in ancient china put stretchy goat eyelids over their cocks and later used jade and ivory cock rings with nubs for the clit.  One of the ancient world’s first sex toys and I didn’t even know they existed.  There is so much more learning to do!

I don’t own a penis and all penises are different anyway so I can’t say they are something that every penis should try.  The most basic ones are pretty inexpensive, which is why if you are someone who is thinking of trying out a rabbit vibrator but doesn’t want to spend all the money a cock ring might be a good compromise.  Cock rings take experience to get used to: start using them only a few minutes at a time  the metal ones and any of the non-stretchy ones are for experts only.  They also of course come in different sizes, and I imagine a too-small size would be a really not fun experience.  I also don’t know how loud individual vibrating ones buzz, but since they are battery-powered they are probably all audible: just like with inexpensive vibrators, roommate situations would have to be considered.  The existence of nubby cock rings has a final hidden hazard.  Being inclined to the whimsical I could be tempted to buy a stack of rainbow-colored nubby cock rings to create my very own The Very Hungry Penis Caterpillar, which could be fun but might not exactly be considered the sexiest of foreplay moves.

So.  There you have it!  If you want to watch a long, informative video about cock rings go here and if you want to watch a shorter but more seizure-inducing video go here.

Other References:  

http://www.goodvibes.com/content.jhtml?id=How-To-Choose-A-Cock-Ring

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cock_ring

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penis_pump#Penis_pump

http://www.xvideos.com/video1165541/cock_ring_masturbation