While I’m the proud owner of an army of butt plugs, and have written the definitive encyclopaedic essay on the topic, I’ve come to realize there is so much more I have to learn. My past experience shoving things into other people’s butts was just the beginning of my entry into a hole new world of information.
If you really think about, every instance of anal penetration is a potential learning experience. I recently had once such learning experience with J.
I had just bought a new set of plugs and was eager to put them where they belonged. During playtime, I lubed J up and slipped in one of the smaller plugs to get him ready for something larger later on. At one point, J knelt for me so I could practice my rope skills. In the middle of tying a harness, he made the strangest sound.
I’d like to think I’m fairly familiar with his sounds–the moans, groans, grunts, and unintelligible utterances–but this was different. It was a sort of high-pitched, breathy whining sound.
“What did you say to me?”
“I didn’t say anything, Ma’am.”
I didn’t give it another thought. A little while later, he was on his hands and knees while I spanked the fuck out of his ass. At one point between smacks, I heard it again… and then I realized it wasn’t one of J’s normal sounds.
“Your ass…. it just squeaked at me.”
We were both completely still, and with the silence in the room, the sound was much louder. His ass was whistling.
“I’m so sorry, Ma’am. This is really embarrassing.”
Thank god he couldn’t see my face–it took everything in me not to erupt into laughter. I took a deep breath and assured him it was nothing to be embarrassed about.
“It’s not a big deal. That’s what bodies do.”
(dramatization of J’s butt plug duck call)
After the duck call, I couldn’t hold back my laughter. I laughed so hard my sides hurt, and all the while, J was on his hands and knees with his head hung low, obviously not finding the humor in the situation. Every time he made the slightest move, his ass tooted, whistled, and whined. It was fucking hilarious.
Ok, back to the informative stuff.
In my lexicon entry, I divided butt plugs into four categories: basic, inflatable, prostate massagers, and novelty/tail plugs. What I didn’t realize at the time was that we might divide “basic” plugs into two subcategories: butt plugs and anal dilators. Since there’s no official governing body that determines terminology based on form or function, both terms–“plugs” and “dilators” are used inconsistently and somewhat interchangeable (although “plug” is more common).
So what’s the difference between a butt plug and an anal dilator?
Again, there’s no definitive Guide to Anal Insertables, but here’s what seems to make butt plugs different from anal dilators.
Most basic “plugs” are latex or silicone, solid, and have no openings or holes. Plugs may come in sets, but they’re most commonly sold as single items.
“Dilators” are hard plastic, hollow, and have a tiny hole at the insertion end (about 2mm in diameter) and a larger opening at the base end (the size of the opening at the base depends on the diameter of the plug. The little hole at the top is often called a “vent”–it allows the body to easily release gas. (It allowed J’s ass to whistle and make duck call sounds.) Dilators are most commonly sold in sets of three or five sizes, allowing the wearer to start small and work up to a larger size.
Butt Plug & Anal Dilator Fun Facts
- Anal dilators were first patented in 1892 and marketed in the early 20th century as a cure for constipation.
- Despite urban legend, the pressure buildup from flatulent gasses isn’t strong enough to launch a butt plug out of the anus. I’m still hopeful Mythbusters will cover this in a future episode.
- Be careful with information you find on the internet. I was reading online about plugs and gas, and then I read something about lubricating with WD-40. Even after that, it still took me a few moments to realize I was on an automotive repair website.