Porn and History

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September 13, 2005

I picked up a book at the library to do a bit of research, and came across an essay about porn in the 1980's. Basically, it was all about how the industry flourished in that decade, and it was more economic and historical in nature, so I won't bother you with that. However, what caught my eye was a dildo manufacturer who had made dildos in his basement, and ultimately created a million dollar empire. Just seeing this little blurb reminded me of a woman I had met a few years ago. She worked in a medical museum, and at a very posh and conservative conference during dinner, she began to tell everyone at the table about the history of medical dildos, and the contraptions she had seen. All of us were howling with laughter, much to the chagrin of our employers. I no longer remember what was so hilarious, but it's completely fascinating how far dildos have come since their early beginnings.

How long dildos have existed is impossible to tell since some phallic objects were used for other things like spear sharpening or for use in fertility rituals. While one of the oldest dildos is said to be a jade phallus dating back 4,000 years, I recall seeing a documentary about dung being formed into a phallus and used as a dildo after it hardened.

Ancient Greeks made dildos, called Olisbos, out of wood and leather. These objects were made specifically for women whose husbands were away at war, and it was said that such sex toy prevented hysteria in women.

Remembering this little piece of history, I recall exactly why we were laughing so hard at that dinner table surrounded by over a hundred doctors. I remember she talked about dildos and Victoria era vibrators often being used by doctors to treat female patients who were sexually frustrated or hysterical. It's hard to believe that such treatments were dispensed no more than 120 yeas ago. It's even harder to believe that the dildo had been a cure for such ailments for close to 2,000 years.

I wonder what changed in the 20th century? I suppose vibrators, at least, just became thought of as another typical home appliance.

Posted by sloth at September 13, 2005 3:07 PM

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