The Dildo had Humble Beginnings by Hennessee Andrews

Sex toys, sexual aides, lubricants, massage oils….Ah, the list goes on and on. But, do you believe these enhancements are new? Ha! Wrongo. Meet me, Hennessee Andrews. Before becoming an erotic romance author, I was a geeky history major. Yes, me. I adore history and sex, but I digress. I’m the type of person that always wants to know, “When was that first invented or used?”

I call myself the Vessel of Useless Information. I have a lot of fun with it, but the random facts fail to pay the bills. I’m not a good candidate for Jeopardy, as Alex would ask me something ridiculous about sports, plays or operas. Sigh, not my thing.

Let’s start our adventure with the most well known object of all sexual instruments, the dildo. Fine, call it a vibrator, whatever. It’s a phallus shaped object. From the stand alone, does nothing model, in various sizes and shapes, to ones with vibration and speed settings, this little tool has been around. I mean around as in history. Now, considering our ancestors didn’t know about small motors or battery power, they nevertheless created some kick ass models.

In ancient Greece, dildos were sold in the public market place. Say what? Yep. Do you know how long ago that was? Try about 2,000 years ago or more. People also carried these prize possessions everywhere they went. What a randy damn crowd, huh?

dildo from 5000 BC China

This is estimated to be around 5,000 years old from China.

Do you think that is the earliest use of a dildo? Huh, nope. Check out this.

prehistoric dildo

This is believed to be between 26,000- 28,000 years old! Guess when that was. The Ice Age, y’all! When not in use sexually, some researchers think it was used to start fires too. Quite the multi-purpose tool, eh? It was found near Ulm, Germany.

Those instances are not the only ones. Sex toys have been found in every culture, on every continent, throughout the ages.

Let’s talk lubricant for a moment. People have been slip sliding their way into cavernous holes for ages.  Now we have all number of fancy lubes. Some are flavored, some not. Oil based, water based. You get my drift, but back in the day, around 2300 BC, olive oil was used. And guess what? The stuff was even flavored! Score! This is another example of a multi-purpose item. Hell, we cook with olive oil. I wrote a hot scene about two men using cooking shortening. Hmmm. Where there is the urge, a lubricant will be found!

Moving on. What about cock rings you may wonder. I wondered about that also. Well, it should come as no surprise, but these have been around a long, long time. Earliest facts show around 800 BC. They were popular in Asia. Thanks for invention guys! Should it come as a shock that I have a naughty scene with a cock ring? Good times =)

Let’s move further on. Do you realize that many words or items have Latin names too? Do you want to know where the term, dildo, came from? Yes, genius, it is a Greek term. Oblisbo is the Latin name and it means, “to open wide.” See what you’re learning today!

So, we have ancient origins to today’s most popular sex toys and lubricants. These humble beginnings paved the way for new inventions and creations. Then, we hit the Victorian Era. Women with depression, anxiety, tiredness, and lack of sexual appetite were often diagnosed with “female hysteria”. The term wasn’t new as Hippocrates already had his hand in the cookie jar back in 450 BC with the term, but it didn’t become popular until the late 19th century.

These ill women were treated with pelvic massages at a doctor’s office. Yes, they were Janed off in doctor’s office in order to treat their “illness”. Their orgasms weren’t called by the name, but rather, hysterical paroxysm. Labor saving devices were invented, saving doctors from the exhausting task of treating their patients manually. Are you laughing? Heck, I am.

From the Victorian era and the devices created to treat women, vibrators went from steam power, to battery power, to slimmer more streamlined versions, leaving us with a plethora of devices today. Next time you think you’ve stumble upon a new invention, stop and wonder who gave birth to the idea first.

During my escapade, I found a flick I must watch, Hysteria. This film made its debut at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie is about the invention and treatment of the dastardly illness that plagued women in the 19th century, female hysteria, and the work of Dr. Mortimer Granville.

Here is a pic from the movie. I have to watch this flick!

Hysteria-web

This is only the tip of the iceberg concerning the history of sexual devices and aides. So much more is out there and just as interesting! Go, explore.

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8 thoughts on “The Dildo had Humble Beginnings by Hennessee Andrews”

  1. Interesting information. I think we are egotists if we think we were the first to invent these things. I’m sure they were around, we might have perfected them… at least until someone finds a way to make them better.

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait to see the movie. I order it from Amazon two days ago 🙂 That’s funny that you watched it on a flight and had such a good time.

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