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On Dildos and Penance. Last week on twitter I had a little chat about the presence of dildos in the penitential of Burchard of Worms, which raised some questions. For those who have managed to escape the morass that is the twitter hellscape, a brief recap before we get on to making a historical point™. Burchard of Worms was the Bishop of ...
The ancient Greeks really knew how to have a good time on a budget. One of their recorded sexual practices is the usage of olisbokollix, or dildos made entirely out of bread (baguettes, basically ...
American physician George Taylor came up with this unique, utterly frightening design, which consists of a dildo attached to a steam engine that produced vibrations.
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During the 1960s and 1970s, dildos were largely made out of rubber, which was a poor material for the job, as it could not stand a strong washing or heating without losing structural integrity. Moreover, dildos were only sold as medical aids and intended only for straight couples that were struggling with sexual intercourse.
One of the things I mentioned there was the fact that dildos have a specific place in the medieval mind because of the way that medical and religious writers thought about sex. Then I opened twitter this morning, because I am a masochist, and saw an honest to god neo-Nazi talking about dildos in the exact same way.
There are some references to the use of dildos by women in the Middle Ages, in particular, this one in a Church “penitential,” a book that prescribes punishments for sins. “Have you done what certain women are accustomed to do, that is to make some sort of device or implement in the shape of the male member of a size to match your sinful desire?
18 The Plow. Admit it, every time you visit your local sex store you look up and down the aisles and are secretly ashamed and disgusted that there's not a single toy that can also double as some kind of medieval siege weapon.
From Philip S. Rawson’s Primitive Erotic Art: “”In Europe through medieval times, even into the eighteenth century, it was customary for dildos (called ‘love gods’ or ‘love birds’), which were roughly shaped as phallic-headed birds, to be sold openly in markets.”.