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History of sex toys (11)

Yesterday we were looking at the history and origin of the dildo. The origin of the dildo is incredibly pertinent to us at John Thomas Toys as our range has come about as a consequence. We have a great range of large silicone dongs and huge silicone dildos. Our sex toys are durable and unlikely to tear and most importantly body safe. It hasn’t always been that way, in today writings we look at how the dildo has changed over time in the sex toy of today.

It is highly established that dildos in one form or another have existed throughout human history. Indeed, within the late Stone Age it is believed that crude sex toys were found which are believed to have been used for stimulatory purposes.

For those of us that are not familiar with the late Stone Age we are talking between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. This puts into context how popular, useful, desirable, effective and long-standing their use has been.

Recently we looked at rabbit vibrators originating as sex toys in Japan in 1984. That was just 35 years ago, with dildos we are dealing with a completely different class of adult toy in terms of longevity.

There has been a lot of controversy regarding early sex toys in the form of dildos. Whether it is considered undesirable to label these artefacts as being made for sexual purposes is unclear. Indeed, there has been long-standing themes of taboo with adult toys which has only in recent years become more relaxed.

However, archaeologists have found phallic looking items with features such as sexual symbols and anatomical representations of the penis which surely must only mean one thing – that adult toys in the form of dildos have been used by men and women for thousands of years.

Dildos have in essence maintained original features over time. Phallic, penis shaped, erect are the main aesthetics – although more recently there has been a lot of deviation which we will discuss later.

While John Thomas Toys only ever make our platinum silicone dongs or large silicone dildos from body safe medical grade platinum silicone, originally they were made from a variety of materials.

It was not uncommon for early dildos to be made from stone, wood or ivory. While these materials are still used for dildo sex toys, more commonly the use of plastics and silicones are found in abundance.

The main pre-requisite for an early dildo was the ability of the material to be sculpted and shaped into an adequate phallic representation. When creating a dildo it needs to be something which will compliment the body and the orifice within which it is intended to be penetrated.

It would be of no use if the dildo was liable to break in half inside the person. An example of this happens when a person has improvised a sex toy dildo such as with a weak piece of wood or even an item of fruit or vegetable.

Furthermore, it is imperative that the dildo is predominantly smooth. If the dildo is abrasive and uneven then there is a high chance that the user will abrade delicate body tissues found inside the anus and vagina.

The dildo needed to be an anatomically similar size to a genuine penis (this trend has changed somewhat recently and we shall discuss that later). Generally speaking it would not be helpful if the dildo was too big or too small. Too small then the dildo would be unlikely able to stimulate the erogenous areas filled with nerve endings inside the orifice of choice.

Too large, then the dildo may be painful and difficult or impossible to insert. If a dildo is too big it could cause injury or pain which is the last thing you would associate with pleasure and orgasm – that is unless you are into BDSM but that is a whole other article!

In addition, if a dildo sex toy was too small then there exists the possibility of losing it inside the orifice and it may be difficult to subsequently extract it. While these days you could go to hospital and have an x-ray and operation thousands of years ago you obviously couldn’t.

The dildo would also need to be an appropriate length. If the dildo is too short it may not stimulate particularly sensitive areas such as the woman’s G-Spot or the man’s prostate (known as the P-Spot).

Taking into account all these considerations all effected the finished look, feel, weight, dimensions, and materials used to make a dildo both now as well as in the past.

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