Who’s up for a history lesson today? Here’s something you don’t ponder very often—when and where did the first sex toys come into being? Now from what we think we know, the first sex toy was most likely a “dildo”, but we suppose it’s not exactly a conversation you have over tea with friends. It may be something you might wonder after experiencing a sensual session of self-pleasure in the tub.  Indeed, the dildo seems like such a marvellously simple design, but how did this creative and amusing adult toy come to us?

Ancient Dildo Secrets

Believe it or not, dildos actually date back well before modern civilization started.  Don’t believe the myth that sex and sexual expression didn’t exist before the 1960s.  No sir, there is a great deal of evidence that shows us that our great, great, great, great (and many more) grandfathers and grandmothers were horny old toads in their day.  The first “dildo” on record (that is an object used for sexual pleasure) actually dates back to the Upper Paleolithic period (between 20-50 thousand years ago!).  That’s right, before cavemen and women learned how to speak modern languages, they were getting busy! Some scientists believe that ancient artefacts, which look like poor quality batons, were actually masturbation aids.  “Looking at the size, shape and…explicit symbolism,” certain Archaeologists found that, “It seems disingenuous to avoid the most obvious interpretation.”  So there you have it, the first physical evidence of cave woman (or man) masturbation can be dated back to some 30,000 years ago!


Fine Dildo Art and Other Erotic Witticisms

Even in fairly recent historical times, say the Greek and Roman empires, there is clear evidence of many phallus-shaped objects being preserved through history.  There is also archaeological proof of Egyptian sex toys.  While we might be quick to identify these objects as tools related to an obscure sex worship religion, remember that for many centuries (and still today) sex and spirituality were often combined into one favourite pastime. Previous generations of humankind were not only fond of sex, but very unashamed of it, and even put their favourite dildos into legitimate works of art.

Greek vase art showcase dildos as what appear to be ancient group sessions, as well as in female solitary pleasure. If they mean what they appear as, they were on the right track we think! There are also references to dildos in Lysistrata, a B.C. comedy by Aristophanes, and of course that jolly old chap William Shakespeare, in The Winter's Tale.

It’s quite easy to read the message of those before us—enjoy yourself!  There is no reason to be shy or ashamed about dildos, vibrators, rubber dongs and other sex toys.  When you think about it, there is clearly nothing wrong with toys.  And sex is a marvellous thing when it’s done right.  So then, a “sex toy” is perhaps the most exciting invention since sliced bread! The only thing that has really changed about dildos from back then to now, is the quality of the merchandise and the hygienic properties of these adult toys. And let’s not forget the functionality off course. They are far more effective, clean and discreet now than they ever have been! We’ve had a fun time researching all of this stuff (and hope you had some fun reading), so much so that we couldn’t cram it all into 1 Blog Post, so stay tuned for Part II of our Sex Toys Anthology next week on the Randy Fox Blog.