Humanity around the world and across the centuries have been using sex toys since the dawn of civilization.
This month, the Terracotta Warrior Exhibition at Discovery Times Square in NYC featured a collection of ancient Chinese sex toys dating back to 221 B.C.E.
According to the exhibit’s press release, these sex toys were created for the First Emperor’s afterlife and all its pleasures – a few dynasty dildos can definitely spice up the spiritual journey (HuffingtonPost).
One of the historical erotic artifacts seems to be made from jade-like stone with a loop harness attached to the base, and another one looks like a hollow stone dildo with intricately-designed jape carvings wrapping along the shaft.
The Chinese might not be first people the create sex toys: In 2010, remnants of a siltstone phallus was discovered in a cave in Germany (FoxNews). After scientists pieced the 30,000-year-old parts together, the shape was undeniably phallic. In addition to bringing our ancestors to prehistoric orgasms, this was also used as a tool to start fires – talk about heating things up!
Penis extenders became a popular in Asia around 1700 B.C.E (SexInfo101). They were most likely the first version of the strap-on, and the Kama Sutra advised men to fashion these things out of wood, leather, ivory, and even buffalo horn.
Other civilizations such as the ancient Greeks and the Japanese also had their own version of sex toys. What does this tell us about our species? We are highly intelligent creatures who seek to pleasure ourselves and each other, and that we like to create devices from nature to help us get it on.
Now in the year 2012, Pipedream is bringing pleasure aids to everyone around the world – not just emperors. 30,000 years from now, what do you think a space-traveling archeologist will say about our Yoga Sex Swing or our Fuck Me Silly 2 Mega Masturbator?