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Women's Sex Toys
The oldest sex toy on record was unearthed in 2005, in a cave in southern Germany. The stone object measures around 20 cm in length (7.8 in) and 3 cm in width (just over an inch). Its life sized phallic shape, suggests it was most likely used as a dildo. Humorously enough, the object also doubled as a flint splitter. The artifact is between 26,000 and 28,000 years old, and was carved out of siltstone during the Ice Age.
Ice age women were not the only ancient people to use dildos. Dildos dating from the second century B.C. have been unearthed in China, and the ancient Greeks and Romans updated the dildo, adding leather sheaths to make them more pleasurable and create a more realistic sensation. These leather sheathed dildos were so popular, that in the ancient Greek play Lysistrata, the Greek women staged a sex strike to end the Peloponnesian War partly because they could no longer import good leather dildos. If a leather-sheathed dildo didn’t do the trick, the ancient Greeks simply baked loaves of really hard bread called olisbokollikes.
The Roman's are also credited with inventing the world's first double ended dildo. How exactly it was used, I'll leave to your imagination.
One story from Ancient Egypt suggests that Cleopatra invented the world's first vibrator. Apparently, dissatisfied with the usual dildo, the Ptolemaic queen is rumored to have made herself a vibrator by filling a hollow gourd with live bees! YIKES!
Cock Rings and Chastity Cages
I know what you're thinking, only modern humans could come up with such a bizarre invention, right? Wrong! The first documented use of cock rings occurred in ancient China. They were made from the eyelids of goats, with the eyelashes still attached, to help increase pleasure during intercourse. Later during the Ming Dynasty (between 1368 and 1644), penis rings were made out of jade and ivory and were sometimes encrusted with jewels, increasing pleasure.
Early European explorers like Marco Polo, also documented the use of the cock ring among men in medieval Burma. Burmese cock rings would be inserted under the skin along the length of the penis, to increase sexual pleasure as well as lengthen the penis.
Rings which lengthened the penis were also used by the ancient Egyptians, African tribes, South American tribes and other SE Asian cultures.
In addition to cock rings, the ancient Chinese also invented what we today call chastity cages. I guess ancient people were kinky too.
Although we tend to think of "safe sex" as being a relatively new concept, a drawing discovered in a French cave suggests that men have been using condoms for at least 13,000 years. The drawing, which was dated to around 11,000 B.C., appears to depict a man engaged in a sexual act, while wearing some sort of animal skin around his junk.
Hieroglyphic evidence suggests that men in ancient Egypt wore loincloths, to protect their ding dongs from sunburn and biting insects. Even the young Tutankhamen is rumored to have worn makeshift condoms.
One of the earliest references to condoms in ancient Greece is a story about King Minos of Crete. Greek mythology tells of Minos having “serpents and scorpions” in his semen and using a condom made from a goat's bladder, to shield his wife from what would surely result in a very unpleasant sexual experience.
Ancient Romans are also evidenced to have used condoms made from animal bladders during their infamous orgies.
Then around the 15th century, Chinese and Japanese men began making their own condoms. Made from animal intestines, silk paper, animal horns and even tortoise shells, these makeshift condoms became known as Glans Condoms, because they only covered the tip of the man's penis.
Around the 16th century, when Europe was experiencing a large syphilis epidemic, Italian anatomist Gabriele Falloppio, came up with a chemical-soaked linen sheath that fit over the penis, and used a ribbon tie to prevent it from sliding off during intercourse.
The world's oldest surviving condom was unearthed in Lund, Sweden, and was dated to around 1640. The condom, made from pig's intestines was discovered completely intact, along with its original owner's manual. Translated from Latin, the manual suggests that users immerse the condom in warm milk prior to using it, to avoid diseases.
Trimming The Bush
If you think pubic hair removal was a relatively modern phenomena, think again.
The removal of body hair for aesthetic reasons is said to have originated in Mesopotamia and eventually spread to ancient Egypt. It was not uncommon at this time for both men and women to remove every inch of hair on their bodies, aside from their eyebrows and the hair on their head, to allude to cleanliness and conform to a beauty standard set by none other than Cleopatra herself. The ancient Egyptians used tweezers made from seashells, pumice stones and even beeswax and sugar-based waxes, which they would apply and rip off with fabric just like we do today. Copper razors dating as far back to 3000 B.C. have been found among the ruins of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Evidence of women using homemade pastes to remove body hair, has been found in Turkey.
In ancient Rome and Greece, pubic hair on women was considered "unclean" and "uncivilized", and women of high social class were especially required to have smooth kitties. While in ancient Rome, even men were frowned upon for having pubic hair. While Romans used more civilized methods such as razors, stones and tweezers, the Greeks would either burn it off, or hand pluck each hair individually. YIKES!
Like many unconventional sex acts, foot fetishism has its origins in Ancient Greece. The famous Greek poet Homer, once wrote about the beauty of the Greek goddesses by making reference to their “soft feet” and “beautiful sandals”. Sappho reveals the erotic nature of a woman’s walk as well as the loveliness of “fine-ankled” women. In the story of Aphrodite’s birth, archaic poet Hesiod only mentions one physical attribute, her “lovely” and “shapely” feet. These are just a few of the many quotes from ancient Greek literature which reference women's feet.
A popular wedding custom in ancient Athens, was the tying of the bridal sandals, often with the assistance of Eros, emphasizing the foot’s connection with love. Footwear was also a common wedding gift.
Ancient Greek sculptors also put a lot of detail into both men and women's feet. The Greek Foot, a condition in which the second toe is longer than the other toes, was considered a thing of beauty and symmetry.
Foot fetishes were also popular in ancient Rome. Historical records suggest that Roman governor Lucius Salvius Otho would often go to brothels in order to worship womens' feet. And according to the writings of Suetonius, "senator Lucius Vitellius kept his mistress’s red slippers under his toga and used to kiss them in public. He was also a big fan of empress Messalina’s feet, going as far as personally removing her shoes."
Unlike with foot fetishes today, in ancient times both genders were equally fascinated with each other's feet, and the fetish wasn't stigmatized like it is today. In fact, in the ancient world, female feet were regarded as symbols of chastity and femininity. For a man, having direct access to a woman’s feet was a sign of intimacy and openness from the woman.
Another hypothesis is that ancient men were fascinated with women's feet, because they represented a kind of “oft submission”, which was extremely arousing to the dominant men of the ancient times.
Womens' feet were also celebrated in Medieval and Renaissance Europe. They were described by medieval poets as an epitome of female beauty because they were “arched” and “long-toed”. In these times, smaller feet were considered more attractive. This was in relation to the kind of male submission advertised by courtly love and the figure of the “angelic woman” proposed by the Dolce Stil Novo. The famous Italian lover Casanova was rumored to have a foot fetish, and in the castles of medieval Poland, a woman being barefoot was the same as a woman being naked.
While women’s feet and shoes have always been sexualized, the medieval shoe known as the poulaine”, was an example of sexualized male footwear. The shoe was demonized by the Catholic Church because of its phallic appearance.
In case you're unfamiliar with this practice, here is UrbanDictionary's definition:
Getting seconds away from climax and stopping, waiting for a few more seconds then start again, do this a few more times then you are meant to have a amazing long climax and you feel great.
It can also be performed as a sexual fetish, in which the woman stimulates a man's penis, but forces him not to cum.
The term itself may be fairly modern, but the practice actually originated in ancient China, where men were actually encouraged NOT to ejaculate during intercourse. You heard me right. This bizarre sexual practice is centered upon the Taoist believes of "Chi" (energy) and "Yin and Yang" (positive and negative energy). It is through maintaining balance between the two forces that one can achieve perfect spiritual harmony and physical well-being. When it enters the human body, "chi" takes the form of "jing" (the essence that gives us life). Taoists believe that the loss of jing may cause illness and even death. So, what does any of this have to do with edging?
According to Taoist believes, the bodily element that contains the most jing is semen. This lead ancient Taoists to believe that a man should not lose too much semen. For this reason, ancient Chinese men were encourage NOT to ejaculate during intercourse. Ironically, one of the most effective ways to get more jing was by having sex, especially with beautiful virgins. So yeah, basically the ancient Chinese men had to fuck smoking hot women without cumming, except when trying to have children of course. I honestly don't know they did it.
If you think oral sex was popularized in the 70s, and brought into the mainstream by films like The Godfather and Deep Throat, think again. Scholars speculate that couples have been experimenting with oral sex since the Stone Age. The Sumerians also most likely experimented with oral sex. But the earliest documented evidence of oral sex comes from ancient Egypt.
The story goes that Osiris was murdered by his brother Seth, and his dismembered body was scattered across the world. Osiris's sister-wife Isis, reassembled him, however, she was unable to find his penis. So, she made him one out of clay, put her lips on it, and blew her brother back to life. Hence the term "blow job." Thanks to its religious connotation, fellatio wasn't viewed as sinful in ancient Egyptian society. Cleopatra was well known for her love of fellatio. In fact, it was Egyptian and Phoenician prostitutes, who were the first to use red lipstick as a way to advertise their "experience."
In ancient Greece, the act was known as "playing the flute", but most Greek women were unwilling to perform these acts, so most men got oral sex at the local brothels.
Then there was ancient Rome, where fellatio was so taboo, it was considered worst than sodomy. Performers of fellatio were accused of having bad breath (lip kissing was a popular greeting), and were often left out of social gatherings. For this reason Roman men would often seek out prostitutes and slaves for blow jobs.
Another ancient culture that was known to perform fellatio, were the Moche people of Peru.
On the other hand, cunnilingus, which wasn't a big thing in the societies mentioned above, was really big in Ancient China. As Chinese men were encouraged to abstain from climax, cunnilingus became a popular way to please women, and was also believed to increase longevity. It is well documented that China's only female empress Wu Zetian issued a royal degree that required all government officials and visiting dignitaries to pay homage to
her by performing cunnilingus on her while she stood on a dais with her skirts hiked up and her legs spread wide for all to see.
The controversial sex practice known as "swinging" only caught on in the United States in the early 20th century. The practice has its origins in pre-Islamic Arabia, where men of high nobility would rent out their wives to men of lower status, for the sole purpose of bearing a child with her to straighten his bloodline. But of course there were rules. Men wouldn't rent their wife to just any man, he had to have certain physical attributes. Another rule was, the man wasn't allowed to engage in sexual intercourse with other women, while his wife was on loan. And any child she birthed was considered the child of the husband, not the biological father.
In ancient Balylon, it was permitted under the Code of Hammurabi for a husband or wife to seek revenge on an adulterous spouse, by too sleeping with another partner. And of course we're all familiar with the infamous Roman orgies.
However, the concept of "wife swapping" as a sexual kink, didn't really originate until the early 16th century, in Europe. Over a period of time, it gradually evolved and around the 18th century, it is believed that swinging was conducted as a ritualized practice in which couples exchanged their spouses.
Contrary to popular believe the threesome or "ménage à trois" as its often called, did not originate in France. In fact, some of the earliest mentions of threesomes can be found in none other than the world's oldest sex manual, the Kamasutra dating as early as 400 BC. In it, are descriptions and images of various three way sex acts, among which is double penetration. Depictions of threesomes have also been found on Indian temples.
Baths in the suburbs of Pompeii were also adorned with sexually explicit scenes, including at least one depicting a bisexual threesome, in which two men stacked themselves behind a woman who was also being penetrated.
Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, fertility and other things had many orgies, and currently has a sex position named after him. Trust me, you don't wanna know what it is.
Threesomes also became common in Renaissance Europe, and were the subject of many popular paintings including Botticelli’s famous Primavera, in which three Tuscan women are shown in a circle, holding hands and gazing at one another. Another famous piece from this time period depicting a three-way sex act is Théodore Géricault's, Three Lovers. The famous Italian lover, Casanova is also reported to have had his fair share of threesomes, including one involving two sisters.
If you've seen any of Rammstein's music videos, or watched that one movie that one actress, or have gone through some really fucked up shit in your life, then you know what BDSM is. What you may NOT know however, is that the practice is much older than people think. The term Sadomasochism was named after the Marquis de Sade, an 18th century French author who was sentenced to 32 years in an insane asylum for his works depicting graphic bondage scenes. However, he didn't invent the practice. Experts have found evidence of people willingly submitting to beatings and being tied up throughout the 14th century, but the origins of this practice go back even that. BDSM, bondage, kinky shit, whatever you wanna call it, it might be useful to know its origins before you go for that whip.
The practice we today know as BDSM originated in Mesopotamia, around 470 BC. Historical records found evidence of domination-style celebrations and sacrifices involving cross-dressing, altered states of consciousness, and lots of combined pain and ecstasy. Evidence of ritual flagellation and bondage for religious passage can be found throughout ancient Greece, and villa in Pompeii contains some of the oldest evidence of female bondage used as an initiation ritual. But one of the oldest and most famous examples on BDSM for sexual pleasure, can be found in an ancient Etruscan tomb, appropriately named, Tomb of the Whipping. Dating from the 5th Century BC, the tomb contains some of the earliest erotic artwork known to man. It shows two men whipping a woman, who is engaged in a sexual act.
The Indian Kamasutra includes sections discussing sexual practices involving pain and pleasure. In fact, the book specifically states that these practices must only be done with women who enjoy such things. This makes it one of the first texts to discuss consensual kink activities. Carvings on Indian temples are further evidence that BDSM was not uncommon in India.
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