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wpid-aaasorcha_finalsig.pngA Brief Historical Survey of Sex Toys

When you write historical erotic romance, you eventually find yourself asking a few questions. Has sex really changed over the ages? Did they use toys too? Well, I think the toy question is both fun and helpful in my writing. Besides, inquiring minds want to know. Right? I am starting with the most straight forward of toys and then we’ll see what we dig up.

Dildos. Apparently they have been around for over 30,000 years! Holy masturbation Batman! That’s a lot of self pleasuring. 😉

wooddildoThe first dildos were made of stone, tar, wood and other materials that could be shaped as penises and that were firm enough to be used as penetrative sex toys. Chinese women in the 15th century used dildos made of lacquered wood with textured surfaces.

Of course, nowadays you can get them in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors. So if you were wondering if that historical erotic romance you were reading was correct? The answer is yes!

steam powered dildoNext up the vibrator! Wow, poor medical doctors had to manually perform pelvic massages for hysterical women before the invention of the vibrator. Can you imagine? So in 1870 they came out with a steam powered vibrator. Yikes! Needless to say it was quickly replaced by electrically powered devices all for the sake of treating us hysterical women. Fortunately things progressed but not before women were subject to such things as tables with holes in them that allowed a vibrating ball to stimulate her pelvic area. For many years a woman could get her trusty vibrator from her Sears and Roebuck catalog. 😀 Now she can get them from her trusty adult online store or local purveyor. Like dildos, they come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors.

benwaballsAround 500AD Chinese men were using a single Ben Wa ball during intercourse to increase pleasure. Women soon discovered that pairing them up was pleasurable and helped strengthen the vaginal muscles.

Cock rings surprised me. I figured surely this was a fairly modern invention, but no. They’ve been around a long time too. According to one site I found, they’ve been around since about 1200AD. Wow! Back then they were made of goat eyelids. *Shudders* By cock ring1600 they were being made of ivory and had begun including extensions designed to stimulate the clitoris.  Again, they now come in all kinds of colors and materials from metal to silicon.

Of course, next comes the million dollar question…what have I done with this research? Well, in my sexy Victorian series called The Market, I have used a few of these items. The first used is the dildo.

A jade dildo, beautifully carved, appeared before her eyes. It was Chinese with a dragon head carved in the hilt. The opposite end was a few inches of smooth stone that mushroomed at the tip replicating a penis. The dragon head was worn to rounded edges from a few thousand years of use. Her whole body shook with the idea of taking that within her body.

Love Revealed, Book 1 The Market Series

Then in the third book I used not only the jade dildo, but a matching cock ring. I had a great deal of fun introducing the toys among other things in the third book.

Rising from her knees she walked to the little chest nestled by the bed on a nightstand. Within the box lay a large jade ring with a dragon’s head on top waiting for retrieval. Far too large for a finger, yet not big enough to be a bracelet. It was easy to imagine he had no idea what it was, so she sought to both enlighten him and teach him how to use the circlet.

Love Reclaimed, Book 3 The Market Series

I dearly love researching those naughty Victorians because despite all the pomp and starch they were quite naughty! Next time maybe I can tell you all about their BDSM leanings. *grins*

So there you have it! Four of the most common sex toys and a quick survey of their history. Hard to believe, but none of these are new! Now the question is…have you seen sex toys in historical romance? Was it believable?

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