The Esoteric Erotic
- The oldest known dildo is a 20-centimeter siltstone phallus that was found in Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm, Germany
- Vibrators were used in the 19th century in asylums to treat “female hysteria”
- In Japan, sex toys are usually shaped like cute woodland creatures like rabbits in order to avoid legal hassles
- The sale of luxury sex toys went up during the recession, the only luxury products to buck the downward trend
Have you seen the first Toy Story? The one where Woody, the wooden cowboy, gets upstaged by a plastic spaceman who comes with all the bells and whistles. When it comes to toys for adults, it is pretty much the same story—with a different sort of happy ending. Sex toys are nothing revolutionary in Asia. Chinese women in the 15th century had dildos made of lacquered wood with textured surfaces. And even the Kamasutra is enthusiastic about “sex aids” made...