An Illustrated History of Sex Toys

The oldest pleasure object (that we know of) was a siltstone dildo estimated to be about 30,000 years old. Later, others were made of ivory, bone, limestone and even teeth. After their launch, electric vibrators were sold as beauty devices that could help with wrinkles and health issues. It wasn’t until the late ’60s, thanks to the feminist movement, that vibrators and sex toys were politicized and also embraced as objects that could help women feel empowered about their sexuality. From there came the famous Rabbit, artistic dildos and more. Check out this fascinating history of the sex toy at The Cut.