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 …

The Women Who Helped Make Vibrators Mainstream

In her new book “Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stories Changed the Business of Pleasure,” Lynn Comella explains how—in the ’70s—a small group of feminist retailers helped make vibrators and sex positivity mainstream. Opening stores specifically for women, these shop owners not only sold pleasure objects, but also helped to educate and empower women. In the book, Comella interviews “Dell Williams of Eve’s Garden in …