Masturbation has been around ever since people. And finding things to masturbate with, must be as old. I thought I'd do a little research and see what kinds of 'toys' I could find. We'll skip past the obvious broom handles for the women and cloth filled doodads for the men and get to the invention of real gizmos for sexual pleasuring ourselves.
The earliest I could find, reminds me a little bit of a kitchen gadget my mother used for beating eggs and light batters. A Google search led me to http://www.vibratormuseum.com/ where I found this device called, MACAURA'S PULSOCON HAND VIBRATOR The action is a plunging motion of the center disk at the end combined with a rotating eccentric weight. There were also applicators that would screw into the center disk. Marked Pat. applied for, Serial No. 6681. Could be from as early as the early 1880's or as late as about 1900.
Now, this would be in the time of my grandmother and also a time where information of sexual or procreational bent was taboo. Hell, your doctor wasn't even permitted to tell you how you got pregnant. It makes you wonder how they got away with this.
Another website http://www.slate.com/ had some pretty darned amazing things I'd like to share with you.
Also in the 1880s, a British doctor stepped in to invent the first electric vibrator, an industrial-size contraption meant to be a permanent fixture in a doctor's office. It was a major labor-saver, allowing many patients to reach paroxysm in less than 10 minutes.
Oh my Gawd, can you imagine going to the local quack and asking for a treatment?
Between 1900 and 1940, there was an explosion of new toys being patented. Some resembled today's electric drills and it bears the question, which came first. LOL
From the 1950s through the 1970s, the vibrator became what you maight call a camouflaged technology. Mail-order catalogs full of household tchotchkes featured beautiful women with long, silky hair loosening their tight shoulder muscles with banana-shaped vibrators. Also popular were vibrators that doubled as nail-buffer kits, hair brushes, backscratchers, and some that were designed as attachments for vacuum cleaners. Most of them were cheesy, battery-operated devices that came in shag-carpet hues: avocado, gold, and burnt orange. Yum!
It really wasn't until the 1980's and 90's that vibrators, or self-pleasuring devices, got into mainstream and were thought of as an okay alternative to sex.The arrival of AIDS and it's public health threat had politicians and doctors alike, jumping on the bandwagon.
Now, in 2005 progress was definitely showing itself. On June 1, 2005, sex writer Violet Blue, while in San Fransisco, induced two orgasms in her partner, who was riding a custom-vibrator known as a Thrillhammer at the Museum of Sex in New York City.Now there's a museum I want to visit. I wonder if they have samples? I wonder if they need volunteers or testers? The mind boggles.
This is a very brief history of an amazing side of human sexuality. A side that has been hidden, exploited, abused and relished over the centuries. What will the future bring? I've heard tales of a device that connects directly with a person's mind. No need for gadgets and probes, you'll writhe and gasp in orgasm without being touched, and it'll be better than any human induced orgasm you've ever had, or ever will have. But, will it be as fulfilling? Will we, humanity, seek it out, pay the exorbitant price for a moment's pleasure?
Who knows. What do you all think?