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I have been out on break from University for a few months now and you know what? I miss research papers! I never thought I would utter those words but art school has some great topics of discussion so my interest in writing them has grown. Today I will be tackling a topic a little more in the wheel house of our sex shop the Art of Loving here in Vancouver. All the info on the history of dildos I can source to an article that helped this bit of research along.

For a long time, archaeologists found phallic objects with no clear purpose beyond a possible sexual one and instead chose to call them clubs of hammers. But over time they decided these objects were to clearly phallic to be anything but sexual in nature and use.

Meanwhile in the Western Han dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.) dildos were elaborate and expensive among the rich and some woman were even buried with their sex toys as it was believed to help balance one’s chi.

            Over in Europe things were a little different. In the 16th-18th century dildos were considered very scandalous and were often destroyed if found in the case of John Wilmot when he tried to order dildos to his sex club all the toys he ordered were destroyed immediately.  As we shift forward to modern times dildos are made out of a number of other materials. The most successful of which was silicone.

 The invention of the silicone dildo is credited to Gosnell Duncan who in 1965 became paralyzed from the waist down and wanted an accurate penis substitute. Before silicone became popular, most of the 60’s and 70’s, rubber was the main material used and were much less durable. They were also only deemed acceptable for medical use and as “marital aid’s. In 1970 Duncan created the silicone dildo and it quickly became popular for more than just a product for disabled disabilities.

            Now Sex toys are much more widely available and come in a huge range of sizes and colors. They can be used to improve your sex life with your self or others and even help you to express your gender identity. Dildos have come a long way so why not come look at all the sex toys we carry here at the art of loving sex shop here in Vancouver.