The Illustrated 30,000-Year Evolution of the Sex Toy

Sex toys have a long and turbulent history, which stretches back almost 30,000 years when our ancestors “hunched over carving eight-inch-long penises out of siltstone.” Hallie Lieberman’s new book, Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy, takes readers through the colorful backstories of humanity’s favorite playthings. Watch the video above for an illustrated primer on ancient phalluses, Victorian-era vibrators (disguised as wrinkle-removers), and America’s first prosthetic penises manufactured by an enterprising ventriloquist.

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