The Dildo: A Short History of a Long Story

by David Rosen

Do you own a dildo or a vibrator and, if so, when was the last time you used it? If you don’t, why not?

The story of the dildo is the story of how sin became the new normal. The secrets of the dildo are realized in the lives of those who pushed the boundaries of sexual pleasure and, thus, changed history as well as one of the most private, personal human experiences.

No one knows who coined the modern word “dildo.” The Oxford English Dictionary offers two hypotheses as to the term’s origin…