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The History Of The Humble Sex Toy (Including Cleopatra's Buzzing Box Of Bees And Sailor's 'Rubber Sleeves')

22/05/2015 17:12 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 17:59 BST

It all began with the siltstone dildo - a multi-functional sex toy used 32,000 years ago that doubled up as a useful device for chipping flint (prehistoric women were so resourceful).

An enlightening video from Women's Health has charted the evolution of the sex toy over time. And we never quite knew it had such a colourful past.

In 51 B.C., legend has it that Cleopatra pleasured herself with a papyrus box full of live bees. (We can totally understand why that didn't catch on.)

And in the 18th and 19th centuries, French and Spanish sailors would take "rubber sleeves" out to sea with them. They named these rubber creations, "ladies of the journey".

Fast forward to the 1860s and the steam-powered vibrator was invented to cure sexual frustration. Or as they bizarrely put it in those days: "hysteria".

A decade later and the battery-powered vibrator came onto the sex toy scene - much to the delight of ladies everywhere.

Granted, the battery was the size of a car battery (discrete, much?) however it was the beginning of something beautiful...

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Between 1890 and 1910, vibrators became available for home purchase. Prior to this, women had to go to the doctors to use them - awkward.

Then, in 1928, companies began to market vibrators as beauty and weight loss aids.

During the second world war, the US military stationed in Japan became intrigued by the country's sex toys including the Hitatchi Magic Wand.

And in the 1970s, a rather thoughtful man with disabilities called G. I. Duncan invented the first ever silicone dildo for his wife.

Since then, sex toys have evolved big time. The Noughties hailed the invention of the vajankle, a dildo which you can put your dead lover's ashes in as well as the "sex selfie stick" and a 24-karat gold dildo. We're a creative bunch.

And there's still so much more potential. Scientists believe that in the future, you'll be able to use your brain to power sex toys.

Mind = blown.

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