Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wild Wednesday just got...wilder!


 
Welcome to Wild Wednesdays at Daily Dose of Decadence! I’m Olivia Starke and I write paranormal erotic romance. My latest release (if you’ll allow a little shameless self-promotion here) is available at Decadent Publishing. A 1NS titled Familiar Desires, it’s my current pride and joy so feel free to check it out.

Anyhoo, today I’ve been given free rein to blog, and being the erotic writer I am I thought I’d push the envelope on topics and blog about your secret friend and mine—sex toys. Yes, these clever little gadgets come in all shapes, sizes, and sorts. From plastic, latex, glass, the materials are numerous and of little consequence, it’s all about how they tickle our fancy.
Being a psychology major in college, one of the most fascinating things I remember from an abnormal psych class was the creation of the first vibrator to cure Victorian women of “female hysteria.” Built in the mid-1800s, it was steam powered and looked as if it could power a small airplane. Doctors of the time were stuck with the tiresome task of massaging the woman’s woohoo until she found release through “paroxysm” (the way of saying orgasm way back when.) This brilliant blessing of science relieved the doctors of manual orgasm duty, and of course helped those poor sufferers of hysteria. Leave it to the Victorians to make horniness an illness for women, but hey throw in a steam powered love machine and I think I’m feeling a bit hysterical, too!

If we go further back in history we find all sorts of naughty tidbits on what our ancestors were up to when it came to spicing up the naked tango. The Chinese have the first documented cock ring in 1200 A.D. Not made from the nubbed polyurethane you and I know and love—no, these babies were hardcore and made from goat eyelids. If you’re finished cringing, we’ll move on to our loyal and always ready standby, the dildo, a gift from the Greeks right around 500 B.C., marketed toward bored ladies who needed a little polite company.

When it comes to sex toys we all have our personal preferences as did our ancestors (albeit creepy at times) but the point is, sex is supposed to be fun! Whether you view our ability to spice up our love lives as a fluke of biology or a gift from God, take it from your great greatgreatgreat grandmother and throw in some kink ;;)

14 comments:

Dominique Eastwick said...

If horniness is an illness I think all of us Romance writers are in serious need of Treatment :) Great Blog Olivia.

Olivia Starke said...

Thanks Dominique, I love obscure trivia.

Starla Kaye said...

Steam powered love machine! Gotta love those Victorians!

Maureen said...

Well, ya gotta love a goat's eyelid...

What I want to know is who was the first guy who looked a goat and thought... "I wonder how it would work if I slip this over my prick and..."

I always want to salute those brave lads and lasses who dares something different! ;-)

Kate Richards said...

My niece is hosting a passion party next week and sending me an order form since I can't attend...I suddenly feel inspired to shop!

Jessica Subject said...

Yes, I cringed. I agree with Maureen, who was the person who thought of that?

Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing! ;)

Maureen said...

Think someone got really drunk and it was a dare?

Duuuuuuuude!

Olivia Starke said...

@Jessica and Maureen Exactly what I thought! lol Maybe it's best we don't know the specifics.

@Kate Shop away :) Add your 'successful purchases' to your next release ;;)

Kimberly said...

What a fantastic blog! I learned a few things I'd never known. Okay, the goat eyelid was kind of disgusting, but dildos going back as far as 500 BC? Wow! It's good to know that are ancestors were just as kinky as we are:)

Kienna Riley said...

Olivia! You make learning fun. I always enjoy what you write, no matter what the subject.

Olivia Starke said...

@Kimberly I know right :)
@Kienna Thanks girl, you're awesome too :D

ashlynn monroe said...

Oh My God!! This was so funny! Wow, this had to be the most fun research anyone has ever had to do. Great blog.

kathleen said...

I'm a little late on commenting, Olivia, but I love it. Sex toy trivia is what I needed after a long day at work. Very interesting!!!

Barbara Elsborg said...

Oh how I love this sort of trivia!! What a fun post.