From the Ancient Greeks to Bluetooth Vibrators: The History of Sex Toys

21st century sex toys represent the heights of human sexuality, technological progress, and evolving attitudes toward inclusivity and sex positivity. But did you know the history of sex toys dates back millions of years, to rudimentary phalluses carved from stone? In this episode of History Of, we’re diving… uh, elbows… deep into the long, complicated, controversial history of the sex toy. Why did Ancient Greeks use bread loaves as dildos? How did a sexist Victorian medical practice originate a wildly popular urban legend about the vibrator? Who was the 1970s feminist that opened a sex shop and completely changed the conversation around women and sex toys? Host Janae Price covers all this and more, in just over 6 minutes.

Did you know the history of the sex toy dates back millions of years? Or that McDonald’s McRib drew inspiration from the U.S. military? Or, that the modern tailgate might have been invented during a Civil War battle? In History of… Thrillist is taking you through a rapid-fire crash course on some of humankind’s greatest innovations in food, drink, travel, and fun. Hey, if you can keep up, you actually might learn something!


Senior Development Producer
Wil Fulton

Associate Producer
Mia Faske

Editorial Assistant/Voice Over
Janae Price

Motion Graphics & Animation
Danna Windsor

Senior Designer
Maggie Rossetti

Zachary Lapierre

Production Coordinator
Charles Ross

Motion Graphics
Danna Windsor

Post Production Supervisor
Daniel Byrne

Director of Production
Anna Frangos

Senior Director –
Development & Production
Leo Fernandez

Creative Director
Audra V Pace

Head of Video
Jim D’Amico

Chief Content Officer
Meghan Kirsch

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