History of Sex, Kinky Ideas and Adult Play from Taboo to “Woo-hoo!”

Cupid & Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

Throughout the ages, the role of sex in society is as varied as the story of humanity itself, from eras of permissive liberalism to staunch repression. The history of sex and kinky ideas reads like an encyclopedic tabloid written by a randy historian with a fantastic imagination. The drama surrounding the act that perpetuates the human species is indeed strange, fascinating, sometimes tragic and other times wonderful. From the 5th Century tantric rituals of India to the polysexual lust of the Greco-Roman times to the Christian prosecution of all things illicit, it has been one heck of a ride. What is taboo in one era is commonplace in another and vice-versa.

Perhaps one of the most notorious tales of sexual divergence and romantic calamity is that of Cupid and Psyche, which emerged from the canon of Greek mythology around the 2nd century A.D. This tale has long been edified by painters, writers and poets due to the taboo overtones of forbidden lust and sexual relations between unmarried lovers. In modern times, Cupid has been reduced to a mildly mischievous little cherub with a bow that shoots arrows of yearning. In ancient times, however, he was the deified charge of the goddess Venus, sent to undermine Psyche for having beauty that made her the subject of idolized worship. Instead of carrying out his orders, Cupid pricks himself with his own arrow and falls madly in love with Psyche. The two lovers then endure an epic whirlwind of envy, scrutiny and taboo secrecy that teeters on tragedy but ultimately ends in redemption.

Social acceptance of sexual expression is enjoying a 21st Century renaissance. Kinky ideas that were once considered taboo are now openly discussed, at least among society’s more liberated circles. Ancient ideas are resurfacing alongside new technology, allowing the curious and adventurous to learn from the history of sex and experience intimate pleasure, personal discovery and self-expression like never before.  

What is Taboo?

Social strictures that forbid the discussion of sexual pleasure and the association with those who indulge in it describes the taboo dynamic. People who admit to self gratification, sexual experimentation, expressive recreation or the use of adult toys have at one point or another been considered weirdos, outcasts, bad company and even downright evil. Sexual taboos are alive and well in the modern world, but as positive information about the health benefits of sexual fulfillment becomes more and more accessible, the fears of yesterday are slowly melting away as society warms up to the long-kept secrets of the sexually liberated.   

Masturbation

From the Darkness

The Judeo-Christian tradition is most notorious for the persecution of what is unanimously known as the safest form of sex. From the middle ages through modern times, this harmless act has been blamed for blindness, epilepsy, depression, tuberculosis, insanity and many other afflictions. Thankfully, the benefits of masturbation have been endorsed by countless authorities in the medical field, including Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders and editorial officials at Harvard Medical School. Positive outcomes of masturbation help distinguish what is taboo from what is fact, and range from stress relief to better sleep and from healthier relationships to prevention of prostate cancer in men.

Into the Light

Modern innovation sparked by kinky ideas has created a bevy of amazing devices designed to assist people in the enjoyment of some “Me” time. For women, there is readily available joy in the way of multi-speed massaging wands, soft-touch vibrators, mini vibrators and invisible enjoy-anywhere stimulators. Men can enhance their solo experiences with stroking sleeves, specialized lubricants and ergonomically designed pleasure rings. The future is here, and anyone who desires ecstasy can be master of their own destiny.

Role Playing

KinkLab Experimental Bondage Set

KinkLab Experimental Bondage Set

Tales from throughout the sprawling Roman Empire document the prevalence of polysexual relationships, pansexuality and polysexuality among the Senatorial, Equestrian and even the lower classes. Although underground swinging societies thrive in most modern western cities, the prospect of multiple relationships is probably not conducive to those who prefer monogamy and those who are concerned with STDs. Couples who crave variety,  however, are discovering guilt-free satisfaction by acting out their kinky ideas in role playing scenarios. The main ingredient is imagination, colored by adult accessories ranging from sets of soft bondage gear such as the KinkLab Experimental Bondage Set, to bedroom restraints and comprehensive adult play kits to wedding night fun kits.  

Adult Toys and Accessories

Western Origins

When it comes to what is taboo and what is conventional practice, the lines have been crossed throughout the history of sex, blurred by bleary documentation and are at last coming into definitive focus. Evidence of sexual desire being satisfied by artificial implements dates as far back as 25,000 BC. The Hohle Fels Phallus was reconstructed out of fragments found in a cave in Germany and prehistory experts unanimously agree as to its purpose. Technology has made vast improvements in this area, with soft, vibrating ergonomic implements that are designed to satisfy far beyond the capabilities of a length of polished stone. Just as ancient Greeks may have loved olive oil for more than just the taste, today anyone enjoying kinky ideas can lubricate their fun with any number of silicon or water-based products.

Eastern Origins

Concubines and queens of ancient China participated in the Taoist practice of Jade Egg, which can be equated to the modern popularity of Kegel exercises and the specified use of Kegel ball sets. Awareness of the complexity of human sexuality saw its first known heyday in the 3rd Century, when The Kamasutra was first written and circulated. This work is the first known treatise on lovemaking and intimate adult play. What is taboo in the minds of many today can be found in this text, as can many ideas being written about and championed by modern authors. The Kamasutra is by all means required reading for anyone interested in the history of sex and kinky ideas, as are books on female erotica, soft bondage, male sexual techniques and adult play for couples.         

Wine: A Universal Constant

Throughout the history of sex, at least from a Western perspective, the presence of wine is ubiquitous. Records from Biblical times, Roman Empirical rule, feudal Europe, the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution and present day all feature wine as an ever present libation be it in the glory of victory or the agony of defeat. Wine is the lubrication that primes the gears of culture, the synergy of community and the sanctity of intimate romance. As the sexual revolution progresses and kinky ideas become mainstream, anyone can elect to engage in wine and kinky adult play with any number of aptly named bottles of vino.  Consider accompanying a new kinky experience with a bottle of Naked Winery 2013 Oh! Orgasmic Tempranillo, 2013 Sexual Chocolate Syrah and Zinfandel and Petite Sirah or  Happy Bitch Sauvignon Blanc.  

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Luke Schmaltz is a freelance writer in Denver, Colorado specializing in articles, blog posts, social media and PR. He focuses on entertainment, pop culture, health, fitness and SEO while his creative pursuits include songwriting, fiction and nonfiction.

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