Aphrodisiac, eroticism, homosexuality, narcissism, nymphomania, pederasty all these terms are derived from the language of ancient Greece which tells you something about its society. The myths of Homer and Plutarch told stories such as that of Aphrodite, goddess of sexual intercourse, who emerged from the foaming semen of her father's castrated testicles. Then there were the mortal heroes such as Hercules, who it is said ravished 50 virgins in a single night, but who also had an affair with his nephew Iolaus and fell in love with "sweet Hylas, he of the curling locks". From the early 6th century to the early 4th century, the culture of pederasty flourished in Athens, with adult men taking adolescent boys to serve as their lovers although how much physical sex actually happened is a matter of some debate. Women in ancient Greece were generally the property of men and rarely enjoyed the exalted status of the young homosexual partner. But we know that there was a strong culture of female prostitution, with the most successful courtesans often wielding power and wealth and with brothels paying a state tax on their profits. Neglected wives found ways to satisfy their desires. Lesbians called tribades certainly existed, and the culture is associated most particularly with the island of Lesbos "where burning Sappho loved and sung". There are also plenty of literary references to the use of dildos, which in ancient Greece were made of padded leather and anointed with olive oil before use.
Anal In the Spotlight
Takeaway: A swanky event devoted to anal sex education shows just how much perceptions are shifting. Sponsored by b-Vibe , a new vibrating butt plug and anal sexual health company founded by Alicia Sinclair, the event included a series of tables displaying different eras in anal sex history. From ancient times, to our more modern, enlightened view at least in liberal hubs like NYC , each noteworthy benchmark of anal sex was on view. And, while the Museum of Sex is a tiny museum, it's packed with cool artifacts in its mission to inform and normalize sex in a sex-positive - yet glamorous - setting. There were fact-packed displays made of cardboard, replicas of bison having sex, pottery displaying orgies, and a slew of butt plugs of all sizes, lined up like a set of Russian dolls. On the small glass coffee tables sat clusters of peaches, a testament to the newfound status of the peach emoji. It was a swanky event, though.
Anal sex was practiced by ancient cultures thousands of years ago.
Flicking through anthropological texts yields a pathetic number of references to heterosexual anal sex. Is this because researchers assume that it's only for homosexual guys? Those researchers are missing a trick. Our resident sex anthropologist Florence Walker investigates. The Ancient Greeks weren't the only peoples to have had a mania for portraying sex acts in clay.
But in this case, all the displays were centered around one thing: anal sex. Presented by the butt plug company b-vibe , the exhibition taught us that anal sex has basically been around since time immemorial, starting with the ancient Moche civilization of Peru. Here are 7 things you probably never knew about anal sex from the Museum of Sex Exhibit.