Description and uses General A dildo is a device usually designed for penetration of the vagina , mouth, or anus , and is usually solid and phallic in shape. Some expand this definition to include vibrators.
Others exclude penis prosthetic aids, which are known as "extensions". Some include penis-shaped items clearly designed with vaginal penetration in mind, even if they are not true approximations of a penis. Some people include devices designed for anal penetration butt plugs , while others do not.
These devices are often used by people of all genders and sexual orientations , for masturbation or for other sexual activity. Materials This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. July Learn how and when to remove this template message Mahogany wood dildo Rubber dildos, usually incorporating a steel spring for stiffness, became available in the s.
This was a less than satisfactory arrangement because of the potential for injury from cuts by the spring if the rubber cracked and came apart. Most of the inexpensive dildos sold in the s are made this way. PVC and jelly-rubber toys have been found to be problematic because they contain unsafe phthalates , softeners added to many plastics that are also found in some jewelry, food containers, and other soft rubber toys. Phthalates have been linked to health problems such as cancer and prenatal defects.
Products made of PVC or jelly rubber cannot be sterilized. Manufacturers recommend using condoms with these toys if users share them. High-end, chrome plated steel dildos are also popular in the BDSM scene. Some users prefer them because of their hardness , firmness, durability, electrical conductance see erotic electrostimulation , and low friction, especially when used in conjunction with lubricant.
Because they are heavy, they can be used to exercise vaginal PC muscles. A steel dildo may be warmed or cooled in water before use to elicit a range of temperature sensations. It may also retain body heat of the user. Because of its polished nonporous surface, it may be sterilized in boiling water, or in an autoclave. Glass dildos have similar features to steel ones.
In most of the cases, glass toys are solid, and made of Pyrex or other types borosilicate glass Schott-Duranglas and Simax , although this may vary, depending on the manufacturer.
Like steel, glass toys may be used to apply firmer pressure than silicone can to a female's G-spot urethral sponge or male's prostate gland. Unlike other types of toys, glass sex toys can also be personalized with inscriptions. Cyberskin is a synthetic material that feels more like human skin. It is a porous material and cannot be sterilized. It often gets sticky after washing which can be remedied by a dusting of cornstarch and is more delicate and more prone to rips and tears than silicone dildos.
Phallus-shaped vegetables and fruits, such as bananas or zucchini have even been used as dildos. Any object of sufficient firmness and shape could be hypothetically used as a dildo. Shape Acryl dildo Conventionally, many dildos are shaped like a human penis with varying degrees of detail; others are made to resemble the phallus of animals.
Not all, however, are fashioned to reproduce the male anatomy meticulously, and dildos come in a wide variety of shapes. They may resemble figures, or simply be practical creations which stimulate more easily than conventional designs.
In Japan , many dildos are created to resemble animals or cartoon characters, such as Hello Kitty , so that they may be sold as toys, thus avoiding obscenity laws.
Some dildos have textured surfaces to enhance sexual pleasure. Some dildos have macrophallic dimensions including over a dozen inches long. April Learn how and when to remove this template message "Anal dildo" redirects here. For the vibrating device intended to remain in place for some time, see anal vibrator. Most dildos are intended for vaginal or anal penetration and stimulation, whether masturbation or with a sexual partner.
Dildos have fetishistic value as well, and may be used in other ways, such as touching one's own or another's skin in various places, often during foreplay or as an act of dominance and submission. If of appropriate sizes, they can be used as gags , for oral penetration for a sort of artificial fellatio.
Dildos, especially specially designed ones, may be used to stimulate the G-spot area. A dildo designed to be inserted in the anus and remain in place for a period of time is usually referred to as a butt plug. A dildo intended for repeated anal penetration thrusting is typically referred to as an anal dildo or simply "dildo". Anal dildos and butt plugs generally have a large base to avoid becoming accidentally completely inserted into the rectum, which may require medical attention to remove.
There are also double-ended dildos , with different-sized shafts pointing in the same direction, used by women to accomplish vaginal and anal penetration at once, or for two partners to share a single dildo. In this case, the dildo acts as a sort of "see-saw"; each partner takes an end and receives stimulation.
Some dildos are designed to be worn in a harness, sometimes called a strap-on harness or strap-on dildo , or to be worn inside, sometimes with vibrating devices attached externally. Strap-on dildos may be double-ended, in which case they are meant to be worn by users who want to experience vaginal or anal penetration while also penetrating a partner. They may also be used for anal penetration of men. If the penetration is done by a female partner to a male partner, the act is known as pegging.
Other types of dildos include those designed to be fitted to the face of one party, inflatable dildos, and dildos with suction cups attached to the base sometimes referred to as a wall mount.
Other types of harness mounts for dildos besides strapping to the groin include thigh mount, face mount, or furniture mounting straps. Recent social acceptance and popularity has resulted in the emergence of highly adorned dildos.
These are often made of expensive materials and may also be jewelled. Society and culture Etymology The etymology of the word dildo is unclear. It would be inserted into a hole on the side of the boat, and is very similar in shape to the modern toy. It is possible that the sex toy takes its name from this sailing tool, which also lends its name to the town of Dildo and the nearby Dildo Island in Newfoundland , Canada.
Others suggest the word is a corruption of Italian diletto "delight". William Shakespeare used the term once in The Winter's Tale , believed to be from or , but not printed until the First Folio of History Dildos in one form or another have been present in society throughout history.
But it has been avoided. Scientists believe that a centimeter siltstone phallus from the Upper Palaeolithic period 30, years ago, found in Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm, Germany , may have been used as a dildo. Nashe's earlys work The Choice of Valentines mentions a dildo made from glass. Haberlandt,  for example, illustrates single and double-ended wooden dildos from late 19th century Zanzibar. With the invention of modern materials, there appeared the possibility of making dildos of different shapes, sizes, colors and textures.
Some pieces show their use in group sex or in solitary female masturbation. Would you like me to find some mechanism by which we could end this war? Metro and Kerdon are main characters in the next play in the sequence, Mime VII, when she visits his shop. Page duBois, a classicist and feminist theorist, suggests that dildos were present in Greek art because the ancient Greek male imagination found it difficult to conceive of sex taking place without penetration. Therefore, female masturbation or sex between women required an artificial phallus to be used.
This was not printed at the time, due to its obscenity  but it was still widely circulated and made Nashe's name notorious.
The only way he can see her is to hire her. However, she resorts to using a glass dildo as he finds himself unable to perform sexually to her satisfaction. This play and Ben Jonson 's play The Alchemist are typically cited as the first usage of the word in publication Nashe's Merrie Ballad was not published until .
John Wilmot , the 17th century English libertine , published his poem Signor Dildo in During the Parliamentary session of that year, objections were raised to the proposed marriage of James, Duke of York , brother of the King and heir to the throne, to Mary of Modena , an Italian Catholic princess. An address was presented to King Charles on 3 November, foreseeing the dangerous consequences of marriage to a Catholic, and urging him to put a stop to any planned wedding ' You ladies all of merry England Who have been to kiss the Duchess's hand, Pray, did you not lately observe in the show A noble Italian called Signor Dildo?
A rabble of pricks who were welcomed before, Now finding the porter denied them the door, Maliciously waited his coming below And inhumanly fell on Signor Dildo This ballad was subsequently added to by other authors, and became so popular that Signor became a term for a dildo.
To act with young boys is loving without men. What will not poor forsaken women try? When man's not near, the Signior must supply. Many other works of bawdy and satirical English literature of the period deal with the subject.
A Burlesque Poem London, , attributed to Samuel Butler , is a mock lament to a collection of dildos that had been seized and publicly burnt by the authorities. George Hamilton, in which a woman posing as a man uses a dildo.
This was a fictionalized account of the story of Mary Hamilton. Burroughs novel The Naked Lunch Texas , where the Supreme Court of the United States in struck down bans on consensual sex between gay couples, as unconstitutionally aiming at "enforcing a public moral code by restricting private intimate conduct.
Alabama is the only state where a law prohibiting the sale of sex toys remains on the books. The Southern Baptist preacher Dan Ireland has been an outspoken critic of such devices and has fought to ban them on religious and ethical grounds.