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Medieval Onanism - 1370°C

Nov. 18th, 2006

09:37 pm - Medieval Onanism

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We're currently watching the History Channel's "History of Sex," and suddenly, despite my assertion that the only professors who appear on the show are mediocre ones at decent universities, up pops Ruth Karras.

In short, she's the awesome. She'll be on my PhD committee. And she's also the professor that, when i asked her, in our class' meeting at a local pub, "so, what the hell were medieval dildos made out of anyway?" answered me by sending me a lengthy email entitled "Medieval Onanism" (because she worried that "masturbation" would be snagged by spam filters) that described, in more detail than one might wish, from what such devices were fashioned.

Neat.

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From:xaiax
Date:November 19th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
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You can't leave us hanging like that.

:/

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From:nodis
Date:November 19th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
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agree
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From:_goodmanbrown_
Date:November 19th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Given that we are talking about medieval dildos, I'm going out on a limb and guessing that they were made of either carbon nanofibers, plastic, or leather.

Or, possibly, they were fashioned out of bibles.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:November 19th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Well you know the answer to this one already: leather.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:November 19th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
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See comment below. Usually, something wood wrapped in leather. I'm sure, if you so desire, i could find you a link to a photo or two ;)
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From:imbrium8
Date:November 19th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
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God, I love medieval studies. I just cannot understand how people don't like medieval studies - I assume they don't know what they're missing out on.
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From:meghanh
Date:November 19th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Like geese who led crusaders!
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From:imbrium8
Date:November 19th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
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And so many zombie stories!
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From:darkneuro
Date:November 19th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I'd actually like to suggest distilling and posting the information. I'm burning with curiousity.
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