A quest to make sense of it all. Or a sense to make a quest of it all.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I love olive oil, but I'm not putting it there.

This just in: Casanova used crude condoms made of linen, and called them "English riding coats".

Relatedly, I'm reading up on prostitution throughout history and learning all I never needed to know about primitive forms of contraception. Equally interesting: Lysol was (briefly) a popular means of contraceptive in the 1930's. There were seriously advertisements for it as "a feminine hygiene aid" which translated to "hopeful post-nookie cleansing" to prevent pregnancy. It wasn't so great at that, but it was great at vaginal "scalding", and quickly went back to being touted as a cleanser for the home, and the home only.

There are Egyptian paintings dating to 3000 B.C. that show men wearing condoms. It's unclear whether the devices were meant as contraception or ceremonially. Or maybe those kooky Egyptians just loved to accessorize everything.

This is fascinating.

Should prostitution be legal?


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