Sex & Dating

The Creatively Kinky History of Butt Plugs

We love a kinky history moment.

By
3,175 Hypes

The Creatively Kinky History of Butt Plugs

We love a kinky history moment.

Sex toys have an intricate history that most people aren’t keen on — and butt plugs are no different.

In the early 1900s, vibrators were prescribed as medical devices to help treat women with hysteria. Ironically at the same time, Dr. Young was selling “Ideal Rectal Dilators,” marketed to heal headaches, insomnia, bad breath, acne, anemia, anorexia, hemorrhoids, nervousness, irritability and more.

On an even more ironic note, these rectal dilators are identical to what we now know as butt plugs and anal training kits. Dr. Young swore by his treatment so deeply that he claimed: “the few failures… are due to neglect to use them.” They even came packed with a lubricant for insertion.

Dr. Young’s directions were “First warm dilator in warm water. Then lubricate outside of the dilator with Doctor Young’s Piloment (or if it is not available, with vaseline) and while in a squatting position — or while lying on the side with knees drawn up — gently insert into the rectum as far as the flange or rim.” As you can see, the directions are identical to those of a modern-day anal training kit.

But in 1943, Dr. Young was handed a lawsuit by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for not having any medical evidence to support his findings and eventually, his business was dissolved.

The story — as hilarious as it is — points two an important question: Did Dr. Young truly believe that butt plugs could cure all? Or was the rectal dilator a foolproof method of selling anal training kits in disguise?

Granted, there’s no proof that Dr. Young was sneakily selling butt plugs for pleasure, but when you take a look at the modern use of butt plugs, the two kits are very similar.

Have a look for yourself below.

Read Full Article
Share this article

What to Read Next

B-vibe Just Released the Biggest Butt Plug We've Ever Seen
Sex & Dating

B-vibe Just Released the Biggest Butt Plug We've Ever Seen

A bold, yet effective approach to bussy building.
4,683 Hypes

How to Shop for Butt Plugs That Won't Get Lost in Your Bum
Sex & Dating

How to Shop for Butt Plugs That Won't Get Lost in Your Bum

For those who like a little razzle dazzle.
4,095 Hypes

The Viral Kinky Character Equivalent Test, Explained
Sex & Dating

The Viral Kinky Character Equivalent Test, Explained

Are you giving Catwoman… or Barney the Dinosaur?
27,504 Hypes


Netflix True Crime Documentary 'Killer Sally' Unveils Kinky Underbelly of Bodybuilding
Sex & Dating

Netflix True Crime Documentary 'Killer Sally' Unveils Kinky Underbelly of Bodybuilding

Love, unconventional sex and murder.
4,311 Hypes

Chin Bangs Is the Latest Hair Trend That Will Have You "Phresh off the Runway" Ready
Beauty

Chin Bangs Is the Latest Hair Trend That Will Have You "Phresh off the Runway" Ready

Nothing beats a fresh set of bangs and a hot blow-out.
2,629 Hypes

Lio Mehiel Presents 'Ancient Futures,' a Celebration of Trans Beauty
Art & Design

Lio Mehiel Presents 'Ancient Futures,' a Celebration of Trans Beauty

Come explore an inside look at Part III of the installment.
4,578 Hypes

Emily Ratajkowski Stars in Miu Miu's FW22 Campaign
Fashion

Emily Ratajkowski Stars in Miu Miu's FW22 Campaign

Sydney Sweeney joins the cast along with Emma Corrin.
5,624 Hypes

4 Face Oils That Can Work as Hair Treatments
Beauty 

4 Face Oils That Can Work as Hair Treatments

We love multi-purpose products.
39,772 Hypes

KAWS Unveils Cereal Box Collaboration With General Mills
Culture

KAWS Unveils Cereal Box Collaboration With General Mills

A playful, nostalgic partnership inspired by monsters.
13,291 Hypes

ADOR Debuts Its Newest K-Pop Girl Group, NewJeans
Music

ADOR Debuts Its Newest K-Pop Girl Group, NewJeans

Comprised of five members: Hani, Danielle, Minji, Haerin and Hyein.
25,439 Hypes

Billie Eilish Unexpectedly Drops 2 New Tracks
Music

Billie Eilish Unexpectedly Drops 2 New Tracks

Titled “TV” and “The 30th.”
1,495 Hypes

Wardrobe.NYC's "Release 09 Stretch" Offers Knits For Summer
Fashion

Wardrobe.NYC's "Release 09 Stretch" Offers Knits For Summer

Featuring the brand’s first-ever signature shoe.
1,861 Hypes

New adidas x Gucci Styles Have Landed, Here's What to Cop
Fashion

New adidas x Gucci Styles Have Landed, Here's What to Cop

The much-loved collection gets an update.
4,532 Hypes

Rupi Kaur Shares Tips on Writing and Personal Growth in Upcoming Book 'Healing Through Words'
Culture

Rupi Kaur Shares Tips on Writing and Personal Growth in Upcoming Book 'Healing Through Words'

Perfect for writers or anyone looking to self-reflect.
2,157 Hypes

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep updated on the latest news.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.