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Prehistoric Penis

July 26th, 2005

Dr Petra

A 20 cm long and 3cm wide phallus, believed to be about 28,000 years old has been found in a German cave. Whilst researchers weren’t sure of it’s purpose, it’s been suggested it could have been a sex aid.

Interestingly the media coverage of the phallus says a lot about 21st century sexual values. There have been discussions about the size and shape of the phallus, or that heterosexual ice-age couples used it as a sex toy, or ladies used it to put on a show for their man.

But how do we know this is the case?

Perhaps it could have been used for anal or vaginal penetration by gay or straight couples, or maybe lesbians had fun with it. Possibly it was a lovingly carved as a gift for a partner, or came from the equivalent of an ice-age sex store. It could have been used to teach people about the body, in spiritual sex, worship, or a sex party. It may have held a spiritual significance or simply helped people get off.

Finding such an important artefact indicates our ancestors were more sexually aware than we often give them credit for. Let’s give them the credit they deserve and get out of our narrow 21st century view of sex and imagine all the possibilities the phallus may have enjoyed.

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