Episode #014 - February 9, 2003

Sex in History

Lead and mercury contraceptives When we think of oral contraceptives now, we think of The Pill. But women have been ingesting all sorts of things throughout history in order to avoid a pregnancy. Here's a few examples:

4000 years ago in China, women were instructed to drink lead and mercury to combat fertility. One can assume that death did indeed cure the problem.

Hippocrates encouraged women to avoid pregnancy by swallowing the seeds of Queen Anne's Lace, also known as the wild carrot. This probably had no medical effect.

Dried beaver testicles - Yummy! Some folk remedies did work, though. For example, a yam called the Barbasco Root was eaten by Indian women in Mexico for centuries. Modern researchers found that it contains a steroid contraceptive and does indeed help prevent pregnancy.

Canadian women weren't quite as lucky. During the 1700's in New Brunswick, the local oral contraceptive was a drink of alcohol in which a dried beaver's testicle had been steeped. Beavers still like to avoid that area.
Items courtesy Janssen-Ortho Museum of Contraception, Toronto

Hot Stuff Sex Toy

Spice Mini Massager This is a fairly inexpensive sex toy called SPICE. Two AA batteries go into the hand held control. It is supposed to be variable speed, but don't count on it.

Torpedo-shaped with a small round handle, it could be used for clitoral stimulation and around the opening of the vagina. Males would like it massaged around their genitals too.

It could be used for anal penetration, but be sure it is well lubricated and be gentle so you do not tear the rectal mucosa.

Because it is inexpensive, it would be a good first toy for genital and bum sex, but it probably will break before too long. On our HOT STUFF HIBACHI OF LOVE, my crew of sexperts rate the SPICE as two briquets.

Sue's Mini Review

Cute title - SEX FOR THE CLUELESS by MARCY SHEINER, published by Citadel Press. Same old, same old, all the usual topics including masturbation, oral sex, positions, role playing ,even references to the G Spot. It is pretty tame and certainly would not upset anybody, although I did find one reference to F**K BUDDIES, something I didn't expect "in your face" like that.