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A sex toy is a sexual aid used for masturbation and to enhance pleasure during sex between partners. Sex toys may be big business now, but they're hardly new. In fact, anthropologists believe they've been around for thousands of years, with the earliest known example being an ivory figurine dating back 35,000 years.
Penis extenders were mentioned in the Kama Sutra, while the Chinese are believed to have invented the cock ring in 1,200 C.E. The dildo first appeared around 1,400 C.E in Italy and was made of wood or leather. In 1869, the first vibrator was invented as a treatment for "female hysteria" and was used by doctors on women in their clinics. In 1941, the sex doll was invented in Germany.
In current times, sex toys have become safer, more sanitary, and a lot more fun. According to Adam & Eve, 60% of American women own and use a sex toy. The vibrator is the most popular sex toy, but the rubber penis, lubricant, anal beads, penis rings, and rubber vaginas round out the list.