Trivial Cahoots: Sex Toy History Trivia Quiz

You know that sex toys have been around since before that franchise blew up in 2015, and before rabbits and Magic Wands appeared on Sex and the City, and before doctors’ offices in the 1900s. But for all that they’re a fascinating way to look at technology, gender, sexuality, culture, censorship, human connection, innovation and the pursuit of really great orgasms, sex toys and their history are often overlooked.

For this quiz, I encourage you to cheat. Knowledge is power.

Sex Toy History

If you’re into sex toy history, check out Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman and Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure by Lynn Comella.

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Ryan Yates

Ryan Yates was the NSFW Editor (2013–2018) and Literary Editor for, with bylines in Nylon, Refinery29, The Toast, Bitch, The Daily Beast, Jezebel, and elsewhere. They live in Los Angeles and also on twitter and instagram.

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  1. On the one hand, it’s not a great sign that the answer I was most confident about (and one of my 3 correct answers) was “bees.” On the other hand, I knew the bees answer because I minored in Classics at a women’s college and we spent an entire class period discussing Cleopatra’s sex toy collection in my “gender and sexuality in antiquity” course. So, with learning the rest of sex toy history ahead of me and that answer under my belt (heh), I still call this a win.

  2. 7 right, 47%, I was hoping I’d do better. Maybe I’ll look into those books mentioned at the end. I also didn’t realize I was encouraged to cheat. :)

  3. 47% I suck at these quizzes, but I refuse to cheat as if there’s a teacher hovering over my desk watching me.

    For some reason I am most disappointed to find out that Good Vibrations is owned by a man.

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