The History of Obscene Telephone Calls

The History of Obscene Telephone Calls

People have been making obscene telephone calls for almost as long as the telephone has been in existence. In recent years, however, they have begun to change form, as digital communications have offered several new ways of achieving the same goals, while maintaining more anonymity. 

A recent paper in the Archives of Sexual Behavior traced the history of obscene telephone calls and the people who make them. Below, I share some the timeline and some of the key takeaways from this review.

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Believe It or Not, Nude Psychotherapy Used To Be A Thing—And Even The APA President Supported It

Believe It or Not, Nude Psychotherapy Used To Be A Thing—And Even The APA President Supported It

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine shared an article with me that offered a historical review of the “nude psychotherapy” movement in psychology. Wait—what? As I began to read it, I learned that in the 1960s and 70s, some psychologists were getting naked with their patients with the hope of getting them more in touch with their “true” or “authentic” selves.

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My Favorite Story About the History of the Vibrator Isn't True

My Favorite Story About the History of the Vibrator Isn't True

About a decade ago, I came across a book entitled The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel Maines. It quickly became one of my favorites on the history of sex because it presented a fascinating and scandalous story behind how the vibrator came to be such a popular device—a story that appeared to be grounded in rigorous academic research. It turns out that there’s a major problem with this story, though: it’s not true.

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The Fascinating Story Behind The Birth Of The Pill

The Fascinating Story Behind The Birth Of The Pill

The birth control pill is something that a lot of us take for granted today. It has never been more widely available or easier to access (in fact, more than 10 million women in the US are currently using it). It has never been more versatile either--dozens of different formulations of the pill have been created, thereby allowing it to meet the needs of a wide range of women. Those needs include pregnancy control and prevention, menstrual cycle regulation, and (for some) acne control. Have you ever stopped to wonder where this miracle of modern medicine came from, though?

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Today In The History Of Sex Research: Homosexual Necrophilia In The Mallard Duck

Today In The History Of Sex Research: Homosexual Necrophilia In The Mallard Duck

Twenty years ago today, one of the most unusual and fascinating studies of animal sex I have ever come across took place. It was an observational study of the world’s first known case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. Click here to read a summary of it that I wrote a few years ago. Believe it or not, this write-up is the single most popular blog post I have ever written and it has been read hundreds of thousands of times. Forget human sex--you guys are clearly more interested in reading about dead duck sex than anything.

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The History Of Condoms (VIDEO)

According to popular folklore, condoms were invented in the 18th century by the personal physician of King Charles II of England, who was supposedly named the “Earl of Condom.” However, there is no evidence that an Earl of this name ever existed and it turns out that the world’s first condoms can actually be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, who created penile sheaths made of linen to prevent pregnancy and venereal disease. Indeed, as you’ll learn in the video below (entitled The History of Condoms), our use of prophylactics actually has a very long and quite complicated history.

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