Stop beating off with your hand like a troglodyte! Today’s self-pleasures include interactive virtual reality, teledildonics, avatars and robots that will fuck and love you (or hate you, if that’s your bag). Hustler explores the future of digital-age masturbation.
Humans have been finding creative ways to pleasure themselves since the dawn of civilization, inventing a fascinating array of techniques to pursue the art of onanism, a fancy word for masturbation, which is a fancy word for rubbing one out.
The world’s oldest sex toys were recently discovered in Germany: prehistoric phalluses dating back 28,000 years, formed from dried camel dung and stone. While some might wince at the thought of putting Palaeolithic dung dildos anywhere near one’s fun parts, their form and function set a precedent that would continue for millennia.
Ceremonial, marital and interpersonal motivations would all become part of the history of masturbation, and some of the results were truly eye-popping. Ancient Greeks were the first to cover carved penises in leather or animal intestines to create a more humanlike experience for the user, while Chinese nobility used cock rings made from goat eyelids, often with the eyelashes still attached to achieve a heightened sense of stimulation.
Flash forward several thousand years. As we enter an age of unprecedented advancement in the fields of computing, 3D printing and artificial intelligence (AI), HUSTLER explores the new sexual horizons and asks where things are headed. We sat down with experts in the fields of sex and technology to find answers. What we learned is that with a new range of stimulatory virtual reality (VR) programs promising interactive XXX experiences, things are about to get very interesting when it comes to our alone time. No phallic rocks required. Unless, of course, that’s your thing.