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You Probably Didn’t Learn This Sex History In School — But Maybe You Should’ve

Yeah, some of these two minutes' worth of historical sex tidbits were pretty laughable to me as a modern-ish lady (avocados? really?!) — but the part at the end where laws come in? That really shocked me.

You Probably Didn’t Learn This Sex History In School — But Maybe You Should’ve

FACT CHECK TIME!

40 B.C. — Cleopatra would allegedly fill a hollow gourd with bees creating a primitive vibrator.


13th century — Aztec families would not allow their virgin daughters outside during avocado season because they believed the fruit to be too powerful an aphrodisiac.

15th century — Leonardo da Vinci studied the bodies of hanged men to disprove Aristotle's assertion that an erect penis was caused by an influx of air.

16th century France — Men accused of being impotent were forced to prove their virility in front of witnesses in court. Failure was cause for divorce.

18th century — famous seducer Giacomo Casanova allegedly gave his female companions half of a lemon rind to use as a diaphragm.

  • According to Mother Jones, Casanova attests to this in his memoir.

19th century — Minister Sylvester Graham introduced a bland, spiceless cracker as an alternative to spicy foods, which were believed to increase the libido.

1920s — Christian missionaries in the South Pacific promoted the "English-American" sex position to replace local variations.

  • Wikipedia supports this common belief (among other sources).

Late 1930s — Lysol was marketed as a feminine hygiene product.

Prior to 1962, oral sex was a felony in most U.S. states and could be punished with a lengthy prison term and hard labor.

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In 1945, the world had just endured the bloodiest war in history. World leaders were determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. They wanted to build a better future, one free from the "scourge of war" so they signed the UN Charter — creating a global organization of nations that could deter and repel aggressors, mediate conflicts and broker armistices, and ensure collective progress.

Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

This slideshow shows how the UN has worked to build peace and security around the world:

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Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

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