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The Real History of Sex Dolls

Betwixt The Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society

20-02-2024 • 44 mins

The origins of the modern sex doll are shrouded in myth.


Some say they came from crafty sailors in the 18th century, a long way from home and in need of, ahem, company.


In today's episode, Kate is joined by Bo Ruberg, author of Sex Dolls At Sea: Imagined Histories of Sexual Technologies to uncover the truth.


How were early sex dolls used to smuggle booze into Paris? What do the sex doll myths reveal about ourselves? And why is there such stigma around them compared to other sex toys?


This episode was edited and produced by Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.


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