Don’t let the seeming progressiveness of these French playing cards from 1902 fool you: women were not actually allowed to participate in French elections until 1945. These cards were intended to be racy, silly, and improbable, even as they depicted women in the impressive (and since achieved!
Of course, this was all pretty hush hush, as homosexuality was considered a mortal sin. You know what they say about the size of a man’s feet? Related: What Your Favorite Sex Position Says About You 8.
Well, apparently they used to say it in the Middle Ages, too, as the long, pointy shoes that were in fashion were meant to suggest the size of a wearer’s penis. Ever wondered about the etymology of the word, “dildo”? One topic on which scientists and theologians disagreed was masturbation.
Check out this list of French terms of endearment to use with your loved ones (both romantic and familial).
For the most part, these all mean something along the lines of "sweetie," "darling," or "poppet," so I've provided the literal translations as well as a few notes (in parentheses).
No, me neither, but apparently it comes from the Old English word “dilldough,” which was a small loaf of bread flavored with dill, which women used to…well, anyway! Condoms did exist in the Middle Ages, but they were made out of animal bladders, tied with twine, and reused over and over again. The Church agreed with Thomas Aquinas, who considered masturbation to be an “unnatural vice,” and therefore strictly prohibited.