Dincolo de cârnaţi, lumânări sau orice altceva se mai găsea sau fabrica în formă de penis (unii zic că de-aici îşi iau cârnaţii forma, apoi vibratoarele din lemn – probleme cu aşchii şi toate cele), pentru femeile secolului XVII, asemenea celor secolului nostru, mai rămânea o problemă esenţială. Sexul înseamnă viaţă, dar vibratorul devine un biet simulacru în acest caz. Răspunsul a venit oarecum rapid, în orice caz natural, intermediarul dintre viaţă şi sex, orgasme sau o plăcere minoră, este fără îndoială sperma. Aşa că oamenii, sau mai bine zis femeile, n-au stat degeaba. Dacă Pygmalion
ăla a putut să-şi facă jucăria erotică, de ce n-ar putea o femeie să realizeze o treabă asemănătoare – doar că cu o treabă ceva mai însemnată. Măcar sub forma de mit, căci nu de alta, dar să ne gândim un moment la miile de femei care auzind povestea de mai jos, şi-au găsit subiectul rugăciunilor şi al scrisorilor trimise lui Moş Crăciun:
The pleasure of an orgasm that was brought on by the pleasure of feeling the heat of the male ejaculation was therefore unquestionably superior to one that was brought on by other means. A dildo may afford a woman pleasure in the absence of a penis: “Others make use of a saveloy sausage or large four ounce candles or, failing that, insert their fingers as far as they can and so achieve an orgasm. Many poor girls who are shut away despite their wishes, and all women in religious orders who only see the world through a grill, are obliged to resort to such methods…”But the pleasure gained from the use of such implements was inferior to the pleasure of using a dildo that also had some mechanism for emitting a semen-like fluid. Susanne relates a story that she claims to have read in a history book “about a king’s daughter who made use of a pleasant device instead of a real man.” This woman used a bronze replica of a man, which had a life-like penis made of some other, softer material, and which could also be made to emit a semen-like substance when desired: “At the moment of orgasm she turned a certain knob which protruded from the rump of the statue so that its member squirted a non-stop flow of a certain warm, thick, and white liquid—like a gruel—into the girl’s cunny, which irrigated her and provided a satisfactory form of intercourse.”
The nearer we get to the likeness of a penis that can ejaculate, the nearer was the possibility of complete female sexual satisfaction. But this variety of pleasure was in its turn an inferior pleasure to that which was brought on by penetration with a real, live, penis and the ejaculation of seminal fluid.
It is the possibility of conception that is the crucial ingredient for the greatest of pleasures, for it was only when male and female ejaculate met that the greatest heat, and therefore the greatest pleasure, resulted. The woman’s greater pleasure in, and appetite for, intercourse was thus accounted for, but in terms that gave primacy to the male role in delivering her satisfaction.
(Sarah Toulalan, Imagining Sex: Pornography and Bodies in Seventeenth-Century England, Oxford University Press, 2007, pp. 76/7.)