The dildos, called “he’s-at-homes” in some books on the history of the Yankee whale fishery, were meant to be some insurance of fidelity for a husband who was rarely present. What could more perfectly complicate the image of starched, buttoned-up, nineteenth-century Quaker women—the ones pacing the widow’s walks and stitching around the stitching circle?
What if, my children, there was another, different sort of dick that was just as important a thread in Nantucket’s rich historical tapestry? Well, gather round as I tell of the dildo of yore, otherwise known as the “he’s at home.” Ben Shattuck at Lit Hub took a deep dive into Nantucket’s dildo history. The history would suggest that these were gifts from seafaring husbands, who were rarely at home and didn’t want their wives to stray or suffer a sad, dickless existence ...
Sure, they were bound by Puritan restrictions, but that didn’t stop the women from taking charge of business affairs. Thirty miles off the coast of Massachusetts, the lonely women also took charge of their own sexuality, and that’s where homemade dildos called he’s-at-homes come in.
There once was a dildo in Nantucket. He's-at-homes The dildos of the wives of the whalers of Nantucket. Except this isn't exactly about that, really, it's about loneliness, fading port towns, myth making and removing women from history. posted by Helga-woo (46 comments total) 76 users marked this as a favorite. A great read, thanks for posting.
When whalers from Nantucket set out for their journeys around the world, left at home were their wives, sometimes for three or four years at a time. According to scholars and legend, the wives turned to dildos for comfort as stand-ins for their departed husbands. These devices even had a name, the “he’s-at-home”.
In the 19th century (when limericks were popular), Nantucket was the whaling capital of the world. This is a town with a strong naval history, and hundreds of people like to visit every year. Maybe if I ever do, I’ll have to ask one of the locals if all these rumours are true.
Dildo-like breadsticks, known as olisbokollikes (sing. olisbokollix), were known in Ancient Greece prior to the 5th century BC. In Italy during the 1400s, dildos were made of leather, wood, or stone. Chinese women in the 15th century used dildos made of lacquered wood with textured surfaces, and were sometimes buried with them.
Besides, it's not like dildos are some new invention. In Nathaniel Philbrick's book "In the Heart of the Sea," which is about the whaleship Essex being sunk by a whale (which inspired "Moby Dick,") he said that on Nantucket, they've discovered that a lot of homes were built with hiding places in the stone fireplaces for whaler's wives would ...
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