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I'm Dr. Lindsey Doe, clinical sexologist and host of this sex-curious show, Sexplanations. Today's episode is sponsored by Unbound, who sent me some very sexy jewelry.


For thousands of years, human beings have been adorning themselves with metal, bone, stones, and the like--what we call jewelry. This Greek fresco shows a woman with large hoop earrings from circa 1650 before common era. This painting depicts ancient Egyptians wearing earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Jewelry, for millennia, has been a way to mark wealth, accentuate beauty, and protect us.

And some jewelry has a sexual or romantic purpose. Poison or pillbox rings have been around for at least 2000 years to hold a loved one's portrait, lock of hair, or cologne (or to slip lethal powder into a cheating loved one's drink). Pendants like this one from ancient Rome or India are explicitly a phallus, a penis shape. Those from Rome are called fascinum or fascinus, named after the deity of the same name. Baby boys were given these protective pendants 9 days after birth to ward off evil as children and combat the jealousy of other men as adults. In India, they're called palad khiks and they're also considered protective against murder, rape, and theft.

Another way that jewelry has taken on a sexual connotation is through these by Unbound. I chose five pieces from their collection to show you, but there are many, many more available on their website. This is the Amelia Whip Choker, named after Amelia Earhart because she was a risk-taker who pursued adventure. She was also keen on open marriage. In a letter to her fiance, Earhart wrote, "On our life together I want you to understand I shall not hold you to any medieval code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly," and continues with an expectation that her spouse-to-be will let her go in a year if they don't find happiness together. I'm into that sexual meaning of this necklace, but there's another and another. 

It's a choker and thin black or red chokers are thought to have been accessories of sex workers in the 1800s. Black or woven ribbon chokers in the early 1900s was a way to signal that you were a lesbian. And, even today, a sturdier leathery or chain choker indicates submission to sexual domination, like a collar your master can put a leash on, which relates to its third sexual connection. If I unclasp it, my choker becomes a whip for light BDSM. Hey, partner, up for a little masochism or pleasure from pain.
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